First-Ever Meetings Await Titans in Heartland
Sept. 15, 2010
FULLERTON, CA -
FRIDAY, SEPT. 17
3 pm PDT
Nebraska Soccer Field
Series Record: 0-0
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19
10 am PDT
Series Record: 0-0
KICK OFF: The longest road trip of the season kicks-off this weekend as the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (2-4 overall) looks to snap a two-match losing streak with a trip to the nation's heartland for inaugural meetings with Nebraska and Creighton. The Titans and Huskers (5-2) meet on Friday afternoon (Sept. 17) at 3 p.m. PT in Lincoln before Fullerton follows a different road to Omaha to meet the Bluejays (4-2-2) on Sunday (Sept. 19) at 10 a.m. PT.
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"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?": There will be no Fullerton originated broadcast of this weekend's matches, however, live stats will be available via Nebraska's (www.huskers.com) and Creighton's (www.gocreighton.com) athletics websites. Nebraska will also have live free audio via the campus radio station and can be heard online at http://krnu.unl.edu/.
"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: Neither Cal State Fullerton, Nebraska, nor Creighton are ranked in this week's polls.
ABOUT THE HUSKERS: Nebraska enters the weekend with a 5-2 record after posting a split last weekend at Arizona State's Sun Devil Desert Classic... the Huskers defeated Arizona, 3-0, in the opener before falling to the host and No. 25-ranked Sun Devils, 5-0... the loss snapped a five-match winning streak for Nebraska dating back to a season-opening defeat at Denver... the Huskers carry the nation's seventh-longest home winning streak into Friday's match (15-0-2)... Morgan Marlborough leads Nebraska in scoring with five goals and three assists thus far while Molly thomas (four goals) and Jordan Jackson (three goals) have also found the net multiple times, helping the Huskers to a 14-9 scoring advantage... Tara Macdonald has started five of the seven matches in net, posting a 0.82 goals against average and 25 saves to go with a 5-1 record and two shutouts.
ABOUT THE BLUEJAYS: Creighton enters the weekend with a 4-2-2 overall record and is unbeaten in its last three matches with wins over Weber State (1-0) and South Dakota (4-1) along with a 2-2 draw with North Dakota State... Andrea Zuniga leads the team in scoring with threegoals and six points, but eight other players have also found the back of the net this season... Alicia Montgomery has started five of the eight matches in net, posting a 0.67 GAA and 20 saves while Katie Jo Swanson has a 0.76 GAA in three starts.
SERIES RECORDS: This weekend will mark the first-ever meetings against Nebraska and Creighton in women's soccer.
THE CORNHUSKER STATE: This weekend will mark the Titans' first-ever appearance in the state of Nebraska... Cal State Fullerton does not have any players who hail from the state of Nebraska, but the Huskers feature two from California in Emma Stevens (Corona, CA/Santiago HS) and Jaclyn White (Long Beach, CA/Bishop Montgomery HS) while Creighton features four players in Alicia Montgomery (Walnut Creek, CA/Carondelet HS), Sarah Kendall (Granite Bay, CA/Granite Bay HS), Laura Nasseri (Fair Oaks, CA/Rio Americano HS), and Shonna Fraser (Lincoln, CA/Lincoln HS).
CONFERENCE CALL: Nebraska will be only the fifth Big 12 team that Cal State Fullerton has faced in the history of the program and the first since a 2-0 win over Oklahoma in 2007... the Titans are 1-0 against the Sooners, 0-1 against Kansas, 0-1 against Texas, and 1-0 against Texas A&M... Fullerton will meet a Missouri Valley Conference team for only the second time in Creighton, but the Titans are 0-1 against current conference members, falling to Illinois State, 2-1, in 1998 at Titan Stadium.
MORE TOURNEY HONORS FOR TITANS: Junior goalkeeper Jordan-Michelle Santos and junior midfielder Casey Volk along with freshman forward Nikki McCants were each named to the all-tournament team at the Trojan Invitational hosted by USC last weekend as Volk and Santos earned all-tournament honors for the second consecutive weekend after garnering all-tournament laurels at Fullerton's Under Armour Invitational the weekend prior.
THAT'S RANK: Cal State Fullerton's match last weekend against No. 21 Auburn marked the third nationally ranked opponent for the Titans in their first six matches of the 2010 season. Fullerton also faced a No. 14-ranked BYU squad in its home opener on Aug. 23 and a No. 18-ranked UNC Greensboro team on Sept. 5 at home.
IT'S LIKE SOME SORT OF MACHINE: Cal State Fullerton's offense may not be the highest scoring group in the nation but, compared to last season's offensive output, the Titans are on a breakneck pace when it comes to finding the back of the net. Fullerton has scored nine goals in its first six matches (1.50 goals per game - fifth in the Big West Conference this week) this season, nearly matching the goal output from all of the 2009 when the Titans found the back of the net just 13 times in 19 matches overall. In addition, Cal State Fullerton has scored multiple goals three times already this year, already matching the output from all of last season.
M'S THE WORD: Seven of Fullerton's nine goals this season have come via the feet of players whose last names begin with the letter "M": senior Christina Murillo (3 goals), freshman Nikki McCants (2), senior Geminesse Martinez (1), and freshman Lauren Mellano (1). Left out of the club, but no less important, are junior Casey Volk (1 goal) and sophomore Brisa Gonzalez (1 goal).
SHE JUST KEEPS SCORING: Senior midfielder Christina Murillo scored one of the Titans' two goals last weekend against Northern Arizona, giving her 14 career goals and moving her into sole possession of ninth on the school's all-time list - surpassing Brianna Buffington (2005-07) and leaving her one shy of Kelly Bogan (1995-98) for eighth place. The goal also gives her 32 career points, which puts her just two shy of breaking into that top 10 list at Cal State Fullerton (Kim Houg is 10th with 34 points from 1999-02).
MORE ON MURILLO: Murillo enters the weekend ranked tied for fourth in the Big West with seven points (3 goals and an assist), fifth in points per game (1.17), tied for fourth in goals, fifth in goals per game (0.50).
AWWW, SHOOT!!!: Cal State Fullerton has been outshot in five of its six matches thus far this season and enters this weekend eighth in the league with 51 shots overall - just one ahead of UC Riverside in ninth. The Titans have not taken more than 10 shots in those five matches with the lone exception being a 20-7 shot advantage over Eastern Washington in a 4-0 victory on Aug. 29 at Titan Stadium. Despite the disparity, however, the Titans trail in the scoring column by only a 10-9 count with two of their losses this season being of the one-goal variety.
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 seven of their nine goals this season have come in the second half as well as two-thirds (34) of their 51 total shots on the year.
PLAY NICE: Cal State Fullerton ranks eighth in the league with 50 fouls overall this season and tied for sixth with just three yellow cards.
CORNERED: Fullerton ranks in a tie for second place in the Big West Conference entering the week with 40 corner kicks to its credit, standing just one behind league-leading UC Irvine. The Titans have "outcornered" the opposition in four of their six matches this season, including a season-best 10 corners against Eastern Washington on Aug. 29.