Defending Champs Kick-Off Stretch Run
Oct. 13, 2011
FULLERTON, CA -
KICK OFF: After three consecutive overtime matches on the road, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (6-6-2 overall, 1-2 in the Big West Conference) looks to reverse its recent struggles within the friendly confines of Titan Stadium as the Titans begin their stretch run with a pair of home matches this weekend. Defending conference champion UC Irvine kicks-off "Fan Appreciation Weekend" on Friday night (Oct. 14) at 7 p.m. before CSU Bakersfield visits for a 4 p.m. kickoff on Sunday (Oct. 16) evening.
FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND: As a way of saying "thank you" to their loyal fans, the Cal State Fullerton men's and women's soccer teams will join forces to host a fan appreciation weekend on Friday (Oct. 14) and Saturday (Oct. 15) at Titan Stadium. The women's team will host nationally ranked and defending Big West Conference champion UC Irvine on Friday while the men's squad will host UC Riverside on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Adults will get in for the youth price of \$5 while kids ages 12 and under will get in for free by printing the flyer in the PDF here and presenting it at the ticket booth at Titan Stadium. For more information, please contact the Cal State Fullerton athletic ticket office at (657) 278-CSUF.
IN THE POLLS: Cal State Fullerton is unranked this week, but remains among the top 10 teams in the West Region according to the NSCAA, standing at No. 10... UC Irvine is receiving votes in the NSCAA national poll and is No. 4 in the West while standing as high as No. 23 in the Soccer Times poll this week... Bakersfield is unranked in both the national and regional polls.
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 broadcast for Friday night's contest, but Sunday's match against Bakersfield will be streamed live.
"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.
TITANS REMAIN FOURTH AMONG BIG WEST TEAMS IN THIRD NCAA RPI REPORT: Cal State Fullerton stood fourth among its Big West Conference bretheren in the NCAA's second RPI report for the 2011 season released on Oct. 12. The Titans are ranked No. 89 this week behind Long Beach State (No. 44), UC Irvine (No. 45), and Cal Poly (No. 71) to give the league four teams among the top 100 in the latest report. Cal State Northridge (No. 120), UC Davis (No. 125), UC Santa Barbara (No. 159), Pacific (No. 167), and UC Riverside (No. 173) rounded out the conference rankings. The complete list is available at http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-women/d1.
UC IRVINE BRIEFLY: Defending conference champion UC Irvine stands at 9-3-2 overall and 2-1-1 in the Big West for a second-place tie after winning two straight at home against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly by 1-0 scores last weekend... Lexi Kopf leads the team with seven goals and is one of four with multiple goals this season... Natalia Ledezma leads the squad with 16 points on six goals and four assists... Jennifer Randazzo has started all 14 matches in net, posting a 1.09 goals against average and 59 saves to go with four shutouts.
FOR THE RECORD: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with UC Irvine, 10-5-3, but is winless in the last two meetings with the Anteaters following a 1-1 draw in 2009 and a 3-2 loss on the road in 2010... the Titans' last win came in 2008 by a 2-1 score at Irvine, the last victory in a nine-match winning streak for Fullerton... the Titans are 8-4-3 against UCI as Big West Conference squads... Fullerton is 5-2-2 all-time against the Anteaters at home, unbeaten in its last seven meetings (5-0-2) with UCI at Titan Stadium.
BAKERSFIELD BRIEFLY: CSU Bakersfield is 3-9-1 overall this season, ending a seven-match winless streak with a 2-1 win at Drake last weekend... the Roadrunners have also posted wins over Southern Utah and San Jose State... Sam Pena scored twice against Drake last weekend and leads the team with four goals and 31 shots... Pena and Emily Noethe are tied for the top spot with eight points... Kym Gause has played all 1,200-plus minutes in net for Bakersfield, posting a 2.09 goals against average and 75 saves in 13 starts... the Roadrunners have been outscored, 28-14, this season and outshot by a 183-131 count - including a 98-51 margin in the first half... Bakersfield is just 1-6 away from home this season and hosts Seattle on Friday before heading to Fullerton for Sunday's match.
FOR THE RECORD: After playing a number of exhibition contests, the two teams first officially met in 2009, battling to a scoreless draw on Oct. 1 at Titan Stadium.
