Sept. 28, 2011
FULLERTON, CA -
KICK OFF: Unbeaten in its last five matches, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (5-4-2 overall) opens Big West Conference play this weekend on California's Central Coast, kicking off the league schedule against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. The Titans and Mustangs open on Friday night (Sept. 30) at 7 p.m. at Spanos Stadium before Fullerton heads to Harder Stadium to take on the Gauchos on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 2) at 1 p.m.
IN THE POLLS: Neither Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, nor UC Santa Barbara are ranked in the top 25 this week. The Titans, however, are ranked No. 6 in the West Region according to the NSCAA alongside fellow Big West teams UC Irvine and Long Beach State.
BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in Titans athletics by following us on Facebook (CSUF.Athletics), Twitter (@FullertonTitans) and Vimeo.com (vimeo.com/fullertontitans). In addition, the women's soccer team has established its own Twitter feed; get the inside scoop at @CSUF_WSoccer.
"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?": Select Cal State Fullerton women's soccer matches this season can be heard live over the Internet at www.FullertonTitans.com thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet. Veteran soccer broadcaster Mike Martinez will have the calls live from Titan Stadium. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage at FullertonTitans.com. There will be no Fullerton-originated broadcasts for this weekend's matches.
"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 or access the video player at www.fansonly.com/schools/bigw/allaccess/index.html.
"O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!": Senior Caitlin Mellano along with redshirt juniors Jennifer Smith, JeAnne Mazeau, and Stacey Fox have been selected by the coaching staff as team captains for the 2011 season.
CAL POLY BRIEFLY: Cal Poly enters the weekend with a 6-4-1 overall record after having its four-match unbeaten streak snapped with a 3-2 overtime loss to Fresno State last week... Tiffany Gummow leads the offense with six goals and 13 points while Sara Lancaster has found the net five times... Brooke Gauvin has started all 11 matches in net, recording a 1.48 goals against average and 42 saves to go with a pair of shutouts and a .712 save percentage.
FOR THE RECORD: Cal Poly leads the all-time series with a 11-6-4 overall record, including a 5-2-1 mark against Fullerton in San Luis Obispo... the Titans snapped a four-match winless streak against the Mustangs with a 1-0 win at home last season... Fullerton has lost its last two trips to Cal Poly, falling 1-0 in 2009 and 1-0 in double overtime in 2007 and haven't won in San Luis Obispo since 2005 (2-0)... five of the last six matches have been decided by the single goal with the other match resulting in a 0-0 draw in the 2007 Big West Conference Championship match (won by the Titans in penalty kicks).
UC SANTA BARBARA BRIEFLY: UC Santa Barbara enters the weekend on a three-match unbeaten streak, posting a 5-5-2 record overall in 2011... the Gauchos are just 2-4 at home this season... Dyanne Anderson leads the team with four goals and eight points while Erin Ortega and reigning Big West Offensive Player of the Week Erin Shelton have each registered a pair of goals... Makenna Henry has started all 12 matches in net for the Gauchos, recording a 1.21 goals against average and 31 saves to go with four shutouts.
FOR THE RECORD: Fullerton leads the all-time series with UC Santa Barbara, 10-8-1, but has lost the last two meetings in 2009 (1-0) and 2010 (2-0)... the Titans are only 4-3-1 against the Gauchos in Santa Barbara, having lost their last two trips to Harder Stadium... Fullerton's last win at UCSB came in 2005 (2-0)... the Titans are only 8-7 against the Gauchos as members of the Big West Conference dating back to the 1996 season... each of the last four matches in the series have been shutouts, with UC Santa Barbara winning three of those contests.
FOR OPENERS (BIG WEST STYLE): Cal State Fullerton will open its Big West Conference schedule on the road for the third consecutive season, looking to extend its winning streak in league openers to three straight after wins over UC Riverside and UC Davis in 2009 and 2010, respectively... the Titans are 9-5-1 in Big West Conference openers dating back to the 1996 season... Fullerton has opened conference play against Cal Poly twice, dropping both matches on the road in 1997 (4-1) and at home in 2008 (3-2)... each of the Titans' last three league openers have been decided by a single goal as have nine of 16 overall... Fullerton is 6-3 on the road in league openers all time... the Titans have gone to overtime in conference openers four times (three of those heading to double overtime), posting a 3-0-1 mark in those contests.
TITANS THIRD AMONG BIG WEST TEAMS IN FIRST NCAA RPI REPORT: Cal State Fullerton stood third among its Big West Conference bretheren in the NCAA's first RPI report for the 2011 season released on Wednesday (Sept. 28). The Titans are ranked No. 70 behind UC Irvine (No. 43) and Long Beach State (No. 62), and are among four league schools in the top 100, joining Cal Poly (No. 78). Cal State Northridge (No. 121), UC Davis (No. 138), UC Santa Barbara (No. 147), Pacific (No. 209), and UC Riverside (No. 226) rounded out the conference rankings. The complete list is available at http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-women/d1.
TANGORRA MAKES IT 2-FOR-2: Although left off the Big West Conference and Soccer America honor rolls this week, Cal State Fullerton junior Ann Marie Tangorra has made an impression on the staff at LA Soccer News as she was named the SoccerSavings.com/LA Soccer News Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after her two-goal, one-assist performance for the Titans last weekend against San Diego and UNLV (more details below).
