Titans Fall in Big West Opener at Cal Poly
Sept. 30, 2011
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Cal Poly's Tiffany Gummow scored her seventh goal of the season with just over three minutes remaining in the second overtime period Friday night, lifting the host Mustangs to a 2-1 Big West Conference-opening women's soccer victory over Cal State Fullerton at Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo.
The Titans (5-5-2 overall, 0-1 in the Big West), playing in their seventh overtime match of the year and their fifth double overtime contest of the season, put up 28 shots and eight corners on the night, but could not find the go-ahead strike in the extra period, ending the league's longest unbeaten streak at five matches. The seven overtime matches are just one short of the school record of eight set in 2007 as Fullerton fell to 2-3-2 in extra time this season.
Cal Poly (7-4-1, 1-0) had 23 shots of its own -- six of those coming in almost 17 minutes of overtime -- and got six saves from goalkeeper Brooke Gauvin to win its third-straight over the Titans in San Luis Obispo and avenge a 1-0 loss to Fullerton last season at Titan Stadium.
Gummow's goal capped a wild second overtime that saw the two teams combine for six shots in the first three minutes, but the Mustangs' leading scorer ended the game with 3:12 remaining in the match, lobbing a ball over the head of Fullerton keeper Lindsey Maricic from 10 yards out on the left side to win the game.
After holding a 10-6 shot advantage in the scoreless first half, the Titans were the first to get on the board in the 74th minute as sophomore Janali West teamed up with freshman Rebecca Wilson for the 1-0 lead. Wilson sent a ball into the box for West who pounded home her first career goal from close-in to break the scoreless deadlock.
The advantage didn't last long, however, as Cal Poly bounced back and equalized four minutes later on McKenzie Orand's first of the season, an unassisted strike, in the 78th minute. The Mustangs then nearly ended the match in the final minute of regulation but a shot by Julie McKee caromed off the crossbar and a follow shot by Morgan Griffey barely missed the mark.
Fullerton, playing without leading scorer Ann Marie Tangorra due to injury, posted at least 20 shots in a match for the third time in its last four contests and posted its second-highest single-match total of the year, trailing only the 30 shots taken against Columbia back on Sept. 11 at home. Wilson led all players with a game-high six shots on the night as 14 different Titans took at least one. All four of the offsides calls in the match were against Cal State Fullerton.
Gummow and Sara Lancaster each finished with four shots to lead the Mustangs.
Cal State Fullerton's road trip continues on Sunday (Oct. 2) at 1 p.m. as the Titans travel to UC Santa Barbara for a match-up with the Gauchos at Harder Stadium. UCSB fell to Long Beach State, 2-1, in overtime in the only Big West match that did not go to a second overtime period on Friday night.