"LIKE A RECORD, BABY, RIGHT ROUND, ROUND, ROUND...": Perhaps the fittest team in the Big West Conference just got a little more in shape as the Titans played their school-record ninth overtime match in 14 regular season contests overall last weekend at Long Beach State, surpassing the previous mark of eight established in 2007. Of those nine overtime matches, five have gone to double overtime following Fullerton's game at Cal Poly on Sept. 30 (tied for the third-most all time in school history), but the Titans' loss last weekend against the 49ers dropped them to just 3-4-2 in extra time this season. It continues to be somewhat of a trend as of late as the Titans have gone to overtime 26 times in 93 matches (28%) in the four-plus seasons under Head Coach Demian Brown, posting a 7-9-10 (.462) mark in those contests.
MORE "OT" FUN FACTS: Fullerton has now played in four-straight overtime contests - the first time that has happened in the history of the program... Fullerton has now played a grand total of 107:02 of extra time this season - that's a whole extra game plus ANOTHER 17:02 of overtime... after going winless in their previous 11 overtime matches (0-4-7), the Titans are now 3-2-1 in their last six 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 19-24-22 (.462) overall in overtime in the history of the program and 9-6-15 (.550) in double overtime matches only.
ALL WE NEED IS ONE: Although they will more than likely be looking for more with six matches remaining in the regular season, the Titans need only one more win to surpass last year's victory total and post the most wins in a regular season since the 2008 team finished 7-11-1 overall.
TANGORRA'S TEAR CONTINUES: After missing two matches on the Titans' trip to the Central Coast, junior Ann Marie Tangorra picked up right where she left off last weekend at Long Beach State, notching a point in her fifth consecutive match with her assist on Stacey Fox's first-half goal. Of her team-high 14 points this season, 13 of them have come during this run which dates back to Fullerton's win at New Mexico on Sept. 16 as Tangorra ranks among the league leaders in nearly every major offensive category in the Big West this season.
NEVER MET A SHOT SHE DIDN'T LIKE: Junior Ann Marie Tangorra continues to lead the Titans with 37 shots 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).
MARICIC INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic's solid 2011 season has her rapidly moving up the school's single-season charts as her 59 saves have her ranked tied for eighth on the list, her six wins are tied for 10th, and her three shutouts are tied for ninth. If the season ended today, she would also rank sixth in single-season goals against average (1.05), tied for sixth in save percentage (.787), and seventh in saves per game (4.21). The Alta Loma native has also played in all 1,367 minutes for the Titans this season - just 28 minutes shy of the top 10 in that category and a total that ranks No. 16 in the NCAA this season behind national leader Jami Kranich (Villanova) with 1,504 minutes played.
AWWW, SHOOT!!!!: Cal State Fullerton remains atop the Big West Conference with 233 shots thus far this season - a drastic improvement over the offensive struggles that the Titans endured a season ago. The 233 shots eclipsed Fullerton's total from all of 2010 (195) and are the most shots in a season for the Titans since they took 233 shots as a team in 2008. Cal State Fullerton has already reached double-digit shot totals in 13 of its 14 matches this season (compared to just seven times in 19 matches overall in 2010), including three 20-shot matches and a 30-shot performance against Columbia on Sept. 11, and have outshot its opponent nine times - two more than during all of last year.
TOO FAST?: Cal State Fullerton's offense has seemed to be a step too quick this season, whistled for 31 offsides through 14 matches this year compared to just five for its opponents in 2011. Last weekend at Long Beach State, the Titans were whistled for a season high-tying seven offsides against the 49ers - the most since the team's season-opener against Utah on Aug. 19 at home. Only three teams have been called for an offsides against Fullerton: Utah, Long Island, and UC Santa Barbara, but the Titans have been called for at least one offside infraction in 11 of their 14 matches this season.
LEADER IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Redshirt junior Stacey Fox found the back of the net for the second-straight contest at Long Beach State, scoring for the third time this season and moving into a tie for second place on the team in that category. The score was Fox's 11th of her career, placing her atop the list in that category among active Titans and tied for 10th among active players in the Big West Conference this season. Her goal against UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 2 put her amongst an elite group as she became only the 17th Fullerton player in the history of the program to reach double-digit goals in a career and she is now just two scores shy of breaking into the school's all-time chart with her sights set on Brianna Buffington (2005-07) and her 13 career goals that rank No. 10 on the list.
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.