Aug. 23, 2005
Chula Vista, CA - Scrambling with unexpected player combinations on defense, the Cal State Fullerton men's soccer team was outscored, 4-1, in a pre-sesaon scrimmage Tuesday afternoon in Chula Vista, California.
A morning injury to newcomer Jason O'Connor compounded a shorthanded situation on the defensive front and miscommunication played a major part in at least two of the Golden Bears' four first-half goals. The Titans moved senior forward Jose Barragan back to the defensive spot he played most of last season and that settled the back line down and the Titans "won" the second half, 1-0. Newcomer Chase Richeson found the net on a set piece for Fullerton, which played without forward Eugene Brooks, letterman goalkeeper Matt Cowan and newcomers Earl Alexander, Jacob Shumway and David Garcia as well as O'Connor.
"We played very poorly in the first half but the second half was a little better," said Head Coach Al Mistri. "The biggest problem was losing O'Connor in our light morning workout. He and Florian Wolff and Arron Craggs are going to make a huge difference. Florian and Arron stood out today as did Bobby Armstrong in goal. They all exceeded expectations. Jose was his steady self. We may have to play him on defense until we get some of these players back. We expect four of the six to be ready for Maryland on Sept. 2."
Brooks will not be one of them. One of the Titans' leading scorers in 2003, the junior from El Paso, Texas, who missed all of last season after surgery to his feet, suffered a high ankle sprain in practice and will be out six to eight weeks.