San Jose State Rallies to Tie Titans
Sept. 11, 2005
Johnny Gonzalez scored an unassisted goal with just over five minutes remaining in regulation to forge a 2-2 tie and neither team could score in overtime Sunday afternoon as San Jose State and Cal State Fullerton played to a draw in non-conference men's soccer action in Titan Stadium.
The Spartans remained unbeaten at 2-0-2 while Fullerton is now 0-2-1.
Gonzalez found a loose ball about 15 yards out at a right angle to the net and beat Titans' freshman goalkeeper Kevin Puder just inside the far left post for the only score of the second half.
Fullerton had jumped to a 2-0 advantage. Yaron Shlomi converted a short cross from Jose Barragan in the game's sixth minute for Fullerton's first goal of the year and a 1-0 lead. Fullerton got its second goal when the Spartans' Gavin Wenyon inadvertently kicked a cross from Titan freshman Jacob Shumway past goalkeeper Richard Mann at 15:03.
The Titans, who took 10 of the match's first 11 shots and dominated the first 35 minutes, saw their lead cut in half shortly before intermission when Daniel Perez took advantage of a rush by Nelson Diaz down the right flank that brought Puder out of the goal.
Fullerton almost got a second own goal. Mann had come out of the box and a Spartans' header from about 35 yards out sailed over his head. But in a race for the loose ball heading toward the net, a Titan defender was cited for a foul when he tripped up Mann.
Mann finished with 7 saves to 4 by Puder.
The Titans travel to Pennsylvania next weekend for a tournament that will see them play Ohio State and host Penn State.