'Dogs Edged by No. 23 Santa Clara in OT
Aug 31, 2013
By Kasandra Martinson
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State soccer team pushed No. 23 Santa Clara into overtime play in front of an amazing Redwave crowd in Bulldog stadium on Saturday night. After recording 12 saves during the first 96 minutes, the 'Dogs lost to the Broncos 1-0 in sixth minute of overtime play.
"I'm really proud of the team, every single player that is healthy and available contributed today," said Fresno State coach Brian Zwaschka. "The fact that everyone helped out, and we didn't drop a beat off the bench is awesome."
The Bulldogs' defense stepped up in the first half, shutting down the Broncos 10 shots. Junior goalkeeper Katie DeVault recorded four saves in the first 45 minutes of play. DeVault now sits just two saves off of the third all-time record.
After battling back and forth during the first half of play, the score was tied up 0-0 going into half.
Redshirt freshmen Alyssa Wilson recorded her first minutes in a Bulldog uniform starting the second half as goalkeeper. Wilson was able to save eight of the Broncos' 15 shots in the second half.
Senior Lauren Lindstrom led the Bulldogs into the second half, recording four shots on goal.
Fresno State was able to hold Santa Clara scoreless through regulation, sending the game into overtime.
After a five minute intermission, ten minutes were put on the clock. With a golden goal from Julie Johnston, Santa Clara was the first to score in the 6th minute of overtime to secure the 1-0 victory.
"I think we proved a lot to ourselves tonight, when we executed the things we have been working on we did really well," said Zwaschka. "We battled to win, we know that we can play, so this game certainly proved a lot to us."
With an attendance of 4,328, the Redwave helped record the largest attendance at a Fresno State women's soccer game.
"We definitely fed off of it and we hope it continues, hopefully we gave the fans the show that they wanted with the effort of the players. We tried our best to play for them against a top team," said Zwaschka. "The idea that 4,328 fans can sound like 9000 or more is awesome, we were really impressed, we hope they support us all season,"
The 'Dogs (0-3) kick off their three-game road steak at Gonzaga next Friday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. PT. The next chance to watch the Bulldogs at home is Sept. 15 at 1 p.m., when Fresno State hosts Cal State Northridge.
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