Shelton Saves Titans With Game-Winner in 3-2 Victory Over Pacific
Oct. 9, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
Cal State Fullerton senior Erin Shelton scored twice, including the game-winner in the 87th minute to help lift the host Titans to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over visiting Pacific on Sunday afternoon at Titan Stadium.
Fullerton improved to 10-3 overall with the win and moved to 2-1 in Big West Conference play. It is the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Titans have posted a double-digit win total. The Tigers fell to 7-6-1 overall, 0-3 in league play.
Shelton's game-winner came with just less than four minutes left on the clock as she took a ball from senior Rebekah Patrick, cut back inside the 18, and played her shot across to the far right post side netting for the final tally of the afternoon.
The goal was her second of the match after she gave the Titans a short-lived second-half advantage in the 62nd minute, scoring her first goal of the year off a pass from Sara Johnson that made it 2-1.
Pacific answered back 37 seconds later as Suzy Peterson connected on a free kick from Kelsey Nagel, heading it to the left post past Titan keeper Karen Bardsley to knot the match at 2-2 and set up Shelton's heroics.
Fullerton senior Lisa Kosena gave the Titans the early 1-0 lead in the 26th minute, rocketing a shot from 20 yards out after the Tigers failed to clear a corner kick.
Pacific tied the score six minutes later as Bunny Dickson took a pass from Carmen Padilla and beat Bardsley one-on-one, ricocheting her shot off the near post and in to tie the score at 1-1.
Bardsley earned her 27th career win in net despite not making a save. Jaime Souza made seven saves for the Tigers in the loss.
Cal State Fullerton outshot the Tigers, 21-5, for the match, including a 10-2 margin in shots on goal. Kosena, Shelton, and Kandace Wilson led all players with four shots apiece for the Titans.
Fullerton continues Big West Conference play next weekend as the Titans travel up the coast to face Cal Poly on Friday night (Oct. 14) at 7 p.m. in San Luis Obispo before taking on UC Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 16) at 1 p.m. in Santa Barbara.