Titans Score Early This Time In 3-0 Victory Over Hawaii
Sept. 29, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
Host Cal State Fullerton got goals from three different players and junior goalkeeper Karen Bardsley became the winningest keeper in the program's history as the No. 19 Titans shutout visiting Hawaii, 3-0, on Thursday night at Titan Stadium.
The victory was the fourth straight for Cal State Fullerton as it improved to 8-2 overall on the season. The Rainbow Wahine fell to 3-5-2 overall.
For Bardsley, it was her 25th career victory in net in her two-plus seasons, breaking the previous mark of 24 victories shared by Suzy Strazzulla and Laura Janke. The shutout was also her fourth of the season and 12th of her career, one short of Laura Janke's career mark of 13.
Fullerton, which had not scored in the opening period of play since the South Carolina match on Sept. 4, struck first in the 17th minute as Lisa Kosena settled an attempted clear by a Hawaii defender and looped a shot over the head of Wahine goalkeeper Kori Lu into the upper left corner for the 1-0 lead.
The score remained that way until five minutes into the second half when senior Rebekah Patrick netted her third goal of the season in the 50th minute. Patrick took a pass from Kellie Cox at the top of the box and fired again to the upper left corner with a shot that squirted the the hands of the Hawaii keeper to make it 2-0.
Junior captain Lauryn Welch got into the act in the 86th minute with her second tally of the season. Teammate Lauren Cram dribbled thru traffic, beating three defenders and touching a pass through two more to a streaking Welch, who chipped a shot over the head of a diving Lu for the final score.
Cal State Fullerton out shot Hawaii by a 24-4 margin - including a 13-2 advantage in the first half. The Rainbow Wahine's leading scorer Natasha Kai took three of Hawaii's four shots, but only one on net against a stingy Titans' defense.
Fullerton now turns its attention to the start of Big West Conference play on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 2) at 1 p.m. as the Titans visit UC Riverside to open league action.