Titans Tie No. 7 Cal
Aug. 17, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Junior Jesse Escalante scored twice for the second exhibition in a row as Cal State Fullerton tied No. 7-ranked California, 2-2, in a men's soccer scrimmage Wednesday night in Titan Stadium.
There was no overtime period as the teams had predetermined to play 90 minutes of regulation and then a 30-minute exhibition to allow more players game action.
Escalante, who had four goals all of last season but got two goals in the Blue-Orange Scrimmage on Saturday, put the Titans ahead, 1-0, with a spectacular goal in the 10th minute. He volleyed a chip pass from Jameson Campbell to himself and then spun like a turnstile to drill a 20-yarder past Golden Bears' goalkeeper Kevin Peach.
Cal tied the score in the 29th minute when Kyle Lunt's shot off a cross by Ryan Neil bounced off Fullerton goalkeeper Trevor Whiddon and trickled across the goal line.
Cal went ahead in the 40th minute, taking advantage of a Fullerton turnover for an Alec Sundly blast from about 30 yards that beat Whiddon to the left post.
Escalante suffered an apparent right leg injury and came out under his own power later in the second half.
In the 30-minute exhibition, the teams tied, 1-1. Dyllan Stevens scored for the Titans in the second minute when he was able to redirect a carom of a shot by Jonathan Birt just before it rolled by the left post. Michael Shaddock scored for Cal in the 20th minute on a blast from about 20 yards past goalkeeper Oliver Smith.
Fullerton opens its regular season on Friday, Aug. 26, with a 5 p.m. home match vs. Hope International.