Bakersfield Edges Titans, 2-1
Oct. 3, 2009
Bakersfield, Calif. -
Courtesy Cal State Bakersfield sports information
The Cal State Bakersfield men's soccer team earned its third consecutive victory and surpassed its win total for each of the past two seasons with a 2-1 decision over Cal State Fullerton Saturday on the Main Soccer Field.
The Roadrunners used one goal in each half to move to 5-3-1 overall, while the Titans fell to 4-5-1, dropping their third straight.
Bakersfield dominated play early, earning an 8-3 shot advantage through the opening 45 minutes of play. Just three minutes after substituting into the match, Robbie Gouk broke the scoreless tie with his second goal of the season. Freshman Jesus Sanchez slotted a ball across the top of the box to Gouk, who struck it past goalkeeper Pablo Gonzalez into the left corner of the net for a 1-0 CSUB lead at the 35:39 mark.
A brief letdown to open the second half allowed Cal State Fullerton's Jesse Escalante a shot just 16 seconds in, but goalkeeper Eric Shannon came up with a diving save to keep the Titans off the board.
Fullerton finally broke through in the 74th minute with a goal by Shay Spitz. The play began with a turnover deep in the Titans' own end. Jamall Farquharson came up with a loose ball following a Roadrunner cross into the box. The speedy forward broke free from the pack and, catching the CSUB back line on its heels, raced the full length of the field. After reaching the endline, left of the goal, he chipped the ball back in front of the goalmouth where Spitz headed it just inside the left post, knotting the score 1-1.
The Roadrunners responded less than four minutes later when Matt Shaxton won a 50-50 ball near the top of the box, beat a Titan defender and drove a shot into the far-post net for the game-winner.
Bakersfield concluded with a slight 14-12 shot advantage, but forced Gonzalez, making his first start, to make six saves, while Shannon faced just three shots on goal, saving two.
Cal State Fullerton (4-5-1) vs. CSU Bakersfield (5-3-1)
Date: Oct 03, 2009 Attendance: 261
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Cal State Fullerton. 0 1 - 1
CSU Bakersfield..... 1 1 - 2
1. 35:39 CSUB Robbie Gouk (2) (Jesus Sanchez) - low cross right to left, near post net
2. 73:10 CSUF Spitz, Shay (3) (Farquharson, Jamall) - cross from left endline, header nearpost
3. 76:42 CSUB Matt Shaxton (2) (unassisted) - loose ball in box, beat keeper far post
Shots: Cal State Fullerton 12, CSU Bakersfield 14
Saves: Cal State Fullerton 6 (Gonzalez, Pablo 6), CSU Bakersfield 2 (Eric Shannon 2)