By Cesar Gonzalez
Daily Titan Staff Writer
The Cal State Fullerton men’s soccer team came away with a 1-0 victory against the UC Davis Aggies Saturday night at Titan Stadium.
The Titans’ goal came in the 16th minute of the second half, courtesy of sophomore forward Nick Posthuma, who received a long pass from about the left side a couple yards past midfield into Aggies’ territory from redshirt freshman midfielder John Meza and quickly beat a defender and then beat Aggie junior goalkeeper Ryan Mccowan far post.
After the first half, both teams had chances to open up the scoring in the game, but the Titans were the only team to convert. This was the second goal of the season for Posthuma.
“It feels good tonight especially because we needed this result; our coach talked to us about it being an NCAA atmosphere, so it felt special,” Posthuma said.
Head Coach Bob Ammann was extremely proud of the men’s performance.
“We were put up in a situation that we haven’t had in an entire season, being up a goal; having to go a man down really tested our character,” Ammann said. “I’m extremely proud of how the team was able to finish the game off tonight.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Trevor Whiddon enjoyed a strong performance in goal posting his first shutout of the season.
“I thought I did what we had to do. I am in there to save shots, and I did what I was supposed to do,” Whiddon said. “I felt that we took control of the first half; they were all over us in the second half, and we had good team chemistry.”
Whiddon felt that they fought through all 90 minutes that they played.
The Aggies closest chance to score was inside the 18-yard box when sophomore midfielder Rene Cuellar had a shot to score a goal off a cornerkick but was denied by Whiddon. On the rebound, junior midfielder Jason Santos ended up with the ball and took a clear blank shot, but again Whiddon came in with a big save to keep the Aggies from tying the game.
The Titans outshot the Aggies in the first half 6-5 but could not complete scoring chances early in the game, to try to put the pressure on the visiting team and try to surprise the Aggies and add on to their 1-0 lead.
In the second half, the Titans were looking to get an early goal to have the Aggies back on their heels.
The closest scoring chance the Titans had was when redshirt sophomore midfielder Oscar Aguero was on the left side of the field and crossed the ball into the box where sophomore midfielder Kevin Venegas took a half volley, but the shot was wide of the net.
Another opportunity they had to score was when junior midfielder Celso Alvarez dribbled past a defender and took a shot but was also wide of the net. A turning point of the game was in the 63rd minute when redshirt freshman Jonathan Birt took down an Aggie and was given an automatic red card.
The Aggies weren’t able to capitalize; being one man up the whole game, they had trouble trying to break through the Titan defense. The Titans ended up outshooting the Aggies 10-8, and Whiddon posted his first shootout of the season. The game ended 1-0 as the Titans ended up with there second win in the Big West Conference. The Titans look to improve their record when they travel to UC Riverside for their next league game on Wednesday at 7 p.m.