Sept. 28, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
Cal State Bakersfield remained unbeaten but Cal State Fullerton managed a scoreless tie Wednesday night in non-conference men's soccer action at Titan Stadium.
The Roadrunners entered the night one of only eight unbeaten Div. I teams and came out the same at 4-0-4. Fullerton's record moved to 6-1-2.
Each team's best chance to win came in the final 3 minutes of the first overtime period. Bakersfield's Scott Luedtke split two defenders and dribbled in from the right side and fired a shot that caromed off the right post with about 2:45 on the clock.
Fullerton's brush with victory came as the period ended. Gerzon Blanco, who had just entered the match, fired a 25-yard shot that skidded just outside the left post.
"Offensively, we weren't real sharp tonight but we defended well," said Fullerton Coach Bob Ammann. "The team was determined the nation's goal scoring leader wasn't going to add to his total against us. We have now played against three of the top goal scorers in the country and the only goal given up has come from the penalty spot.
"Our offense is going to have nights where it just doesn't click, but if we continue to defend in the manner we have we will always give ourselves a chance.
"I am happy to have finished the non-conference portion of our schedule and look forward to what I think will be the most competitive and challenging year the Big West Conference has seen."
The visiting Roadrunners and Titans each were charted with 18 shots but CSUB was more accurate. Fullerton's Trevor Whiddon had to make 8 saves to only 3 for Bakersfield's Eric Shannon.
The Titan defense did a superb job swarming CSUB's Gyasi Zardes, who had scored 11 goals in the first 7 matches. He managed only 4 shots but 3 of them were on target only to be stopped by Whiddon.
The Titans open Big West Conference play Saturday at Cal State Northridge.