Oct. 5, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton freshman Janae Deas netted a pair of second-half goals and freshman goalkeeper Margaret Dupes recorded her first career shutout as the host Titans upset No. 23 UC Santa Barbara, 2-0, on Sunday night in front of 653 fans at Titan Stadium.
The win evened Fullerton's record at 6-6-1 overall, 1-1 in the Big West Conference, while the Gauchos fell to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Deas, who hadn't scored since netting a goal against Alabama back on Sept. 5, put the Titans on the scoreboard first in the 78th minute. Senior Jenae Gibbens started the sequence with a throw-in from the right sideline that was flicked back by Claudia Munoz to Deas waiting on the left post. The freshman then poked home the goal from close in for the 1-0 lead.
Six minutes later, Deas added her second of the night (and third overall on the season) in the 84th minute, taking a pass across the top of the box from Stacey Fox and firing to the left post for the 2-0 advantage.
Dupes, who finished with a career-high six saves, and the Fullerton defense then hunkered down for the final six minutes, as the rookie goalkeeper made two key saves and the Titans withstood four shots by the Gauchos in that stretch to secure the shutout.
It was Cal State Fullerton's first shutout since a victory by the same score over Saint Mary's back on Aug. 31.
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie after one half of play, but UC Santa Barbara controlled the run of play in the opening 45 minutes, outshooting the Titans, 9-2, and generating the majority of scoring opportunities.
Genelle Ives, Kylie McDonald, and Kailyn Kugler each had scoring opportunities snuffed out by a charging Dupes off her line and Michelle Russell nearly bounced one in off the left post in the 41st minute, going one-on-one with the keeper and missing by inches.
Deas and teammate Geminesse Martinez led the Titans with three shots apiece on the night while three different Gauchos finished with three shots to pace their offense. UCSB outshot Cal State Fullerton, 15-10, for the match with each team logging six shots on goal.
After four straight matches at home, Cal State Fullerton hits the road for its next three matches beginning next weekend with a trip to Northern California. The Titans take on Pacific on Friday night (Oct. 10) at 7 p.m. before heading to UC Davis on Sunday (Oct. 12) at noon.