Aug. 31, 2010
FULLERTON, CA -
KICK OFF: A busy Labor Day weekend for the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team will be spent at Titan Stadium as the Titans (1-1 overall) welcome three other teams to Orange County for the 2010 Under Armour Invitational. USC and UNC-Greensboro kick things off on Friday night (Sept. 3) at 5 p.m. before Fullerton and Purdue conclude day one at approximately 7:30 p.m. The teams then switch opponents for Sunday's action (Sept. 5) as the Women of Troy take on the Boilermakers at 11 a.m., and the Titans meet the Spartans at 1:30 p.m.
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"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?": Both of Cal State Fullerton's matches this weekend can be heard live over the Internet at www.FullertonTitans.com thanks to a partnership with Stretch Internet. Veteran soccer broadcaster Mike Martinez will have the call live from Titan Stadium. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage at FullertonTitans.com.
"CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?": Thanks to a partnership between the Big West Conference and the CBS College Sports Network, live video of select Cal State Fullerton women's soccer home and road contests will be streamed live over the Internet via the BigWestTV platform. A monthly subscription of \$9.95 or an annual subscription of \$79.95 delivers exclusive coverage to you. Friday's match against Purdue will not be available due to scheduling conflicts, but Sunday's match against UNC-Greensboro will be shown live for FREE! For more information, please visit www.BigWest.org/TV.
IN THE POLLS: UNC-Greensboro is ranked as high as No. 18 in the nation according to Soccer America and is receiving votes in both the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls... USC is receiving votes in both the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls... Cal State Fullerton and Purdue are unranked.
ABOUT THE BOILERMAKERS: Purdue comes into the weekend with a 2-1-1 overall mark, defeating St. Bonaventure (4-1) and tying Miami (1-1) last weekend... the Boilermakers have outscored the opposition by a 9-3 count with Lauren Montenegro, Kellie Phillips, Marta Lynch, and Rachael Kimack accounting for eight of the nine scores with two goals apiece... Carianne Betts has started all four matches in net, posting a 0.76 goals against average and 12 saves... Head Coach Robert Klatte is in his 13th season at the helm after leading Purdue to a 12-6-3 mark and a fourth-place Big ten finish at 5-3-2 in 2009... the Boilermakers return seven starters and 21 letter winners overall from last season's squad.
ABOUT THE SPARTANS: The preseason pick to win the Southern Conference, UNC-Greensboro enters the weekend with a perfect 3-0 mark, defeating East Carolina (2-0), No. 10 Wake Forest (2-1), and Utah (1-0) to open the year... Tabitha Padgett leads the team with two goals and 10 shots while three others have found the back of the net... Kelsey Kearney has started all three matches in net, allowing just one goal (0.33 goals against average) and making 14 saves... Head Coach Eddie Radwanski is in his 10th season at the helm, posting a 120-63-12 mark during his stay... six starters and 14 letter winners return overall for the 2010 season.
CONFERENCE CALL: Purdue will be only the second Big Ten team the Titans have faced in the history of the program following a 2-0 win over Michigan last season. UNC-Greensboro will be the first Southern Conference team Fullerton has faced.
WELCOME BACK: Although they won't be facing their former team this weekend, former Cal State Fullerton head coach Ali Khosroshahin and four-year letter winner Laura Janke will return to the Titan Stadium pitch for the first time since leaving the Titans to form the coaching staff at USC.
Khosroshahin, who led the Women of Troy to the 2007 NCAA Championship in his first season at USC, coached for six years at Cal State Fullerton, posting a 76-40-6 overall record and a 34-13-3 mark in Big West Conference play. He was a three-time Big West Coach of the Year, leading the Titans to regular season conference titles in 2001 and 2005 and a league tournament title in 2006. He guided Fullerton to the best season in school history in 2005 with a 19-4 overall record that included 10 consecutive victories and a berth in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. While at the helm, Khosroshahin produced 44 all-conference honorees (including 23 first-team selections), 13 all-region selections, and a pair of All-Americans.
Janke spent four seasons between the pipes for the Titans from 2000-03, finishing her career with 235 saves (2nd all-time), a 1.48 goals against average (5th all-time), 13 shutouts (2nd all-time) and 24 wins (tied for 2nd all-time). She was a two-time All-Big West selection in 2001 and 2003, finishing with her best season as a senior with six clean sheets and a 1.21 goals against average.
SORRY, IT'S MY FIRST TIME: The Titans will face a pair of first-time opponents this weekend in Purdue and UNC-Greensboro - one of two weekends featuring inaugural meetings. Fullerton will also meet Nebraska and Creighton for the first time, two weeks from now, during its Midwest trip on Sept. 17-19. Both weekends will give Fullerton a chance to improve on a recent trend that has seen them post just a 2-3-1 mark against first-time opponents over the last three seasons.
A SWEET QUARTET: The four goals scored against Eastern Washington last weekend were the most for the Titans since they defeated UC Irvine, 4-0, back on Oct. 29, 2006, and accounted for almost a quarter of the scoring from all of 2009 when Fullerton finished with 13 goals as a team.
MORE ON MULTIPLES: Sunday's offensive performance against Eastern Washington was a welcome respite from the offensive woes that plagued the Titans in 2009 when they scored multiple goals in a match only three times in 19 matches - but no more than two in a single match all year.
