Cal State Fullerton at Oregon State
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 | 7:00 PM
Paul Lorenz Field • Corvallis, Ore.
Live Video: None
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Cal State Fullerton at Oregon
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 | 1:00 PM
Pape' Field • Eugene, Ore.
After playing their first four matches in the friendly confines of Titan Stadium, the Titans take their first road trip of the year visiting the Northwest and the Pac-12. On Friday night, Fullerton will play Oregon State with kick-off slated for 7 p.m., while the Titans will return to action on Sunday, at 1 p.m. against the Oregon Ducks.
PROMOTIONS & TICKETS
The Titans play their next four matches on the road, and return to Titan Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 18, to host Idaho State at 7 p.m. CSF Students in attendance will receive rally buffs while supplies last.
Cal State Fullerton students receive free admission to Titan home games with their Titan I.D. card.
Additional ticket information can be found by clicking HERE.
OPPONENTS & HISTORY
Oregon State | 7 p.m. | Friday, Sept. 5 | Paul Lorenz Field
Oregon State enters Friday's game with the same record as Cal State Fullerton, 0-3-1. The Beavers have been outscored 7-2, suffering losses to Stephen F. Austin (2-0), North Texas (1-0) and Saint Mary's (4-2).
The Series: Cal State Fullerton is winless in three matches against Oregon State, dating back to 1994. This will be the first time the two teams meet in Corvallis, Ore., as the three previous matches were in Fullerton, Calif.
Last Time Out: Marissa Kovac's score from the goal mouth with 2:16 to play lifted unbeaten and No. 21-ranked Oregon State to a 2-1 non-conference women's soccer victory over Cal State Fullerton in Titan Stadium on Aug. 30, 2012.
Oregon | 1 p.m. | Sunday, Sept. 7 | Pape' Field
Sunday's match marks the second meeting between Oregon and Cal State Fullerton as well as the Titans first visit to Eugene, Ore.
The Ducks are off to a 3-1-0 start and have won their last three matches. Oregon opened the year with a 1-0 loss at now 15th-ranked Wisconsin, but the Ducks rebounded with wins over Milwaukee (2-0), Saint Mary's (2-0) and Loyola Marymount (1-0).
In goal, Abby Steele has played all 360 minutes, allowing just one score for a 0.25 goals against average and posting three shutouts. Oregon is outshooting opponents 55-34 and each of UO's five goals have come from a different player.
Last Time Out: Cal State Fullerton recorded a 5-0 shutout victory over Oregon on Sept. 28, 2003 at Titan Stadium.
BE A FOLLOWER
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THE STUDENT CHALLENGE
Head coach Demian Brown has issued a challenge for the Oct. 9 match against rival Long Beach State. If 500 or more CSF students fill in Titan Stadium, Brown has pledged to wear the "Tuffy" costume at a men's basketball game for the 2014-15 season. More details about the Oct. 9 doubleheader will be released soon, but a Thunderstick giveaway is scheduled.
PATTERSON SELECTED AS CANDIDATE FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Cal State Fullerton senior midfielder Chelsey Patterson has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Sept. 2.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Read more about the Senior CLASS Award HERE.
A LOOK AT THE PAC
Cal State Fullerton has two Pac-12 opponents on the schedule this year after facing four Pac-12 teams a year ago. In 2013, Fullerton finished 1-2-1 against the Pac-12, most notably a 1-0 loss at 17th-ranked Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Fullerton tied Utah, 0-0, lost to Washington State, 1-0, and recorded a 2-1 double overtime victory at USC on Sept. 22.
Fullerton holds a record of 11-26-10 against teams currently in the Pac-12.
TIME TO SNAP THE STREAK
Fullerton has lost three straight matches for the first time since a four-match losing streak from Aug. 26-Sept. 11, 2011. In addition, the Titans have lost three straight matches at Titan Stadium for the first time since losing to UC Riverside, 3-2, on Oct. 26, 2008 and dropping the first two games of the 2009 season to Utah (3-1, Aug. 23) and St. John's (1-0, Aug. 28).
A GAME OF FIRSTS
Fullerton has scored three goals this season, and each goal recorded has come from the foot of a first-time goal scorer at Cal State Fullerton.
Sophomore Ivy Diego scored the equalizer in Fullerton's season-opening 1-1 tie against then No. 22 BYU, while redshirt freshman Connie Caliz scored the game-tying goal against Denver last Friday in a 2-1 double overtime loss.
Last Sunday, it was freshman Tala Haddad's turn as the rookie from Bakersfield, Calif., pounced on a Georgia turnover and tied the game in the 79th minute before the Titans suffered a 2-1 overtime loss.
OLD HABITS DIE HARD
In 2013, it was almost routine for the Titans to play an overtime period, entering extra time play on 10 occasions -- one shy of their NCAA record-tying 11 overtime matches in 2011.
The trend is continuing in 2014 as three of Fullerton's first four matches of the year have entered overtime.
The Titans were unbeaten in overtime (3-0-7) in 2013, but this season, the Titans has already suffered two losses in extra time. Fullerton is 13-12-22 in extra time during Head Coach Demian Brown's eight seasons.
