Sept. 30, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - David Zamora's header in the fifth minute of overtime proved to be a golden goal Wednesday night as Cal Poly beat Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, in the Big West Conference men's soccer opener for both squads.
The Mustangs improved to 3-6-0 overall with their first win away from home while the Titans lost their second overtime match in a row and fell to 4-4-1.
Junior Burgos set up the winning score with a cross from the right flank to the far post, where Patrick Sigler got a head on the ball and sent it back to the near post where Zamora easily beat goalkeeper Trevor Whiddon.
The Mustangs played the final 10 minutes of regulation and the overtime period down a man after Daniel Gray received a red card for taking down Fullerton's Shay Spitz in midfield. The Mustangs played conservatively to finish regulation but carried the action in overtime. Zamora hit the crossbar 90 seconds into overtime and Burgos had a wide open net to convert the rebound from about the 18-yard line but he missed.
Whiddon made two acrobatic saves in regulation to deny Cal Poly, which outshot the hosts, 21-13. Whiddon leaped high to get one hand on a shot by Chris Gaschen late in the first half and did the same to Daniel Cumming with about 20 minutes to play. Patrick McLain made five routine saves for the Mustangs.
Fullerton's best shot came late in regulation when Jamall Farquharson had an open net from about 25 yards right and he missed to the left.
Fullerton visits Cal State Bakersfield for a non-conference match Saturday night while the Mustangs host UC Davis on Sunday in another Big West match.