Titans Lose Double Overtime Heartbreaker to Cal Poly, 1-0
Oct. 7, 2007
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Cal Poly's Erica Leger scored her first goal of the season with just under four minutes remaining in the second overtime period to lift the Mustangs to a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The loss was the second straight for the Titans (6-5-1, 1-2) as they lost back-to-back matches for the first time this season. It was the fifth time they have gone to overtime this season and the fourth time Fullerton has had to play a second overtime. Cal Poly improved to 2-8-1 overall and 1-1 in league play with the victory.
The unassisted strike came in the 107th minute as Sharon Day played a corner kick low and toward the front of the goal late in the second overtime period.
Cal State Fullerton goalkeeper Shayla Sabin came off her line to knock the ball away and collided with a Cal Poly player. The ball knocked off of another player and squirted its way into the middle of the box where Leger right-footed the ball into the upper left corner.
Both teams had their fair share of scoring chances in the game. The Titans' best chance was in the eighth minute when Brianna Buffington found a seam in the Mustangs' defense on a counter-attack. Buffington took the ball on the right and beat Cal Poly's defense before blasting a shot, but Mustangs' goalkeeper Alli Tramel made a diving save to keep the match scoreless.
Cal State Fullerton put seven of its 12 shots on net in the match, but Tramel made seven saves to log her third clean sheet of the season. Sabin matched her career high for the third time this year with seven saves of her own.
The Titans held a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks, but couldn't capitalize. Buffington led Fullerton with three shots on the day.
Cal State Fullerton looks to snap its skid next weekend as the Titans play host to nationally-ranked Santa Clara on Friday night (Oct. 12) at 7 p.m. before welcoming Big West foe Pacific to Titan Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 14) at 1 p.m.