Sept. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Cal State L.A. Athletics

HAYWARD -- Cal State L.A.'s men's soccer team once again got some second-half offense Sunday to go along with its stingy defense.

The Golden Eagles scored a pair of second-half goals and recorded a 2-0 California Collegiate Athletic Association victory over Cal State East Bay Sunday at Pioneer Soccer Stadium. Cal State L.A. (3-0, 2-0-0 CCAA), ranked No. 2 in the nation, recorded its third straight shutout.

Cal State L.A. also waited until the second half to break a scoreless tie for the third straight game. The Golden Eagles have scored all six of their goals -- against Biola (1-0), UC San Diego (3-0) and Cal State East Bay -- in the second half.

Joe Davis scored his first goal of the season to put the Golden Eagles ahead for good. Gonzalo Pulgar added a goal with an assist from Anton Gunnarsson to put the game out of reach.

Cal State L.A. enjoyed a 28-6 advantage in shots and had 11 corner kicks to two for the Pioneers. James Irwin made three saves in goal for the Golden Eagles to post his third shutout of the season. The Cal State L.A. defense has allowed only eight shots on goal in the Golden Eagles' first three contests.

Patrick Gilbertson made 10 saves for Cal State East Bay (1-4, 0-2 CCAA).

Cal State L.A. was unable to break through in the first half, despite an 11-3 edge in shots. The Golden Eagles also had six of their 11 corner kicks in the opening frame.

The Golden Eagles finally got on the board in the 60th minute. Davis drilled a shot from about 20 yards out into the left corner of the net for the score. Chris Rangel picked up the assist.

The Golden Eagles made it 2-0 in the 83rd minute when Pulgar pounced on the rebound of a shot by Gunnarsson and knocked it home from about six yards out.

The Golden Eagles had a big 17-3 edge in shots in the second period.

Davis and Leandro Flores had five shots each for the Golden Eagles, while Pulgar and Julian Ringhof took four shots each.

Cal State L.A. will return to action next Friday with a home game against San Francisco State.