ROOKIES ON THE BOARD: Freshmen Nikki McCants and Lauren Mellano each recorded their first goals at the Division I level against Eastern Washington as McCants' goal in the 15th minute turned out to be the game-winner while Mellano's strike with seven seconds remaining in regulation capped the 4-0 shutout.
RARE, INDEED: Already the Titans' active leader in assists, senior Geminesse Martinez decided to put her name back in the scoring summary as a goal scorer on Sunday, netting only the second goal of her career and the first since her freshman season in 2007 when her goal in the closing minutes of regulation tied the match against No. 6 Santa Clara at Titan Stadium on Oct. 12.
MURILLO ON THE MOVE: Senior midfielder Christina Murillo netted the 12th goal of her career in Sunday's win over Eastern Washington - moving her into a tie for 10th place on the school's all-time list with Michele Bannister (2001-02). The 12 goals are the most among active Titans (Stacey Fox is second with eight) and, when you add in her assist from Sunday's match, Murillo now stands with 28 career points - which are just six shy of breaking into the school's all-time list and the most among 2010 Titans.
LIGHTS OUT: Cal State Fullerton's true season opener against Cal State Bakersfield on Aug. 20 has been suspended with just over 12 minutes to play in the first half after a campus power failure knocked out the lights at the CSUB Main Soccer Field. There has been no make-up date scheduled as of yet.
STRAIGHT FROM THE COACH'S MOUTH: With the start of the 2010 season upon us, fourth-year women's soccer head coach Demian Brown sat down for a few minutes in front of the camera with the Cal State Fullerton media relations staff to discuss his thoughts on the Titans and their upcoming campaign. Team photographer Matt Brown shot the interview in sparkling high definition and the complete interview is available via FullertonTitansTV on Vimeo.com. To access the interview, or one of many videos produced by the media relations office, please visit http://vimeo.com/fullertontitans or http://vimeo.com/14194612 to jump directly to the season preview video.
TITANS SEVENTH IN PRESEASON POLL: The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the Big West Conference for the 2010 season, receiving 34 points to finish ahead of UC Riverside (15) and UC Davis (13). Defending tournament champion UC Santa Barbara received four first-place votes and 75 points total to top the poll and was followed by regular season champ Cal Poly, which received two first-place votes and 61 points to place second. UC Irvine (two first-place votes, 60 points) was close behind followed by Pacific in fourth (one first-place vote, 58 points), Cal State Northridge in fifth (45 points), and Long Beach State in sixth place (44 points).
TO BE THE BEST...: Cal State Fullerton will be put to the test during the non-conference portion of its schedule as the Titans will face six teams that advanced to the 2009 NCAA Tournament as well as the Big West Conference automatic qualifier. Both Brigham Young and San Diego State reached the second round of last year's tournament while Purdue, Northern Arizona, Auburn, San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara participated in first-round games.
"WE ARE FAM-I-LY": It will be a family affair of sorts on the pitch this season for the Titans, who will list two sets of sisters on their 2010 roster. Junior midfielder/defender Caitlin Mellano will be joined in the middle by her sister, Lauren, while sophomore JeAnne Mazeau will play alongside younger sister, Erica.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE TITANS: The 2010 Titans will be well-armed to compete this season, returning 10 starters and 16 players overall off of last season's squad while welcoming in 11 new faces. Offensively, Fullerton returns four of its top five scorers and three goalkeepers who saw minutes in net last season. Despite finishing 6-8-5 overall, the Titans are coming off a fourth-place finish in the Big West, narrowly missing a conference tournament berth on tiebreakers, and finishing the year unbeaten in their last four contests (3-0-1), with all three wins coming against league opponents. NIne of the team's 19 matches were decided by a single goal (including five one-goal losses) and two more ended in scoreless ties as the five draws overall on the year were a school record and the six overtime matches were just one shy of the school mark set in 1993 and 2007 (3).
HEAD COACH Demian Brown: Former Cal State Fullerton standout Demian Brown returns to his alma mater for his fourth season at the helm of the Titans' women's soccer program, continuing to develop the Fullerton side into a national contender. Brown, the 2007 Big West Conference Coach of the Year, sports a 25-27-8 overall record as head coach after spending three seasons as an assistant and helping Cal State Fullerton to three conference tournament crowns, three regular season titles, and back-to-back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2005-07). He has coaches three Titans to Big West Defensive Player of the Year honors (Marlene Sandoval in 2005, Erica Janke in 2006, and Jenae Gibbens in 2007), 18 players to All-Big West first-team laurels, and 13 more names to the all-conference second-team and honorable mention squads.
ALSO ON THE SIDELINES: Returning the staff for his second season on the Titan Stadium sidelines is Diego Bocanegra, who spent two years prior to his arrival in Orange County as the head coach of the women's program at Cal State San Bernardino where he was 18-13-9 with the Coyotes... Returning for her third season on the bench is former Titan letter winner Lauryn Welch, a three-time All-Big West Conference selection and the MVP of the 2005 Big West Conference Tournament... Assisting with the Titans' goalkeeping corps is volunteer assistant Sam Reynolds, a former standout for the Fullerton men's side who finished his collegiate career with 12 shutouts, 271 saves, and a 1.51 goals against average before moving on to compete with the Portland Timbers of the USL First Division and Toronto FC in the MLS.