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Lidle Fought to the End

October 12, 2006

SPORTS

Volleyball Facing a Challenge

The former replacement player was never afraid to speak his mind on issues

Titans looking to work things out during their three-game losing streak

BY LAURENS ONG

BY JAMES THOMPSON

Daily Titan Sports Editor long@dailytitan.com

Daily Titan Staff Writer sports@dailytitan.com

Cory Lidle, who died in a plane crash Wednesday, managed to make the most of his nine Major League seasons, with a 82-72 career record and a 4.57 lifetime ERA. Despite his modest success in the Major Leagues, Lidle was unlike his peers who were more likely to utter clichés and make bland remarks. Lidle, a 17-year professional, preferred to speak his mind wherever he landed in his journeyman baseball career. Along with teammate Gary Sheffield, Lidle criticized the Yankees’ efforts just this past Monday after the Yankees were unceremoniously bounced out of the first round of the playoffs. “We got matched up with a team that was a little bit more ready than we were,” Lidle said in a New York Daily News story that was quoted in an Oct. 10 article in the Delaware News Journal. “We were all pretty surprised how not ready we were for that series.” This wasn’t the first time time Lidle has been so candid with his words. After he was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Yankees over this past summer, he made some unflattering comments that drew some fire from former teammate Arthur Rhodes.

If you hear a loud screeching noise emanating from the Titan gym, don’t worry it’s only the Cal State Fullerton’s volleyball team on a three – game skid. All this after the Titans got off to their best start in the program’s history. The Titans start a three-game homestand this Friday when they host Cal State Northridge (10-5, 31) in another Big West Conference match. The Titans (13-5, 2-3) were upset by UC Davis (2-16) on Sept. 28 and have just dropped back-to-back conference matches, in which they were swept, to UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs. At UCSB, the Titans were swept 30-25, 30-20, 30-27. The Gauchos have been bullying the Titans for their lunch money since 1982. The Titans and Gauchos have played each other 52 times, and the Gauchos have won all 52 matches. “We were not competitive against [Santa Barbara],” Titan Head Coach Carolyn Zimmerman said. “Defensively, we didn’t get the touches, which cut down our opportunity to score.” The Titans then faced 20th ranked Cal Poly SLO and were swept again 30-22, 30-20, 30-26.

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By Carlos Delgado/For the Daily Titan KICK BALL – CSUF junior Brianna Buffington keeps the ball away from Arizona’s Savanah Levake during the Titans’ 2-1 loss to the Wildcats on Sept. 28.

Titan Women Coming Together as a Unit BY ALVIN ANOL

Daily Titan Staff Writer sports@dailytitan.com

Off to a fantastic start in Big West Conference play, the Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team will look to continue its current three-match winning streak in front of the home crowd this weekend. The Titans (3-0 conference, 7-51 overall) will play Friday night at 7 p.m. against UC Santa Barbara (1-1 conference, 3-6-4 overall). On Sunday afternoon they will go against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1-0-1 conference, 7-5-1 overall) at 1 p.m. The Titans will be led by senior defender Erica Janke, whose performance last week earned her co-Big West player of the week honors. Janke, known more for her skills on the defensive side of the ball, scored the first goal of her career in the Titans’ 2-1 victory against Pacific. “We were out at Pacific, so after I

scored I wasn’t sure if I really scored now she’s got to fill the shoes as far as because there wasn’t anybody cheer- leadership goes.” Junior Brianna Buffington scored ing for us,” Janke said. In the game against Cal State her fourth goal of the season against Northridge, Janke’s lone goal was Pacific. Senior goalkeeper Karen the difference in a 1-0 Titan victory. Bardsley notched her fifth shutout “Anytime you of the season go away from against Cal home and come State Northback with two ridge. Anytime you go away wins, it’s a good The Tifrom home and come weekend, CSUF tans’ success Head Coach Ali back with two wins, it’s a could not Khosroshahin have come at good weekend. said. “I think a better time the way we kept for the team. possession of the Having lost – Ali Khosroshahin ball this weekfour in a row Titan Head Coach end was very prior to the good.” start of conJanke also ference play, was recognized the Titans are at the national now primed level. Her performance earned her to make another run at the Big West a spot on the national teams of the Conference championship. week for “Soccer Buzz” and “Soccer Janke said that part of their sucAmerica.” cess has a lot to do with the difficulty “She’s just doing what a senior is of their preseason. supposed to be doing,” Khosrosha“We can feel high pressure, and hin said. “She’s picking up the slack stay relaxed with it,” Janke said. “We where she needs to pick it up. Right just need to keep playing and not get

CSUF women’s soccer aims to stay perfect in the Big West Conference

caught up with anything else that’s going on.” Khosroshahin said that the team still needs to pick things up on the offensive end, using a football analogy to describe his team’s struggles. “When we get into the red zone, we’re just not getting in,” Khosroshahin said. UC Santa Barbara is also looking to change their current luck. The Gauchos have only won once in their last seven games, with their most recent match a 4-0 victory over conference foe UC Irvine. Cal Poly SLO has had the unfortunate luck of playing matches longer than their usual 90 minutes. Their last three games all went to double overtime and they had a win, a loss, and a tie over those three games. Cal Poly SLO’s tie did come against preseason conference favorite Long Beach State. Titan junior captain Stacey Thompson said they have not seen what they are fully capable of yet. “We’re really just starting to get into our stride,” Thompson said. “There’s just going to be better things to come.”

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