Sept. 22, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
The momentum of a pair of victories and a second non-conference tournament title is somewhat slowed this week as the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (6-2 overall, 0-0 in the Big West Conference) faces only Southern California rival Loyola Marymount in a non-conference match-up this Sunday (Sept. 25) in Los Angeles, Calif. The two teams are scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff at LMU's Sullivan Field on the Westchester campus.
TITANS RETURN TO THE NATIONAL RANKINGS:
For the first time since 2002, Cal State Fullerton returned to the national rankings on Tuesday morning, entering this weekend ranked No. 25 according to Soccer America, No. 29 according to Soccer Buzz, and No. 25 according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Titans earned the programs' first national ranking in October, 2002, checking in at No. 25 according to both Soccer Buzz and Soccer America, and reached as high as No. 23 according to Soccer Buzz on Oct. 14, 2002. Regionally, this week, the Titans are ranked No. 9 according to the NSCAA, No. 10 by Soccer America, and No. 11 by Soccer Buzz.
FOLLOW THE TITANS AT LMU:
For those fans who cannot make the trip to Los Angeles on Sunday, you can follow the action live via College Sports Online's Gametracker by following the link from either Cal State Fullerton's or Loyola Marymount's webpages.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT BRIEFLY:
Loyola Marymount (www.lmulions.com) enters the weekend with a 2-3-3 overall record, winning its first two matches of the season this past weekend after opening the season on a six-match winless streak. The Lions' first six matches of the year went to overtime (the first five to double OT) and all three losses came against teams that made the NCAA Tournament in 2004. Senior forward Lori Sims leads the team with three goals and two assists while sophomore keeper Joslyn Slovek has a 1.10 GAA and three shutouts.
FOR THE RECORD:
Loyola Marymount leads the all-time series with Cal State Fullerton by a narrow 5-4-1 margin, but the Titans emerged victorious in the two schools' last meeting in 2001 - a 1-0 win at Titan Stadium. Fullerton has won only once in five all-time meetings at LMU (1-3-1), downing the Lions on their home field by a 3-1 count in 1995.
WILSON NAMED BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Cal State Fullerton senior forward Kandace Wilson was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week on Monday (Sept. 19) after her award-winning two-goal, two-assist performance at the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Soccer Classic this past weekend. Wilson won the award for the first time in 2005 and the fourth time in her career while becoming the second Titan to win the weekly award this season (Marlene Sandoval - Sept. 5). She had an assist in the Titans' tournament-opening 2-0 victory over New Mexico and added two goals and an assist in Fullerton's 4-0 upset of No. 25 Utah to clinch the tournament title.
MORE "BUZZ" ABOUT SANDOVAL:
Senior defender Marlene Sandoval is creating quite a "Buzz" on the back line for the Titans in 2005 as the Placentia, Calif., native was named to her second Soccer Buzz National Team of the Week in 2005 on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 21). Sandoval was instrumental in directing the Fullerton backs in shutouts of New Mexico and nationally-ranked Utah, including holding the No. 18 Utes to only seven shots in the Titans' 4-0 rout. She is the first Cal State Fullerton player to make a repeat appearance on the National Team of the Week since Soccer Buzz began the award in 2001.
AN OFFENSIVE DEFENDER:
Cal State Fullerton senior defender Marlene Sandoval has made a career out of stopping teams from scoring goals. Now it seems she wants to get in on the goal-scoring action. Sandoval has scored a career-best three goals this season, converting all three of the Titans' penalty kick opportunities, and is tied for second on the team in scoring with six points.
Cal State Fullerton junior goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has been rewriting the Fullerton record books ever since her arrival on the Orange County campus in 2002 and, Sunday, reached another milestone in her storied career. With her shutout win over Utah, Bardsley claimed her 24th win in net in her two-plus year career, tying the school record held by Suzy Strazzulla (1995-96) and current graduate assistant coach Laura Janke (2000-03). Her two shutouts this past weekend also put her two short of tying Janke's career record of 13.
TITANS CLAIM WIN OVER RANKED FOE:
Cal State Fullerton downed No. 25 Utah on Sunday for its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent in almost two years (falling one day short) since defeating No. 13 Clemson, 1-0, on the Titan Stadium pitch on Sept. 19, 2003. It was the third such victory over ranked opposition since 2001 against eight losses and three ties.