Sandoval's Penalty Kick Holds Up as Titans Down South Carolina
Sept. 4, 2005
AUBURN, AL -
Cal State Fullerton senior defender Marlene Sandoval converted on a penalty kick in the ninth minute of the match and the Titans' defense made it stand up in a 1-0 victory over South Carolina on Sunday morning at the Auburn/Reebok Classic in Auburn, Ala.
The Titans improved to 3-1 overall on the season, winning the Classic tournament title with a 2-0 record. South Carolina suffered its first loss of the 2005 campaign in falling to 3-1.
In a tight defensive match-up, Cal State Fullerton was outshot for the first time in four matches this season, 9-6, but Sandoval made good on the Titans' best scoring chance of the morning, rocketing home her first goal of the season on a penalty kick past USC goalkeeper Lindsay Thorstenson at the 8:03 mark for the 1-0 lead.
The defense held from there as Titans' junior goalkeeper Karen Bardsley made a pair of saves while facing seven shots in the second half to preserve her first shutout of the season.
Senior Kandace Wilson led Cal State Fullerton with two shots on the morning with four other Titans notching a shot.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action next weekend for its second non-conference tournament of the season, facing Gonzaga and host Santa Clara at the 2005 Santa Clara adidas Classic. The Titans and Bulldogs will meet in the tournament opener on Friday (Sept. 9) at 5 p.m., before meeting the host Broncos on Sunday (Sept. 11) at 11 a.m.