TANGORRA'S TEAR CONTINUES: Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week Ann Marie Tangorra lived up to her award last week, continuing her offensive tear at the expense of visiting San Diego and UNLV. Tangorra scored two more goals, bringing her team-leading total to five, and also assisted on Rebecca Wilson's game-winner against the Toreros for a five-point weekend. The junior from Arcadia, Calif., extended her point-scoring streak to four consecutive matches and has now notched a goal in each of the team's last three games. She finished with 11 shots on the week, putting seven of those on frame (64 percent).
WE'RE GOING STREAKING!!!: Although a 1-1 draw against UNLV on Sunday interrupted the Titans' four-match winning streak, they remained unbeaten in their last five consecutive matches - the longest such streak since Fullerton won five in a row from Oct. 14-Nov. 1, 2007.
GETTING OFFENSIVE: Cal State Fullerton has outscored its last five opponents by an 11-4 count after being outscored itself, 7-4, in the first six matches of the year.
LONG TIME, OFTEN SEE: When Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly meet on the pitch on Friday in San Luis Obispo, it will mark the 22nd all-time meeting between the two Big West rivals - the longest-running rivalry in terms of games played for the Titans since the two programs began meeting in 1995. The series with Sunday's opponent, UC Santa Barbara, is almost as lengthy as this weekend's match will be the 20th all-time meeting between the two - the second-longest among Fullerton's Big West rivalries.
NEVER MET A SHOT SHE DIDN'T LIKE: Tangorra's 11 shots last week moved her team-best total to 37 on the year, just two shy of last year's leader, Christina Murillo, who finished with 39 shots in 19 matches. With three more shots this season, Tangorra would post the highest shot total for a Titan since Brianna Buffington finished with 42 shots in 2007 and her 43rd shot this year will be the most for a Fullerton player since 2005 when a quintet of Titans finished with 43-plus shots: Kandace Wilson (63), Lauryn Welch (55), Lisa Kosena (48), Rebekah Patrick (45), and Erin Shelton (43).
ORTEGA SISTERS REUNITE ON THE FIELD: With all of the family connections the Titans have within its own team this season, Sunday's match will be another family affair as freshman Colleen Ortega and her Titans meet up with older sister, Erin (a junior), and the Gauchos at Harder Stadium.
A SIX-PACK OF OVERTIME FOR THE TITANS: It seems like Cal State Fullerton cannot go a weekend without playing at least ONE overtime match as the Titans treated their fans to another exciting 110 minutes of soccer in their 1-1 draw with UNLV on Sunday. It was the sixth overtime match in 11 overall for Fullerton this season - just two shy of the school record of eight set in 2007 and the most in a season since 2009 (6) - and the fourth double-overtime match of the year - which is tied for fifth all time in school history. It continues to be somewhat of a trend as of late as the Titans have gone to overtime 23 times in 90 matches in the four-plus seasons under Head Coach Demian Brown, posting a 6-7-10 (.478) mark in those contests.
MORE "OT" FUN FACTS: After going winless in their previous 11 overtime matches (0-4-7), the Titans are now 2-0-1 in their last three OT contests... Fullerton's overtime matches against Columbia (Sept. 11) and New Mexico (Sept. 16) marked the 13th time in school history that the Titans have played extra time in back-to-back matches, but the first time that they have won both contests... Including this season, the Titans are 18-22-22 (.468) overall in overtime in the history of the program and 9-5-15 (.569) in double overtime matches only.
AWWW, SHOOT!!!!: The Titans' 177 shots thus far this season are tied for the most in the Big West Conference with one of this weekend's opponents, UC Santa Barbara, in the league's statistical standings entering this week's matches - a drastic improvement over the offensive struggles that Fullerton endured a season ago. The Titans have already reached double-digit shots in 10 of their 11 matches this season (compared to just seven times in 19 matches in 2010), including a pair of 20-shot matches and a 30-shot performance against Columbia on Sept. 11, and have outshot the opposition eight times - one more than all of last year. In addition, the 177 shots this year are just 18 back of Fullerton's entire total from all of the 2010 campaign (195).
WHERE THERE'S A WILSON, THERE'S A WAY: Freshman Rebecca Wilson has had a hand... err... foot in the Titans' recent success as the rookie forward has produced off the bench and helped her side to its longest winning streak in over three years. Before being held scoreless in her first career start during Fullerton's last match against UNLV, the Placentia, CA, native extended her point-scoring streak to four consecutive matches with the game-winning goal against San Diego, coming off the bench and finding the back of the net in the 39th minute en route to a, 2-0, Titans' victory. With that offensive spurt, Wilson has moved into second place on the team in scoring with three goals, two assists, and eight points overall while putting six of her 10 shots on frame.
SAVE SITUATION: Six more saves in a busy weekend for sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic has her quickly establishing herself as one of the Big West Conference's top netminders. Maricic ranks among the top five in numerous league categories including goals against average (3rd - 0.92), save percentage (3rd - .810), saves (2nd - 47), and saves per game (2nd - 4.27). Following her fourth career shutout against San Diego on Sept. 22, Maricic moved into a tie for seventh on the school's all-time list and is rapidly approaching the top 10 in saves.
THANK YOU (AGAIN!), FANS: Cal State Fullerton played in front of 845 fans in its match against Pepperdine on Aug. 26 - the eighth-largest crowd in school history and the most since the Titans drew 1,187 for a Fox Soccer Channel nationally televised match against rival Long Beach State in 2006. It was the second top-15 home crowd that Fullerton has played in front of this season after 770 fans were in attendance for the Titans' win over Long Island on Aug. 21, which stands as the 13th-largest in the history of the program. Nationally, the 4,265 fans in attendance to watch Fullerton's match at BYU in Provo, UT, is currently the seventh-largest in the country in 2011.