Sept. 15, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Lauryn Welch scored twice, including the game-winner in the 62nd minute, to help lift the visiting Titans to a 2-1 upset of host and No. 6-ranked Texas A&M in front of 2,653 fans on Friday night in College Station, Tex.
Fullerton improved to 4-1-1 overall in winning the first-ever meeting with the Aggies. Texas A&M fell to 3-3-1 overall on the year.
The Aggies controlled the run of play, outshooting the Titans, 25-7, for the match and out corner-kicking Fullerton by a 7-2 margin.
Texas A&M outshot the Titans in the first half by a 12-3 margin with all three of Fullerton's shots coming in the first 25 minutes of play, ending with Welch's first goal of the night, and second of the season, as she picked up a loose ball at midfield and put it away for the 1-0 lead.
The Aggies answered back four minutes later as Amber Gnatzig one-timed a ball into the upper corner after the Fullerton defense failed to clear the ball off a corner kick, knotting the match at 1-1.
The Titans' senior goalkeeper Karen Bardsley kept her side close despite the lopsided shot totals, tying a career high with 12 saves on the night - a number that ranks tied for fifth on the school's single-game record list.
She last made 12 saves in back-to-back matches against nationally-ranked Portland and Washington in September, 2002.
That performance, plus two goal line saves by the Titans' defense, set up Welch's heroics at the 61:05 mark as she scored off a pass from freshman Courtney Heinen on the counterattack to the upper corner of the goal for the final tally.
The Aggies' Ashlee Pistorius and Kat Krambeer each had a match-high five shots on the night while Welch led the Titans with a very efficient two goals on two shots.
Of Texas A&M's 25 shots, over half (14) were on goal while Fullerton managed four shots on frame.
Cal State Fullerton wraps up its Texas road trip on Sunday (Sept. 17) at 11 a.m. PDT as the Titans take on the Texas Longhorns in Austin.