Aug. 31, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
Coming off a split of its season-opening weekend contests, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team hits the road for the first of three non-conference tournaments away from home at the Auburn/Reebok Classic in Auburn, Ala. The Titans open on Friday (Sept. 2) against the host Tigers at 4 p.m. (PDT) before meeting South Carolina on Sunday (Sept. 4) at 9 a.m. (PDT).
IN THE RANKINGS:
Auburn enters the weekend ranked No. 9 in the Southeast Region according to Soccer Buzz. South Carolina is ranked No. 14 in that same poll. Cal State Fullerton is unranked.
FOLLOW THE TITANS FROM AFAR:
Barring technical difficulties due to launching a new website, live stats and an audio broadcast are scheduled to be available for Friday night's contest between Cal State Fullerton and Auburn via the Tigers official website at www.auburntigers.com. Live stats are also expected be available for Sunday's contest against South Carolina. Complete game recaps and box scores will be posted on www.fullertontitans.com as soon as they are available.
Auburn (www.auburntigers.com) got off to a slow start in its 2005 season, losing both of its opening matches to Rice (2-1) and nationally-ranked Texas (2-0). Ronda Brooks has the Tigers' lone goal on the season and Courtney Crandell the assist. Freshman Allison Whitworth and sophomore Anna Fiser have split time in goal with Fiser starting both of Auburn's matches (2.00 GAA).
SOUTH CAROLINA BRIEFLY:
South Carolina (www.uscsports.com) opened its season with a pair of wins last weekend, posting a 7-0 victory over Mercer on Aug. 26 and a 2-1 win over Furman on Aug. 28. The Gamecocks have outshot the opposition by a 32-10 margin through two games and are led offensively by Jessi Swaim, who has a pair of goals and two assists to lead the team in points. Seven others have goals while six others have assists.
WHERE THERE'S A WILSON, THERE'S A WIN:
Senior forward enters her final season in a Cal State Fullerton uniform ranked No. 2 in all-time points (64), goals (28), and game-winning goals (10), but it's what happens when she accumulates all those numbers that stands out even more. In her three seasons, the Titans are 22-2-1 when Wilson scores a point and an even more impressive 19-1-1 when she scores a goal - including an unbeaten streak of 17 consecutive matches dating back to her freshman season.
HOW'S THIS FOR BALANCED?
In Cal State Fullerton's 5-1 victory over San Jose State, the Titans have five different players tally goals - the most since they had six different players score in a 6-1 win over UC Irvine on Oct. 20, 2002. The four-goal margin was the largest margin of victory since a 4-0 win over Idaho on Oct. 24, 2004 and the 14 points in the match were the most since the 15 scored in a 5-0 win over Oregon on Sept. 28, 2003.
SWEET HOME ALABAMA:
This weekend's contests against Alabama and South Carolina will be only the second and third meetings with teams from the Southeastern Conference, and the first meeting with both schools, in the history of the women's soccer program at Cal State Fullerton. The Titans last met an SEC team in 1997 - a 1-0 victory over Alabama at the Fullerton Reebok Classic.
CORNERING THE MARKET:
Through two matches this season, Cal State Fullerton holds an 18-3 advantage in corner kicks, including an 11-0 advantage in last Sunday's victory over San Jose State. The 11 corner kicks were the most since the Titans amassed 12 corners in a 3-2 overtime victory over Cal State Northridge on Oct. 17, 2004.