Boujos' Golden Goal Lifts Titans Over No. 14 California
Sept. 14, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Kristen Boujos snuck home the game-winning goal through traffic in the 103rd minute to lift the Titans to a 2-1 double overtime victory over No. 14 California on Friday afternoon at Titan Stadium.
Fullerton clinched its second consecutive victory in improving to 2-2-1 overall on the year, defeating a Pacific-10 Conference opponent for the second-straight match. It was the Titans' first win over a ranked opponent since their 2-1 victory at No. 6 Texas A&M last season on Sept. 15.
The Golden Bears suffered their first loss of the year in falling to 4-1 overall, allowing their first goals of the season after four consecutive shutouts.
After a scoreless first overtime period, the Titans put the pressure on to start the second overtime, punting the ball deep in the corner for Brianna Buffington, who battled with a California defender to force a corner kick.
Junior Casey Schostag sent the ensuing kick into the box where it deflected off a Golden Bears defender and Titan senior Nicole Scheid before bouncing to Boujos, who skidded a low drive through traffic to the left post for the game-winning tally. It was Boujos' first goal of the season.
Fullerton had a pair of golden opportunities in the final minute of regulation as junior Jenae Gibbens' long throw in from the left sideline found Scheid, whose shot and the ensuing attempt on the rebound by freshman Tamara Dewey were saved by goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini.
The Titans were the first to get on the board in the 47th minute, as a long ball into no man's land turned into a foot race between Pellegrini and Fullerton senior Brianna Buffington.
Pellegrini got there first with a nifty slide, but her tackle punched the ball out to a waiting Candice Byler, who looped a shot from 18 yards out into the upper left corner for the 1-0 advantage.
The Golden Bears answered with the equalizer almost nine minutes later in the 55th minute as another long ball into the box by Brianna Bak was headed into the net by Stephanie Wieger to knot the score at 1-1.
Cal State Fullerton held a 13-9 advantage in shots, including a team-high four shots by senior Stacey Thompson. Freshman goalkeeper Shannon Simpson, making her second consecutive start in goal, made a pair of saves to improve to 2-0 overall on the year.
The Titans return to action on Sunday (Sept. 16) at 12 p.m. as they host Oklahoma at Titan Stadium to continue a three-match homestand.