Sept. 9, 2010
FULLERTON, CA -
KICK OFF: Pack your bags and your Willie Nelson CD's as the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (2-2 overall) will be on the road again, and again, and again beginning this weekend in Los Angeles. The Titans kick-off a six-match road trip with a 30-minute freeway jaunt north to USC as the Trojans play host to Fullerton, Northern Arizona, and Auburn for the 2010 USC Tournament at McAlister Field. The Titans will meet the Lumberjacks on Friday afternoon (Sept. 10) at 1 p.m. before meeting the Tigers on Sunday morning (Sept. 12) at 11 a.m.
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"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?": Due to facility limitations, neither of Cal State Fullerton's matches will be streamed live this weekend. Be sure and check FullertonTitans.com for a match recap and box score this weekend to be posted as soon as possible after each match.
"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. For more information, please visit www.BigWest.org/TV.
IN THE POLLS: Auburn is ranked No. 25 in the nation according to Soccer America, No. 21 in this week's Soccer Times poll, and is receiving votes in this week's NSCAA coaches poll... USC is receiving votes in both the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls... Northern Arizona and Cal State Fullerton are unranked.
ABOUT THE LUMBERJACKS: Northern Arizona enters the weekend with an 0-2-2 overall record, having tied its last two outings at Arizona (1-1) and at New Mexico State (1-1)... those results followed one-goal losses to Arizona State (4-3) and UTEP (1-0) to open the year... Kristi Andreassen leads the team in scoring with a pair of goals and an assist while Sam Monahan leads the squad with three assists on the year... goalkeeper Lauren Weaver has started three of the four contests, posting a 0.87 goals against average and 18 saves... Head Coach Andre Luciano is in his 10th season at NAU, leading the Lumberjacks to a pair of conference titles over the last two years and a 69-87-18 mark over the last nine seasons.
ABOUT THE TIGERS: Auburn enters the week with a 4-1 overall record, upsetting No. 5 Florida State (3-2) in double overtime and blanking Western Carolina at home (3-0) in last weekend's action... Katy Frierson leads a trio of multiple goal scorers for the Tigers this season, leading the team with four goals and three assists in five matches... Mary Coffed is second on the team in scoring, scoring a goal and posting five assists... goalkeeper Amy Howard has posted a 1.16 goals against average and 17 saves while logging a pair of clean sheets in five starts... Head Coach Karen Hoppa is in her 12th year with Auburn, posting a 125-85-19 mark in 11 years while claiming six SEC West titles and making nine NCAA Tournament appearances.
SERIES RECORDS: Cal State Fullerton is looking for its first win over Northern Arizona after the Lumberjacks claimed a 2-1 win in the first-ever meeting between the two squads at the UCI Nike Invitational in Irvine in 2001... the Titans and Tigers will meet for the second time, but the first since 2005 when Fullerton posted a 2-1 win in double overtime at Auburn's Reebok Soccer Classic.
CONFERENCE CALL: Northern Arizona will be the second Big Sky Conference opponent for Fullerton this season after the Titans posted a 4-0 shutout over Eastern Washington on Aug. 29... Fullerton is 6-5-1 against current members of the Big Sky Conference: 3-0 vs. Eastern Washington, 0-1-1 vs. Idaho State, 1-1 vs. Montana, 0-1 vs. Northern Arizona, 1-0 vs. Northern Colorado, 0-1 vs. Portland State, 1-0 vs. Sacramento State and, 0-1 vs. Weber State... the Titans are 4-0 all time against the SEC, going 2-0 against Alabama, 1-0 vs. Auburn, and 1-0 against South Carolina.
VOLK'S AWARD HAUL: Thanks, in large part, to her huge offensive performance against nationally ranked UNC Greensboro last weekend, junior midfielder Casey Volk woke up Monday to a pair of awards awaiting her mantel. The Davis, Calif.-native was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week and was also one of 11 players honored as a "Primetime Performer" by CollegeSoccer360.com. Volk finished the weekend with a goal and an assist against the No. 18 Spartans, netting the game-winning score just two minutes into the second half and sparking the sequence that led to the Titans' second goal of the match in the 59th minute by senior Christina Murillo. Until that point, UNCG had allowed just one goal in its previous four matches to start the season.
"I'D LIKE TO THANK THE COACHES...": Volk was one of three Titans named to the all-tournament team as selected by the coaches at the 2010 Under Armour Invitational last weekend. Sophomore forward Brisa Gonzalez (game-tying goal vs. Purdue) and junior goalkeeper Jordan-Michelle Santos (1.00 GAA, 10 saves, 1 shutout) were also honored for their strong play.
THAT'S RANK: Fullerton's win over then-No. 18 ranked UNC Greensboro marked its first win over a ranked team since the Titans shutout No. 23 UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 5, 2008, by the same score. In the process, Sunday's win snapped a three-match losing streak against ranked opposition.
BREAKNECK OFFENSIVE PACE: They may not be the highest-scoring team in the nation but, compared to last season, the Titans are well-ahead of the pace when it comes to finding the back of the net. Fullerton has scored seven goals in four matches (1.75 gpg) thus far this season after a 2009 campaign that saw the Titans score just 13 times in 19 matches overall. In addition, Fullerton has scored multiple goals twice already this year after scoring two goals or more just three times in all of 2009.
M'S THE WORD: Five of Fullerton's seven goals this season have come via the feet of players whose last name's begin with the letter "M": senior Christina Murillo (2 goals), freshman Nikki McCants (1), senior Geminesse Martinez (1), and freshman Lauren Mellano (1).
MURILLO MOVIN' ON UP: Senior midfielder Christina Murillo netted the 13th goal of her career in Sunday's win over UNC Greensboro - moving her into a tie for ninth place on the school's all-time list with Brianna Buffington (2005-07). The 13 goals are the most among active Titans (Stacey Fox is second with eight) and she now has 30 career points - which are just four shy of breaking into the school's all-time list and the most among 2010 Titans. Her 73 shots also stand just outside the top 10 as Murillo needs just 16 more to tie Kim Houg (1999-2002) for 10th place.
AWWW, SHOOT!!!: Cal State Fullerton has been outshot in three of its four matches thus far this season and is tied with UC Riverside for the second-fewest by a Big West Conference school this season with 35 - just ahead of UC Davis, which is ninth with 26 shots.
FIRSTS: Aside from Volk's first points this season (which also included Caitlin Mellano's first assist of the year on Volk's goal), redshirt freshman Kishi Smith logged her first collegiate point with an assist on Sunday against UNC Greensboro while sophomore Jennifer Smith added her first assist of the year on Brisa Gonzalez's goal (also her first) against Purdue on Sept. 3. Defensively, Fullerton's win over UNC Greensboro was the Titans' second shutout of the year, but the first of the year for junior keeper Jordan-Michelle Santos.
STIRRING SPEECH, COACH: Whatever fourth-year head coach Demian Brown has been saying in the locker room at halftime seems to be working for the Titans' offense as five of their seven goals this season have come in the second half.
PLAY NICE: Cal State Fullerton ranks eighth in the league with 27 fouls overall this season and tied for sixth with just two yellow cards - both of which came on Sunday against UNC Greensboro in the fourth match of the year.
A SWEET QUARTET: The four goals scored against Eastern Washington on Aug. 29 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.