Sept. 28, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - University of Arizona freshman Jacqueline Broussard converted on a cross from teammate Jasmine Namdar in the 55th minute to snap a 1-1 tie and lift the No. 24 Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over host Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night at Titan Stadium.
The loss dropped the Titans to 4-5-1 overall and was the fourth straight defeat for Fullerton - the longest such losing streak since 2004 when the Titans lost four straight from Sept. 10-19.
The defeat also ended Cal State Fullerton's home winning streak at 11 consecutive matches dating back to a 2005 season-opening loss to San Diego State on Aug. 26.
Arizona improved to 7-4 overall with the victory, snapping a two-match losing streak of its own.
Broussard's game-winner was the first goal of her career as Namdar sent the ball from the far sideline to the right post, finding the feet of Broussard, who fought past a defender and top-shelved her shot from less than two yards out for the 2-1 advantage.
Fullerton had a pair of scoring opportunities and three corner kicks in the final 20 minutes, but couldn't find the back of the net as Arizona keeper Chelsea McIntyre and the Wildcats' defense clamped down to preserve the win.
The Titans got on the board first in the fifth minute of the match as senior Lauryn Welch netted her fifth goal of the season. Junior Candice Byler had a throw in on the far side that was flicked on by sophomore Jenae Gibbens to Welch, who slammed it home to the right post for the 1-0 lead.
The goal gave Welch 17 for her career, tying her for sixth place on the all-time goals list at Cal State Fullerton, and her 46 points are tied for seventh all-time.
However, Welch, who leads the team with five goals and 12 points on the season, left with an injury and did not return.
Arizona netted the equalizer with just 10 seconds remaining in the first half as Laura Huylebroeck netted her first career goal as she settled a ball at the top of the box, spun and fought past a Titan defender and beat Fullerton goalkeeper Karen Bardsley to the low left post to tie the match at 1-1 heading into halftime.
Bardsley kept the Titans in it, making seven saves on the night - four of those in the second half, and three after the go-ahead goal.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action on Sunday (Oct. 1) at 6 p.m. as the Titans open Big West Conference action against UC Riverside at Titan Stadium in a rematch of the 2005 Big West Tournament championship match (won by the Titans, 4-1).