Sept. 5, 2008
FULLERTON, Calif. - Forwards Camilo Rojas, Cameron Sims and Moy Gomez each scored their first goal of the season against the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (0-3-0) earlier today in the opening game of the Cal State Fullerton Tournament.
Defenseman Robert Pate created the first scoring opportunity of the day for the Matadors (2-1-0) as his steal fueled the Matador counterattack that led Rojas scoring the first goal of the game.
"(Robert) Pate saw me as I made a deep run, and we made eye-to-eye contact before he passed the ball. It initially hit off the head of a defender, so when I did get the ball I wanted to take it to the near post for the shot." said Rojas.
"I just read the defense and acted accordingly" explained Pate. "After the red card I had more time to find my forwards. I just saw an opportunity and took advantage of it, sometimes that is all it takes."
Sunghyun Kim also took full advantage of the Roadrunner's lack of ball control as he forced the turnover that created the 1-on-1 opportunity that Cameron Sims took full advantage of for the second Matador goal of the game. Both goals came in the first half and were scored at the 18 and 30 minute mark respectively.
In the second half, forward Milan Radovic earned his first assist of the season as Moy Gomez took his pass to the left side of the goalie box and deftly placed a shot past the Roadrunner goalkeeper from a sharp angle.
The Matadors played another well-rounded game as they not only out-shot their opponents 13-8, but smothered the Roadrunners attack on defense as well as Matador goalkeeper Kevin Guppy only needed to make two saves throughout the entire game.
Adding to the Roadrunner's woes was the fact that they had to play a man down for a majority of the match as forward Ken Taylor's late tackle on Pate earned a red card only eight minutes into the game.
"It seemed to be a retaliation play where the opponent (Taylor) came in with his elbow high. The referee didn't make a call initially because we had the advantage, so he ended up raking my legs while I was on the ground after he tackled me, which the referee saw." explained Pate.
Up next for the Matadors are the Running Rebels of UNLV (3-0-0), a team the Matadors beat last season 1-0 in Las Vegas, and currently hold a four-game winning streak against.
"They (UNLV) are a quality match-up and should be a tough opponent" echoed Matador Head Coach Terry Davila.
Sunday's game against the UNLV Running Rebels will take place at 4:30 at Titan Field on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.