Cram's Two Goals Lift Titans to Third Straight Victory
Sept. 16, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Lauren Cram scored twice, including the game-winner in the 50th minute, to help lift the Titans to a 2-0 victory over visiting Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon in front of 371 fans at Titan Stadium.
The win was the third straight for Fullerton, which improved to 3-2-1 overall on the year, and the first shutout for the Titans in 2007. Oklahoma lost its second straight match in falling to 3-2-1 overall.
The goals were Cram's first two tallies of the season and her first goal since she netted the game-winner on Sept. 8, 2004, in a 1-0 victory over San Diego.
A miscue by the Oklahoma keeper led to Cram's first goal as the Sooners' Jennifer Nichols took a back pass from one of her defenders, but her clearing attempt was knocked down by Cram from about 20 yards out and she one-timed a rocket for the 1-0 lead.
The senior's second strike came in the 65th minute as teammate Stacey Thompson made a run down the right side and looped a cross into the box where Cram settled the ball on the near post, turned and beat Nichols to the far side for the 2-0 advantage.
That was all the Titans would need as the defense clamped down in the second half, allowing Oklahoma just one shot in the second 45-minute period. Fullerton held a 9-5 advantage in that category for the match and a 7-4 lead in corner kicks on the afternoon.
The two teams played to a scoreless first half with the Titans controlling the majority of play despite being outshot in the period, 4-2.
Oklahoma had the two best scoring chances in the opening half with the first coming via the right foot of leading scorer Whitney Palmer, who made a run down the left side, dodging three defenders and clanking the shot off the cross bar 19 minutes into the match.
Then, with just under three minutes to go Tenesha Duncan provided a spark off the bench, taking a through ball behind the defense, but skidding her shot just wide to the far post from the left side of the penalty area.
Senior goalkeeper Kerri Ward made her first career start in net for the Titans, but did not have to make a save as the Fullerton defense set a season-low in shots allowed. Ward earned her first career shutout and victory in her two-plus seasons as a Titan.
Nichols made six saves on the afternoon for Oklahoma.
Cal State Fullerton closes out its three-match homestand on Thursday (Sept. 20) at 7 p.m. as the Titans welcome Loyola Marymount to Titan Stadium.