ANOTHER STAT CARRIES OVER FROM 2013
Fullerton made it a habit of scoring late last season, netting nine of its 18 goals -- three of those going for "golden goal" game-winners -- in the 70th minute or later.
Each of CSF's three goals this season have come after the 79th minute and all three have been equalizers. Fullerton has yet to score first in a game this season and is 0-3-0 when leading the opponent in shots.
"O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!"
Cal State Fullerton senior midfielder Chelsey Patterson will serve as team captain for the third straight season along with junior defender Morgan Batcheller and junior forward Rebecca Wilson.
Fullerton fans set a new record as 1,365 onlookers were in attendance – the second largest crowd to attend a Cal State Fullerton women's soccer match - and the largest for a home opener on Aug. 22, at Titan Stadium.
The Titans' loss to Michigan State on Aug. 24, ended Cal State Fullerton's eight-match undefeated streak at Titan Stadium, which dated back to Sept. 29, 2013.
The 2013 Big West Tournament Champions will return to the pitch in 2014 with a challenging schedule as four of their opponents completed last year in the top-75 of RPI, while two competed in the NCAA Tournament.
A NEW LOOK
Entering the 2014 season, CSF has a strong combination of newcomers and returners on its roster. The Titans return 13 letterwinners from last year's championship squad while welcoming 11 newcomers and four returning redshirts. Of Fullerton's 13 returners, five were starters last season.
BY THE NUMBERS
Cal State Fullerton totaled 51 points last season (18 goals/15 assists) and will need to replace 57 percent of that production as top scorers Erica Mazeau (4 goals, 6 assists), Nikki McCants (3 goals) and Janali West (2 goals, 2 assists) have graduated.
TIME FOR REFLECTION
The Titans clinched the Big West Conference's 2013 automatic NCAA Tournament berth after winning their fourth league tournament championship on Nov. 10, 2013, courtesy of a 2-1 advantage in a penalty kick shootout against UC Riverside after the teams battled to a 1-1 draw following 110 minutes of regulation (90) and overtime (20).
Titan goalkeeper and Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player Katie Pulliam made three stops during the shootout, after saving two Cal Poly penalty kicks in the semifinals on Nov. 7. The Titans, the No. 4 and lowest seed at the Big West Tournament, ousted the No. 1 seeded Mustangs on Nov. 7 after the match ended in a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes, and the Titans advanced 4-3 on penalty kicks.
Fullerton was hosting the tournament at Titan Stadium after winning the 2012 Big West regular season championship.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Cal State Fullerton completed the 2013 season with a record of 7-1-5 at Titan Stadium. The Titans' seven home wins mark the most for the program since the 2005 team finished the season 10-1-0 in Fullerton.
DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP)
Fullerton's 2013 defense emerged as one of the best in the league, ranking atop the Big West statistical rankings in fewest goals allowed (17), goals against average (0.71), and saves (113), while standing tied for third in shutouts (7).
For the third consecutive season, it was announced that the championship match of this year's Big West Conference women's soccer tournament hosted by Cal Poly would be televised live on FOX Sports PrimeTicket at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9.
TITANS CLAIM BACK-TO-BACK TITLES
Defending Big West Tournament champion Cal State Fullerton is out to claim three consecutive crowns in 2014 after the Titans clinched their fourth Big West tournament title in school history and earned the league's automatic NCAA postseason berth in 2013. In 2012, Fullerton won its sixth Big West regular season championship in school history, trailing only Cal Poly (7). It was Fullerton's fourth solo crown after sharing the top spot in 2004 and 2007, the program's fifth in the last 12 seasons, and the second under Head Coach Demian Brown.
Fullerton's coaching staff remains largely intact for 2014 with one exception as Michael Thomas joins the staff following the departure of Diego Bocanegra, who accepted a position at Notre Dame. Prior to joining the Titan staff, Thomas served as head coach at the University of Buffalo for six years (2008-13). During his tenure with the Bulls, he tutored 12 Mid-American all-conference, all-tournament and all-academic honorees, fielding his most successful squad in 2011.
A TRADITION UNLIKE ANY OTHER
Sophomore Nicole Ulrich and junior Alyssa Cabral will be carrying on a tradition of sorts in 2014 as their No. 2 and No. 5 jerseys are the only two numbers in the history of the Fullerton program to be worn every season since the program began in 1993.
Cal State Fullerton, the defending Big West Tournament Champion, was picked to finish fourth in Big West Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Poll, while Cal Poly was selected to repeat as the regular season champion with six first-place votes.
UC Irvine received two first-place votes with 64 points while Long Beach State collected 59 points for third place. Cal State Fullerton received a first-place vote of its own and finished out the top four teams with 58 points.
Hawai'i (37 points), UC Santa Barbara (30), CSUN (27), UC Davis (27) and UC Riverside (26) rounded out the preseason poll.
Senior midfielder and captain Chelsey Patterson was named to the Big West Preseason All-Conference Team after earning second team all-league honors in 2013.