Titans Draw With Utah in Double OT, 1-1
Sept. 21, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Tamara Dewey scored her team-best third goal of the season just seven minutes in and the Titans amassed a season-high 22 shots on the day as they battled host Utah to a 1-1 tie in double overtime in Salt Lake City on Sunday afternoon.
Fullerton, which had been shutout in each of its three previous matches, evened its record at 4-4-1 overall on the season, playing in its second overtime match of the year. The Utes remained unbeaten in their last four contests, moving to 3-5-2 overall on the season.
Dewey got the Titans on the board early on, collecting a clear by the Utah defense from 35 yards out and rocketing a shot that slipped through the hands of goalkeeper Emalee Rogers for the early advantage.
The goal ended a streak of 341 consecutive scoreless minutes for the Fullerton offense dating back to the first half of a 2-1 loss to nationally ranked Santa Clara on Sept. 7.
The Utes responded with a goal of their own midway through the first half as Morgan Skeen found the back of the net to even the match. Skeen fought off two Titan defenders and played a long ball from the right side that drifted over the head of keeper Shannon Simpson and into the upper lefthand corner to tie the match.
Simpson, who faced 28 Utah shots on the day, set a career-high with nine saves, including turning away three potential game-winners in the two overtime periods to secure the draw. Rogers made seven saves in net for the Utes.
Cal State Fullerton junior Danielle Bitonti led all players with six shots on the day - including putting four on goal to pace the Titans' offense. Nine of the 11 starters for the Titans took a shot on the day.
Fullerton now puts the road behind it as the Titans open a four-match homestand beginning Friday night (Sept 26) at 7 p.m. against San Diego State at Titan Stadium.