Aug. 29, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - Josh Meyer and Matt Sanders scored second-half goals Friday afternoon to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 2-0 men's soccer season-opening win over Alabama A&M in the Matadors Invitational in Northridge.
Meyer converted a penalty kick after freshman Nick Posthuma was pulled down in the box. A foul also led to Sanders' score as Ryan Kaylor was pulled down just outside the box and Sanders knocked in a free kick.
"The conditions (heat) and our opponent posed a number of challenges that I felt we dealt with very well," said Heach Coach Bob Ammann. "I was very pleased with our effort and obviously the result.
"For the first game of the season and not having any scrimmages under our belt, I am very pleased with the performance. A number of players got a taste of D-1 soccer for the first time which will serve us well as we continue through the season.
"I was especially pleased with the performances of Nick Posthuma and Mario Alvarez, who brought a lot of energy and caused a number of problems off the bench. Nick was taken down in the box for a penalty that Josh Meyers finished nicely (his first D-1 goal). Mario was very active in midfield creating chances while also coming inches away from scoring on a blistering shot from long range.
"Georgetown will pose another big challenge for us. They are a big strong team that has a lot of experience under their belts. They came into a place (Northridge) that is very difficult to play and got a good result. We will need to be on our toes tomorrow"
Fullerton plays Georgetown at noon on Sunday. The Hoyas got a fortuitous ricochet off one of their player's back for the only goal in a 1-0 win Friday over host Cal State Northridge.