Soccer Ties School Record With 34 Shots; Earns 3-2 Overtime Win
FRESNO, Calif.- Fresno State matched a school-record with 34 shot attempts but needed an overtime goal from Cortney Sobrero to record a 3-2 victory over Sam Houston State on Sunday afternoon at the UNLV adidas Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
Sobrero's goal came just 44 seconds into the first overtime period, as she tapped in a cross from Kortney Lewis from three yards out. Sobrero ripped off a career-best 12 shots in the match, seven of which were on goal. Fresno State, which held a 34-10 edge in shot attempts with 18 coming on goal, previously recorded 34 shots during a 7-1 rout of San Jose State back on Oct. 10, 2003.
Fresno State (3-5) has now won back-to-back games since a four-game losing skid. Sam Houston State drops to 0-7 on the year. The Bulldogs, who defeated host UNLV 1-0 on Friday night in the opening round of the tournament, were the only team in the field to win both games.
"This was a hard-fought battle today," said head coach Steve Springthorpe. "I thought we were creative on offense but we struggled finishing our chances. They stuck with it though and we played composed late in the game, doing enough to earn the win."
Facing a winless Bearkats squad, the Bulldogs dominated the offensive attack throughout the contest. Fresno State took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when Lewis, who finished with a season-high six shots, blasted a shot past SHSU keeper Melissa Sauceda following an assist from Koleen Anderson.
With the Bulldogs leading 1-0 at intermission, the scoring picked up quickly. Anderson found the net for Fresno State at the 55:32 mark, scoring off a shot from eight yards out following a cross from Sobrero. However, Sam Houston State sandwiched goals around Anderson's score and the game was tied at 2-2 heading into the 60th minute of regulation. Despite numerous attempts to score late in the contest, Fresno State was unable to convert the game-winner.
That all changed in the first minute of overtime, when Lewis passed to Sobrero, who then knocked in the golden goal for a 3-2 Bulldog victory.
Jeannette Paine came away with the win between the posts, making two saves to improve her record to 2-3 overall. Sam Houston State's Sauceda was busy all day, fending off Bulldog scoring attempts left and right while making 15 saves.
Fresno State has just one match on the schedule this week, as it returns home to face Long Beach State on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium. Fresno State will be looking for its first home win in three tries.