Falcons Fall to Fullerton, 2-0

    Senior Matt Underwood
    Senior Matt Underwood

    Sept. 21, 2012

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    Cal State Fullerton's Anthony Rosales and Jesse Escalante each found the back of the net and the Titans' defense teamed up for its first shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over Air Force Thursday night at Titan Stadium. The Titans improved to 3-6 overall on the season, while Air Force fell to 3-4-1.

    Air Force had the first two solid chances of the match as Kevin Durr's rocket from the top of the box off a pass from Zane Dydasco clanged off the left post in the sixth minute and Dydasco's chance in the 14th minute off a turnover scooted just wide.

    With time running down in the first half, Rosales who put Fullerton on the board first, converting on a header off a corner from Mario Alvarez for the 1-0 lead with just eight seconds remaining in the half. Escalante added an insurance goal in the 78th minute, blasting home a rebound of a shot by Julian Okai over an outstretched Matt Underwood in net for the 2-0 lead.

    Fullerton outshot Air Force, 19-11, for the match, putting seven on frame. Mark Vasquez and Ian Ramos, who had an attempt smothered from close-in to start the second half, each had three shots to pace the Titans while Dydasco finished with four shots to pace the Falcons.

    Junior goalkeeper Robbie Hannon, playing in place of redshirt freshman Adam Zepeda after a red card against Syracuse on Sept. 16, posted his first shutout as a Titan, finishing with four saves on the night while Underwood was credited with five saves for Air Force.

    The Falcons continue their West Coast swing on Saturday, Sept. 22 against CSU Northridge at 7 p.m. (PT).

     

     

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