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TITANS FALL AT PEPPERDINE IN NCAA ACTION
Cal State Fullerton fell to Pepperdine in the first round of the NCAA Tournament after a goal in the 87th minute. The Titans wrapped up a stellar 2017 campaign in Malibu that saw a 12-6-4 overall record. Big West Tournament MVP, Morgan Bertsch, recorded two saves in goal while the Titans placed two shots on frame. Both teams earned three corner kicks.
This season’s trip to The Dance marked Fullerton’s eighth NCAA Tournament appearance, all-time. The Titans are now 4-10-2 against the Waves all-time, while the Big West went 0-3 versus Pepperdine in 2017 and 7-12-6 against West Coast Conference opponents.
CAL STATE FULLERTON RAISES CUP
For the seventh time in Cal State Fullerton history, the Titans claimed the Big West Tournament title, its fourth crown in five years. CSF battled to a 1-1 draw with CSUN in double overtime and clinched an NCAA Tournament berth after a 4-3 advantage over the Matadors in penalty kicks. The Titans earned a spot in the title match after defeating regular season champion, UC Irvine, 2-1. The showdown was the eighth time the Titans appeared in the championship, the most of any squad in the Big West.
BWC PLACES NINE ON ALL-WEST REGION
A total of nine Big West players were honored on the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Women’s Division I All-West Region Team for their standout performances this season. Kiana Palacios earned First Team honors while four earned second team accolades. Four additional student-athletes received third team honors.
BERTSCH IS MOST VALUABLE
Senior goalkeeper Morgan Bertsch received Most Valuable Player honors and became the seventh Titan to do so. The Co-Goalkeeper of the Year recorded a save in 110:00 minutes of action during the title match and stopped two penalty kicks to help earn the Big West Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tounament.
SANCHEZ SCORES BIG
CSUN’s Cynthia Sanchez scored two goals in the semifinals to help her squad to the championship. Her two goals tie for second-most in Big West Tournament history while her foud points are seventh-best. Her five shots taken versus UC Riverside are ninth-best in the record books.
UC IRVINE CLAIMS REGULAR SEASON TITLE
UC Irvine claimed its third all-time regular season title with a 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton in the regular season finale. The Anteaters add to its collection of hardware as the 2017 squad joins the ranks of the 2010 and 2011 squads.