Oct. 30, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. -
Miles Byass scored two second-half goals and San Diego State went on to record a 4-1 come-from-behind non-conference men's soccer victory at Cal State Fullerton.
The Aztecs improved to 9-5-2 while the Titans fell to 6-9-2 in the first meeting between the two schools since 2002.
Byass tied the match in the 50th minute when the Titans mis-headed a pass backwards and Byass came in alone on Fullerton goalkeeper Trevor Whiddon, scoring from about 20 yards. The eventual game-winning goal came in the 65th minute when Daniel Steres converted a free kick from Jose Altamirano and a short cross from Khadim Diouf. Three minutes later Byass scored again to make it 3-1 when he pounced on a rebound off Whiddon of a hard shot by Raymundo Reza.
Justin Davies completed the scoring with a penalty kick in the 80th minute.
Fullerton used a penalty kick goal by Kevin Venegas in the 32nd minute to take a 1-0 lead. It was Venegas' sixth goal of the season, second on the team to Nick Posthuma, who sat out the game because of a yellow card accumulation.
Brad Byrnes got the win with 3 saves in the net for the Aztecs before giving way in the final 5 minutes to Blake Hylen, who made his season debut. Whiddon logged 7 saves for the Titans.
Fullerton concludes the regular season next week with a Wednesday game at Cal Poly and then a home game against UC Irvine. The Titans missed qualifying for the Big West Conference post-season tournament earlier in the day when UC Davis beat Cal Poly, 4-2. Fullerton and Davis are now tied for third place with 12 points, one more than Cal Poly. Only four teams qualify for the tourney that begins Nov. 10 at the top two seeds' fields.