Oct. 23, 2011
RIVERSIDE, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior Stacey Fox scored her fourth of the year in the 37th minute to bring visiting Cal State Fullerton even, but the Titans could not find the go-ahead strike Sunday night as they battled to a 1-1 draw with host UC Riverside in front of 527 fans at the UCR Soccer Stadium.
Fullerton (7-8-3 overall, 1-4-1 in the Big West Conference), in its school-record 10th overtime match of the season, finished with a season-high 33 shots against the Highlanders (7-8-2, 2-3-1), just three nights after being held to a season-low eight shots in a 1-0 loss to Cal State Northridge.
The Titans, who moved to 3-4-3 in overtime this season, surpassed their previous season-high of 30 shots set against Columbia on Sept. 11 and marked only the 12th time in school history that a Fullerton squad has finished with 30-or-more shots in a match. The 33 shots rank tied for fifth on the all-time list, just seven shy of the school record of 41 set against Wyoming on Sept. 28, 2001.
Riverside, which finished with 17 shots, but put only two of them on frame, scored on the first shot of the match in the third minute as Shelley Brumbaugh put home a cross from teammate Celina Valencia for her first of the season and a 1-0 Highlanders lead. It was only the fifth first-half goal allowed by the Titans this season out of 20 overall scores against them.
Fullerton then unleashed a barrage of shots on the UCR net, taking 10 shots over the next 33 minutes of game time before Fox came through with the equalizer. Jennifer Smith started the play with a pass to Summer Chavez, who crossed it to Fox close in from the right corner. The junior then put it away from seven yards out to make it 1-1.
For Fox, the goal moved her into a tie for second in the category with teammate Nikki McCants and was the 12th of her career -- just one score shy of moving her into the top 10 in school history.
Chavez had a chance deflect off the crossbar in the 12th minute and Ann Marie Tangorra, who finished with a match-high eight shots (tied for sixth in a single match in school history) on the night, had one saved off the line by a Highlander defender in the 31st minute prior to Fox's goal.
Sara Slaughter, the Highlander goalkeeper, was busy in net all night, finishing with 11 saves and turning away numerous Titan chances as Fullerton put 13 shots on frame against UCR. Of the 17 Titans who saw the field Sunday night, 11 took at least one shot, helping their side to a 14-10 advantage in shots in the first half, a 13-7 lead in the second half, and all six shots in the two overtime periods combined.
In contrast, sophomore Lindsey Maricic was forced to make just one save on the night in net for Fullerton while facing 17 shots, five of those by the Highlanders' Deborah Musa.
Cal State Fullerton closes out the 2011 regular season at home next weekend as the Titans host Pacific on Friday night (Oct. 28) at 7 p.m. before welcoming UC Davis on Sunday (Oct. 30) at 2 p.m.