Titans Score Early And Defense Makes It Stand Up In Win Over Aggies

Oct. 9, 2004

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Steve Moreno's goal in the third minute gave Cal State Fullerton all the offense it needed as the Titans picked up their first win of the season following a 1-0 victory over UC Davis Saturday afternoon at Aggie Field.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 4-6-1 on the season while the Titans pick up their first win of the season and move to 1-6-2.

Fullerton wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard as it came out aggressive to start the game. On their first attack, the Titans' Andrew Sam came along the right side before sending a ball into the box in front of Aggie goalkeeper Charles Warne. Moreno volleyed the ball to the left corner of the goal at the 2:48 mark for the 1-0 lead.

The rest of the half the two teams would play to a draw as each team had opportunities, but could not convert. The Aggies' Ryan Shaw and Connor Voss each had headers that went just wide of the goal while Titan goalkeeper Matt Cowan made two saves as Fullerton entered halftime with a 1-0 lead.

In the second half the Aggies were able to keep the ball on the Titan half of the field for the majority of play. UC Davis was clearly the move aggressive team, controlling play and creating the greater number of scoring opportunities. It was not enough as for the fourth time this season the Aggies failed to get on the board, despite outshooting the Titans 12-9.

Warne finished the day with four saves as did Cowan, who was playing in just his second game of the season.

"We focused all week on starting fast and putting the pressure on them, then we gave them a goal in the third minute and put ourselves behind the eight ball," said Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "Following the goal we had to chase for 86 minutes and never caught them.



"We need to do a better job of putting it in the net," Shaffer continued. "I thought we had the better of play and maybe some better chances to score, but we didn't come away with the win."

UC Davis is next in action on Friday when it hits the road to face Stanford. Gametime is set for 5 p.m.