In its seniors’ last night under the lights of Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer defeated the University of Hawaii 3-0.
“Our conference is amazing in the quality and competition of the teams,” said Titans Head Coach Demian Brown. “I think these three points … Can put us in a really good position not just putting us into the conference tournament, but hopefully to win our conference.”
Before the game, the team’s nine seniors were honored on the field with their parents beside them as part of senior night, and after the ceremony concluded, they controlled the pace from kickoff.
Ten minutes in, senior forward Maribell Morales found the back of the net off an Atlanta Primus assist from a Tala Haddad corner. This marked the second goal of the season for Morales, the first coming against Grand Canyon University in September.
Fittingly, Morales wasn’t the only senior to score in the first half. Tala Haddad played the ball to Kaycee Hoover, who tucked it away in the top-right corner in the 23rd minute.
“It definitely meant the world to me,” Hoover said. “Being in that moment and having so many moments like that over the season and over the years, but tonight it meant so much more.”
The Titans finished the first half with nine shots, while Hawaii couldn’t even get off one.
The Titans stayed on the offensive side of the ball as the second half ensued. After six second-half shots, Primus finally converted thanks to a through ball from Samantha McKenna.
.@CSUFWomenSoccer Senior Night memories:
10' Maribell Morales via Atlanta Primus
22' Kaycee Hoover via Haddad/Fajnor
73' Primus via McKenna pic.twitter.com/WkzMePocNw
— Big West W-Soccer (@BigWestWSOC) October 27, 2017
The Titans ended the game with 22 shots, 13 of which were on goal, while holding Hawaii to just two shots in the match, allowing goalie Morgan Bertsch to record her ninth shutout of the season.
“I think we needed this for ourselves,” Hoover said. “I think this win definitely gives us a good spot to where we go into Sunday with a lot of confidence and momentum.”
The Titans travel to UC Irvine Sunday to wrap up conference play, and a win against the Anteaters would grant the Titans a bid in the Big West Tournament.
“I think a big part of this game is that it’s a fantastic confidence builder,” Brown said. “We will look to use this as momentum to propel us into Sunday.”