Attacking Their Season One Step at a Time

After picking up its first Big West Conference win of the season, the Cal State Fullerton men's soccer team heads to San Luis Obispo tonight looking to continue where it left off, this time against the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs.

"I think more than anything it boosted our confidence," Titan defender Amir Shafii said of Saturday's game. "Now we just have to keep going with that and we have to remember what that felt like, because that's the biggest thing - everybody loved the feeling of that first win and we want to keep getting more of those."

CASHING IN - Omar Rodriguez [#17], Eugene Brooks [#13], Gabriel Farfan [#15] and Skyler Thuresson [#9] celebrate after Brooks scored his eighth goal.
Media Credit: Karl Thunman
GETTING FANCY - Titan senior forward Eugene Brooks tries an overhead shot infront of the watchful eyes of UC Irvine defender Sergio Rivera.

With seven regular season games remaining, the Titans (5-6-1, 1-3-0) have already surpassed last season's overall victory total (4-14-1) and matched last year's conference win total (1-9-0).

"It's not like last year," Titan midfielder Skyler Thuresson said. "Last year was kind of tough."

It was evident that the morale of the team was down and there was no buzz at practice last year, Thuresson said. But that isn't the case with this season's team.

"Everybody's doing good. We lost a few games, but everybody has kept their heads up and kept going at it in practice and working at what we need to do," Thuresson said.

Thuresson led the Titans with two goals in the win over UCR on Saturday.

"I'm not necessarily looking to put it in the back of the net again," Thuresson said about tonight's game. "I mean, I want to, of course, but if it's getting the assist, setting up the play, getting a free kick or a set piece, I'll do that. Whatever it takes."

While CSUF has the advantage against Cal Poly SLO, leading the all-time series 13-4-0, the Titans have lost two of the last three visits to San Luis Obispo.

"I'm sure they're looking at it as an opportunity to distance themselves from us (in the Big West Conference standings)," Titan Head Coach Bob Ammann said. "But we're looking at it as the first step in the turnaround we're going to have the rest of the league season."

Cal Poly SLO (5-5-3, 1-2-1 Big West) is currently one point ahead of CSUF in the Big West standings with four points.

"It's going to be a battle," Mustangs Head Coach Paul Holocher said. "We're coming up against a very, very good opponent."

In a non-conference game this Saturday, the Titans return to Titan Stadium to face the UC Davis Aggies (6-5-2).

The Aggies join the Big West Conference in 2007 and have been successful against top teams earlier in the season, defeating UC Santa Barbara and holding UC Irvine to a tie.

The last time the Titans and Aggies met, UC Davis defeated Fullerton 4-0 in what CSUF freshman Gabriel Farfan called "probably the worst game we've played all season."

Although the meeting between the Titans and Aggies is a non-conference match this season, Ammann said it's still an important rematch.

"It's another opportunity to build on some of the confidence that we've gained throughout the season," Ammann said. "Obviously going up there and having our worst game of the year, we'll want to try to show them that the team they played against was not the real Titan team."