Oct. 6, 2002
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's soccer team earned its first win in five games by defeating the Cal State Fullerton Titans, 1-0, Sunday afternoon. The win improves the Aztecs' overall record to 3-6-1 on the season. With the victory, SDSU now boasts a winning record at home (3-2), having won three of its last four home games.
Sophomore defender Drew Picone knocked in the goal for the Aztecs at the 15:09 mark, Picone's first of the season. Blake Perry, also a sophomore, and freshman Raul Bautista were credited with the assists as Perry took the cornerkick for the Aztecs and Bautista headed the ball to Picone.
The Aztecs and Titans battled for possession of the ball for the remainder of the game. Both teams played aggressively, with SDSU racking up 31 fouls and CSF tallying 26, for a total of 57 fouls in the match. Although the Titans took nine more shots than the Aztecs, SDSU was able to capitalize on its shots on goal.
"This is an important victory for us because we're starting to get some of our injured bodies back and that will help us in our confidence, knowing we can beat quality programs," said head coach Lev Kirshner. "Now we have to start preparing for league. The healthy bodies are coming back and we've got to get ourselves organized and find a way to win in conference."
Up next for the Aztecs is a match at Santa Clara on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Conference action begins on Friday, Oct. 18 with a home game against UNLV.
SCORING SUMMARY SDSU - Drew Picone (Perry, Bautista) - 15:09