Sandoval's Defense Nets her Player of the Week Honors

Sept. 5, 2005

FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior defender Marlene Sandoval was selected Big West Women's Soccer Player of the Week for her role in the Titans' run to the Auburn/Reebok Soccer Classic title in Auburn, Ala. Fullerton toppled Auburn and South Carolina, a pair of teams ranked in the SoccerBuzz.com regional polls.

It is the first career Big West weekly honor for Sandoval and the first for a Titan defensive player since goalkeeper Laura Janke earned the honor in 2003. It is the 12th time a Titan has earned the conference's weekly honor since 2001.

Sandoval, a 5-9 defender, started at central defense and led the Titan defense to a 2-1 double-overtime win over the host Tigers in the tournament opener on Friday. CSF held Auburn to just 12 shots for the match and only six on net.

On Sunday, Sandoval accounted for the game's only goal as the Titans outlasted the previously-unbeaten Gamecocks. Sandoval converted a penalty kick in the ninth minute for her first goal of the year. She then led a solid defensive effort to make the goal stand up, allowing South Carolina just nine shots for the game.

Cal State Fullerton returns to action this weekend as one of four teams at the Santa Clara adidas Classic. The Titans will meet Gonzaga in the tournament opener on Friday (Sept. 9) at 5 p.m., before meeting the host Broncos on Sunday (Sept. 11) at 11 a.m.