Nizzoli Fires Four Shots in Home Opener
Aug. 23, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's soccer team out shot Long Beach State 14-10 in the first home game of the 2010 season, but the 49ers won the match 1-0. The Bulldogs are 0-2 so far this season.
"Long Beach State is very good at set pieces, they out matched us in size and, unfortunately, they managed to get a girl in the corner for a set piece," said head coach Brian Zwaschka. "They created the kind of commotion they are good at and found a way to get the goal before we did."
Early in the game, the play was confined to the middle of field as both teams battled to take control of the ball.
Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Revel made a huge diving leap for a save to keep the score tied at zero heading to half time.
In the second half, the `Dogs continued to pressure Long Beach State's goal with several close attempts. Sophomore Callie Hancock had two attempts barely miss the back of the net, while Claudia Cardenas added another close call for the Bulldogs.
Junior Molly Nizzoli led the team with four shots on the night and two of her shots were on goal. Revel ended the night with two saves.
Fresno State's defense held the 49ers scoreless for 89 minutes.
"We have a defense that is getting better every day," said Zwaschka. "They have addressed some things we have been looking at. Today, they shored up everything we've been working on, so I am really proud of them."
With a minute left in the game Long Beach State scored taking a 1-0 lead. Jazz Strozier took a shot after a 49er corner kick, which was deflected by Revel. Nadia Link followed the ball and was able to score on the rebound.
"Obviously, it is extremely disappointing to go down that late," said Zwaschka. "We dominated the possession, dominated the passing movement and had some really great chances to take the win. Unfortunately, were weren't able to get the points, but the team played really well and did everything we asked of them."
The Bulldogs head to the lone star state this weekend for the Miner Classic hosted by UTEP. The `Dogs play UTEP on Aug. 27 and Texas State on Aug. 29.
"We Are Your Team" The `Dogs hit the road for the Miner Classic at UTEP Aug. 27-29 and the FIU Tournament Sept. 3-5. The Bulldogs return home on Sept. 12 and play the Aggies of UC Davis. Admission to all soccer games are free for everyone.