Finally... Home Sweet Home; Titans Host #24 Arizona and UC Riverside

Finally... Home Sweet Home; Titans Host #24 Arizona and UC Riverside

Sept. 26, 2006

FULLERTON, CA - For the first time in a month, Cal State Fullerton will have the home-field advantage this weekend as the Titans host No. 24 Arizona (Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.) and UC Riverside (Oct. 1 at 6 p.m.) at Titan Stadium, looking to shake off the effects of a three-match losing streak.

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Thursday - Sept. 28 vs. \#24 Arizona, 7 p.m.
Sunday - Oct. 1 vs. UC Riverside, 6 p.m.

An Internet audio broadcast will be available for both of Cal State Fullerton's matches this week. Visit the home page at and click on the microphone on the right-hand side to access the links for the broadcasts.

Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with Arizona, 1-0-1, with the Titans downing the Wildcats, 3-2, in Fullerton in 1995 and forging a 2-2 tie in 1996... UC Riverside leads the series with Fullerton, 3-2-1, with each team posting a win last season... UCR won 1-0 at home during the regular season while the Titans downed the Highlanders, 4-1, in the Big West Tournament championship game at Titan Stadium.

Cal State Fullerton invites fans to "Meet the Team" prior to Thursday night's contest against the University of Arizona - the Titans' first home match in over a month. Players and coaches will be available to sign autographs from 4:30-5:30 p.m. prior to the Cal State Fullerton-Arizona match-up at 7 p.m. at Titan Stadium.

Cal State Fullerton dropped out of the top 25 in all four polls this week, receiving votes in the Soccer Times poll and receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz West Region poll... Arizona is ranked No. 24 by the NSCAA and is getting votes from Soccer Buzz while ranking ninth regionally... UC Riverside is unranked nationally, but is ranked No. 15 in the West by Soccer Buzz.

Fullerton is 5-4-1 in Big West Conference openers dating back to the 1996 season... the Titans are 2-1-1 at home in conference openers and 3-3 away from home... 2006 will mark the third straight season that Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside will open the league season against one another with UCR winning at home by a score of 1-0 last season and the two teams playing to a scoreless tie in Fullerton in 2004.

With her four saves on Friday night at San Francisco, senior goalkeeper Karen Bardsley set yet another career record with her 235th career save, passing Laura Janke's previous record of 234 saves set from 2000-03. Bardsley, whose 60 saves this season rank seventh on the school's single-season record list, also holds school records for goals against average (0.83 entering this weekend), goalkeeper victories (39), shutouts (21), and minutes played (5,208).

The Wildcats are 6-4 overall this season and are coming off a pair of losses against top 15 competition. Arizona fell to No. 5 Portland, 2-0, on Sept. 22 before losing to No. 14 BYU, 1-0, on Monday. Gianna DeSaverio leads the team in scoring with five goals and three assists (13 points) while London King has scored four times and assisted on another (9 points). Chelsea McIntyre has amassed a 0.77 goals against average and 54 saves in 10 starts in net.

The Highlanders are 7-2 overall and will meet LMU on Thursday before heading to Fullerton for a rematch of last year's Big West Tournament championship game. UCR has won its last two straight with wins over No. 22 Fresno State (1-0 in 2ot) and San Jose State (2-1). Jenna Leonti leads the team in scoring with three goals and four assists (10 points) while teammate Tessa Lennala has also scored three times. In net, Tawny Poggio has started all nine matches, amassing a 0.73 GAA and 51 saves while allowing only six goals.

Thursday night's contest against No. 24 Arizona will conclude a five-match stretch that pitted Fullerton against four opponents ranked in the top 25 at the time of the match.

After playing its last eight consecutive matches away from home, Titan Stadium will be a welcome sight (or "site") for Cal State Fullerton this weekend. The home pitch has truly been an advantage for the Titans as they have posted a 37-9-2 (.792) record on the home pitch over the last five-plus seasons - including a school-best 10-1 mark last season.

Fullerton, which is 79-53-6 (.594) all-time at home in the 13-year history of the program, is currently riding a 11-match home winning streak dating back to the 2005 season-opening loss to San Diego State and has triumphed in 14 of its last 15 home matches dating back to the 2004 season.


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