Thompson Shines in Windy 3-0 Victory Over Northridge
Oct. 21, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior forward Stacey Thompson had a foot in all three goals as she scored the game-winner and assisted on two others as the Titans posted a 3-0 shutout of Cal State Northridge in a Big West Conference women's soccer match on a gusty Sunday evening at Titan Stadium.
The win was Fullerton's third straight overall, and the Titans' seventh consecutive win over the Matadors, as they improved to 9-6-1 overall and 4-2 in the Big West. The Matadors fell to 3-10-1 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Sunday's shutout extended Fullerton's shutout streak to 270 minutes, outscoring the opposition 7-0 in that span. The Titans have now scored three goals in a match four times this season and twice in their last three matches.
With winds gusting in excess of 20 miles per hour for the entire match, Thompson broke through for the first goal of the game in the 16th minute, taking a cross from teammate Tanya Slusser and tapping the ball to the left post for the 1-0 lead.
Freshman Christina Murillo added another just six minutes later, as Thompson fed her the ball from midfield and sent Murillo racing down the sideline. The freshman then cut in to the box, beating her defender and the goalkeeper one-on-one to the far post to make it 2-0.
The score remained that way until the second minute of the second half as freshman Danielle Bitonti netted her first career goal off a nice sequence by Thompson and Slusser.
Slusser took the ball from 20 yards out, feeding Thompson on the right sideline. Thompson then sent a cross to the back post where Bitonti was waiting to touch it in and make it 3-0.
That would be more than enough for the Titans, who outshot the Matadors, 13-4. Brianna Buffington had three shots - all on goal - to lead the Titans, who had eight players put shots on frame. Kristy Krohn led Northridge with a pair of shots on the evening.
Fullerton junior goalkeeper Shayla Sabin was forced to make only one save on the night in logging her third consecutive shutout and her fifth clean sheet overall this season.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action next weekend as the Titans head to UC Riverside on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 28) for a 1 p.m. kickoff.