Late Rebels' Strike Forges 1-1 Draw With Titans
Sept. 25, 2011
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FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior Ann Marie Tangorra scored her fifth goal of the season and the host Titans outshot UNLV, 20-9, Sunday afternoon, but a late Rebels strike with less than five minutes to play forged a 1-1 double-overtime draw in front of 381 fans at Titan Stadium.
Fullerton, now unbeaten in its last five matches (4-0-1), moved to 5-4-2 overall on the season, having not lost since Sept. 9 against Loyola Marymount. It was the sixth overtime match of the year for the Titans in 11 contests and the fourth to go to double overtime. UNLV moved to 3-7-2 overall with the draw after falling to Long Beach State, 4-1, on Friday afternoon.
After a tight first half, Tangorra finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the 63rd minute after a Rebels defender headed the ball back toward her own net and the junior took advantage. Tangorra broke around the defender, turned, and chipped the ball over the goalkeeper's head to the right side for the 1-0 lead.
It was the fourth consecutive match with a point for Tangorra and the third-straight with a goal as she increased her team-best total to 13 points in 2011.
Fullerton almost put it away 11 minutes later as freshman Colleen Ortega came off the bench and made a run down the left side, unleashing a bending shot from 25 yards out that just caught the crossbar and bounced away from harm.
That set the stage for UNLV's equalizer in the 86th minute as Jenna Larkin sent a free kick from near midfield into the box where it was headed back by Erica Meier past a screened Lindsey Maricic and in to make it 1-1. It was Meier's first of the season and one of just three Rebels' shots in the second half as Fullerton finished with a 10-3 shot advantage in the period.
Tangorra and Brianna Chapman each had chances in the first overtime, but the Titans really turned it up in the second extra period with three golden chances in the span of a minute -- two that sailed high from the top of the box by Lauren Stupin and Kishi Smith and another by Tangorra that was smothered by keeper Kylie Wassell, who finished with six saves on the day, to preserve the draw.
Ten different Fullerton players finished with shots led by six from Tangorra and three more from Chapman as the Titans also finished with a lead in the corner kick department, 7-3. Nine different Rebels had a shot on the afternoon.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the pitch next weekend as the Titans open Big West Conference play on the road at Cal Poly on Friday (Sept. 30) at 7 p.m. in San Luis Obispo and Sunday (Oct. 2) at UC Santa Barbara at 1 p.m.