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Cal Poly Shut Out for First Time in Month, 4-0 on Road at Cal St. Fullerton

Cal Poly Shut Out for First Time in Month, 4-0 on Road at Cal St. Fullerton

FULLERTON, Calif. — The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team got out to a 2-0 first-half lead in Titan Stadium on Sunday afternoon and went on to win 4-0 against visiting Cal Poly, becoming the first Big West squad to go 2-0-0 in conference play in 2016.

Cal Poly, which was kept off the scoreboard for the first time in eight games, took its first attempt in the 14th minute, when sophomore Sydney Knauer shot wide.

Mustang freshman goalkeeper Sophia Brown saved a 26th-minute shot by Atlanta Primus, but the Titans, winners of the last three conference tournaments, broke through in the 27th. Maribell Morales provided the lead, striking a free kick from the left perimeter of the penalty area for a ricochet in off the far post.

CSF added the second in the 33rd minute, as Morales notched a brace off a back-heel assist from Sarah Fajnor by dribbling to the top of the box and aiming to the right corner.

Following a corner kick a little more than a minute into the second half, the Titans were awarded a penalty kick. Fajnor stepped to the spot and cashed in the opportunity to the left.

Cal Poly (6-6-1, 1-1-0), coming off a 2-1 victory over Hawai'i on Friday night, created a series of chances beginning in the 61st minute with a shot on goal by senior Nicole Wheeler that Morgan Bertsch batted out of bounds, leading to back-to-back corners for sophomore Stephanie Magellan.

Another corner (taken by freshman Jordan Patane) led to a shot from sophomore Caitlyn Kreutz that was blocked in the 66th minute. After Brown stopped a Johana Rosas shot (69'), Kreutz earned a penalty (76') with a takedown for the second consecutive game, but her PK sailed high.

The Titans (5-7-0) tallied the final margin in the 82nd minute on a breakaway with only Brown to beat for Nano Oronoz, who took advantage by slotting it to the right.

Mustang sophomore Chelsea Barry forced another save by Bertsch in the 83rd minute before also hitting the crossbar (after which the ball nearly fell in over the line) a little more than a minute from full time.

The Mustangs will have another home-and-away week ahead, first traveling to Long Beach State (4-5-2, 0-0-1) for a 6 p.m. kickoff Thursday on Allen Field before returning to Alex G. Spanos Stadium to host CSUN (5-2-5, 0-0-1) at 12 noon Sunday.