Hit the Road Jack... No. 15 Titans Open Eight-Match Roadtrip at California Invitational
Aug. 31, 2006
FULLERTON, CA -
Fresh off a season-opening shutout of Idaho, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team opens an eight-match September road trip this weekend with a pair of matches at the California Invitational in Berkeley, Calif.
The Titans open against West Coast Conference member Saint Mary's on Friday afternoon (Sept. 1) at 2 p.m. before challenging host and No. 10-ranked California on Sunday (Sept. 3) at 1 p.m.
ON THE AIR
This weekend's matches will not be broadcast, but Titan fans can follow along thanks to CSTV's Gametracker. Fans can access the links by visiting the women's soccer schedule on www.FullertonTitans.com.
Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with both Saint Mary's and California with 1-0 records... The Titans and Gaels last met in 2002 with Fullerton posting a 1-0 win at the UC Irvine Nike/Holiday Inn Invitational over then No. 24-ranked Saint Mary's... the last meeting between the Titans and Golden Bears was back in 1997 as Fullerton posted a 1-0 win at Titan Stadium.
IN THE POLLS
Cal State Fullerton jumped three spots in the Soccer Times poll to No. 18 in the nation and made its debut in the Soccer Buzz West Region poll at No. 15 this week. California is ranked in the top 15 in the country and in the top five in the west region in all four major polls, including as high as No. 10 in the NSCAA preseason poll (the first regular-season NSCAA poll will be release on Sept. 5). Saint Mary's is unranked.
NOTING SAINT MARY'S
Saint Mary's is 1-0 overall on the season after posting a 3-1 victory over Long Island University at home. Sophomore Danielle Spann scored a pair of goals while redshirt freshman Allie Weiner added a goal and an assist to pace the offense. The Gaels will have a road match at Sacramento State on Tuesday (Aug. 29) before the tournament in Berkeley.
No. 10 California has opened the season 2-0 after capturing the team title at the Wisconsin Invitational with victories over Indiana (1-0) and the host Badgers (1-0). The Golden Bears will meet Kansas on Friday before taking on the Titans to close out the weekend. Sophomore Valerie Barnes scored both goals for Cal in Wisconsin while senior goalkeeper Anna Key made seven saves in net to record a pair of shutouts.
THIS IS LOOKING FAMILIAR
The Titans had four different players find the back of the net in Sunday's win over Idaho, building off of last season's very diverse offense. Fullerton had 12 different players score goals in 2005, tying the school record set by the 1996 team.
WELCH PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
Senior midfielder Lauryn Welch picked up on Sunday right where she left off last season, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the Titans' 4-0 wn over Idaho. Welch led the Titans in scoring last season with nine goals and four assists en route to All-Big West First-Team honors.
HOME "STILL SWEET" HOME
Titan Stadium has truly been a home field advantage for Cal State Fullerton as the Titans have posted a 37-9-2 (.792) record on the home pitch over the last five seasons - including a school-best 10-1 mark last season.
Fullerton, which is 79-53-6 (.594) all-time at home in the 13-year history of the program, is currently riding a 11-match home winning streak dating back to the 2005 season-opening loss to San Diego State and has triumphed in 14 of its last 15 home matches dating back to the 2004 season.
SCHEDULE WILL TEST YOUNG TITANS
The young Cal State Fullerton roster will be tested early on as the Titans' 2006 schedule features six teams that participated in last year's NCAA Tournament, including three teams that advanced to the third round (California, Texas A&M, and Arizona) and a national quarterfinalist (Santa Clara). In addition, four of Cal State Fullerton's 2006 opponents (Santa Clara, Texas A&M, California, and Arizona) are ranked in the top 25 by one or more of the nation's preseason polls.
TITANS PICKED 2ND IN BIG WEST
The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team received two first-place votes and was picked to finish second in the Big West Conference in 2006 according to a poll of the league's coaches.
Long Beach State received three first-place votes and 56 points overall to finish atop the preseason poll for the first time in school history.
The Titans, who garnered 48 points overall, are right behind the 49ers followed by UC Santa Barbara in third place with 42 points and Cal Poly, which received two first-place votes, in fourth place with 41 points overall.
Pacific (35 points, one first-place vote) was picked fifth place with UC Riverside (34 points), Cal State Northridge (20 points), and UC Irvine (12 points) rounding out the poll.
TITANS TO MAKE NATIONAL TV DEBUT
The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer squad will make its television debut in late October as the Titans' clash with rival Long Beach State at Titan Stadium will be shown live on the Fox Soccer Channel at 8 p.m. For more information and local channel (cable and satellite) listings, visit their website at www.foxsoccer.com.
THE TITANS' OWN "COACH K"
Fullerton is led by sixth-year Head Coach Ali Khosroshahin, who has led the Titans to a 65-32-4 (.663) overall record and three Big West Conference titles in his five seasons at the helm. Under his tutelage, 39 players have been named to All-Big West Conference teams (including 21 first-team honorees), seven players have earned individual accolades from the conference, 11 players have been named to various All-West Region teams, and the program has seen its first two All-Americans (Karen Bardsley and Marlene Sandoval) and an Olympian (Marlene Sandoval - Mexico, 2004).