Sept. 23, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team lost a heartbreaker at Cal State Fullerton on Sunday evening, 2-1 in overtime at Titan Stadium. The Toreros got a goal from Dan Delgado in the 85th minute to force overtime, but Cal State Fullerton captured the victory with Jesse Escalante's goal in the 96th minute.
USD (2-5-0) held an 18-16 edge in shots in a heated game that featured a total of eight yellow cards- four from each team. The Toreros kept pressure on Fullerton keeper Adam Zepeda with a season high 10 shots on goal. Patrick Wallen led all players with six shots, including four on goal, while Delgado added four shots of his own and two shots on goal.
The Titans (4-6-0) got on the board with a goal in the 22nd minute from Gerzon Blanco where he found a hole through a crowded goal box and connected in the right side of the net.
Fullerton held that 1-0 lead until Delgado was taken down by a Titan defender in the goal box in the final minutes of regulation, setting up a penalty kick that Delgado converted to tie the game at 1-1 and give him his first goal of the season.
Fullerton recorded the only two shots of the overtime period, including the game-winner from Escalante six minutes into the extra frame as he beat USD keeper Michael D'Arrigo to a loose ball and curled the shot in to the left side of the net.
D'Arrigo (2-5-0) tallied three saves on the night, while Zepeda had nine saves in the contest.
The Toreros return to action on Sept. 28 when they travel to Santa Clara for their WCC opener and a 7:00 pm kickoff.