Sept. 23, 2010
FULLERTON, CA -
KICK OFF: Cal State Fullerton's six-match road trip rolls on, but it's a light week of work for the Titans (2-6 overall) as they look to snap a four-match losing skid this weekend with a single scheduled match at San Diego State. THe two teams will kick off on Friday afternoon (Sept. 24) at 1:30 p.m. at the SDSU Sports Deck on campus.
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"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?": There will be no Fullerton originated broadcast of this weekend's match, however, live stats will be available. Links will be available on the women's soccer schedule page 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. For more information, please visit www.BigWest.org/TV.
IN THE POLLS: Neither Cal State Fullerton nor San Diego State are ranked entering this week's match-up.
ABOUT THE AZTECS: San Diego State enters the weekend with a 2-5-3 overall record and currently on a three-match winless streak (0-2-1) with losses to top-ranked North Carolina (1-0) and Oregon (2-1) and a 2-2 draw with Oregon State... four of the Aztecs' 10 matches this season have gone to overtime - all coming in the last six matches... SDSU has faced four ranked teams this season (Santa Clara, Florida, North Carolina, and Oregon State), posting an 0-3-1 record in those contests... Michaela DeJesus is the team's leading scorer, netting three goals and seven points on the season while sarah Halverson has added a pair of goals and two assists... Aubree Southwick has played all 964:08 in net, posting a 1.21 goals against average (13 goals allowed) and 57 saves (.814 save percentage) in 10 starts.
SERIES RECORDS: San Diego State leads the all-time series with Cal State Fullerton by a 7-4 count, but the Titans have won three of the last four dating back to 2002 after losing four straight in the series... the Titans are 2-3 all-time in San Diego against the Aztecs, last posting a win in 2006 with a 3-0 shutout - the only time the two teams have played in San Diego in the last four meetings... Fullerton won the last meeting between the two schools, 3-1, in 2008 at Titan Stadium... SDSU holds a slim, 27-21, advantage in the scoring column in the series and has three shutouts to two for Cal State Fullerton... at least one team has scored multiple goals in every game in the series between the two schoos.
CONFERENCE CALL: Cal State Fullerton is a combined 10-18-2 (.367) against current members of the Mountain West Conference: 0-4 vs. BYU, 2-2-1 vs. New Mexico, 4-7 vs. San Diego State, 1-0 vs. TCU, 1-3 vs. UNLV, 1-1-1 vs. Utah, 1-1 vs. Wyoming... the Titans are 0-1 against the Mountain West Conference this season, falling to then-No. 14 BYU in their home opener, 3-0, on Aug. 23.
M'S THE WORD: Eight of Fullerton's 10 goals this season have come via the feet of players whose last names begin with the letter "M": senior Christina Murillo (4 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).
PROLIFIC: Senior midfielder Christina Murillo accounted for the Titans' only goal last weekend during their trip to the Midwest, giving her 15 career goals and moving her into a tie for eighth place with Kelly Bogan (1995-98) on the school's all-time list - just two shy of matching current assistant coach Lauryn Welch (2003-06) and Tennli Ulicny (1998-01) for sixth. The goal also gives her 34 career points, moving her into a tie with former Titan Kim Houg, who netted 34 career points from 1999-02.
MORE ON MURILLO: Murillo enters the weekend ranked tied for fourth in the Big West with nine points (4 goals and an assist), tied for fifth in points per game (1.12), tied for fourth in goals, and fifth in goals per game (0.50).
I'M HERE TO HELP: Junior Caitlin Mellano is a giver. She likes to help out her teammates when she can and that has translated into a trio of assists on offense for the Titans this season - one more than she had in her first two years with Fullerton combined. The Titans' co-captain ranks fourth on the team in points and stands tied for third in the Big West Conference with her three assists on the year, trailing only Long Beach State's Shawna Gordon (4) and UC Irvine's Jordan Bruce (5) in that category. Mellano's five career assists rank second among active Titans behind only teammate Geminesse Martinez, who has nine in her three-plus seasons.
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 10 goals in its first eight matches (1.25 goals per game - sixth 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.
AWWW, SHOOT!!!: Cal State Fullerton has been outshot in six of its eight matches thus far this season and enters this weekend last in the league with 67 shots overall - 10 shots back of eighth-place Pacific (77). The Titans have taken more than 10 shots in a game and have held the advantage in shot column just twice this season: unleashing a season-best 20 volleys against Eastern Washington on Aug. 29 and 12 shots last weekend in Omaha against Creighton. On the plus side, when Cal State Fullerton has taken a shot, the Titans have usually tried to make it count as just over 46 percent of their shots have been put on frame (31-of-67).
STREAKING THE WRONG WAY: After what looked like a defining win over nationally ranked UNC Greensboro on Sept. 5, the Titans have gone the wrong way in the win-loss column, dropping four straight contests (all on the road) - the longest such skid since losing seven straight from Oct. 19, 2008 to Sept. 6, 2009. During its recent skid, Fullerton has been shutout twice and outscored by an 11-3 count.
FIRST TIME FRUSTRATION: Fullerton's first-ever meetings with Nebraska and Creighton probably didn't go nearly as well as the Titans thought as they fell to 1-3 against first-time opponents this season. It has been a struggle for Cal State Fullerton against such opponents as it has posted a 3-6-1 mark in inaugural meetings over the last three seasons.
ROAD WOES: Maybe this six-match roadtrip wasn't such a good idea. Fullerton has yet to break into the win column this season away from the friendly confines of Titan Stadium, and has struggled since the start of 2009, going just 2-9 in road/neutral site matches and being outscored 20-6 over that stretch.
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 10 goals this season have come in the second half as well as two-thirds (45) of their 67 total shots on the year.
PLAY NICE: Cal State Fullerton ranks eighth in the league with 74 fouls overall this season and eighth with just three yellow cards.
CORNERED: Fullerton ranks fourth in the Big West Conference entering the week with 47 corner kicks to its credit, standing just eighth behind league-leading UC Irvine. The Titans have "outcornered" the opposition in four of their eight matches this season, including a season-best 10 corners against Eastern Washington on Aug. 29.