'Dogs Dominate Roadrunners
Sept. 21, 2012
By Stephanie Juncker
By Stephanie Juncker
FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State soccer team rolled 3-0 over CSU Bakersfield Friday night under the lights in Bulldog Stadium to capture the Valley Cup. The Red Wave can catch the 'Dogs back in action on Sunday at 1 pm in Bulldog Stadium when they take on Cal Poly.
"It was absolutely a team effort today," said head coach Brian Zwaschka. "We used a lot of players and everyone who came on did their best to not let the level go down. We really enjoyed the idea that all of the stuff that we have been working on came to fruition in this match and I'm pleased for the girls because they deserved to finally get the reward for all of the hard work that we've been doing. To put 90 minutes together was awesome."
The 'Dogs got off to a fast start thanks to junior defender Kayla Kret who was thinking smart by getting her head on the head of a corner kick from teammate Nadia Pearl and scoring the first goal of the night for the Bulldogs. Kret's goal, her first of the season, came in the third minute which is the quickest goal for Fresno State in 2012.
The 'Dogs fared well on offense in the first half, recording 10 shots and one corner kick. Fresno State controlled the ball for much of the game and a little over half way through the first half, the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, senior Callie Hancock, found herself on a the end of a beautifully set up ball from teammates Megan Mossman and Rianna Cota. Hancock was able to beat the goalie and put the ball in the back of the net with 17 minutes remaining to put the Bulldogs up 2-0.
"We are always going to do our best to compete with anybody," Zwaschka said after the win. "Today it was really good to see us put 90 minutes together. Bakersfield caused us a few problems, but I thought we showed some maturity and dealt with those problems."
Coming out of the half, the 'Dogs did not relinquish any of the offensive pressure that they showed in the first 45 minutes. In the second half, the Bulldogs recorded 12 shots, which is the most in any half this season.
A little over four minutes after entering the game from the bench, junior Tara Boynton notched her first goal of the season. Boynton received a cross from the right side from Shonice Myers, which slipped past two defenders, giving Boynton plenty of time to set up and blast the ball past the keeper in the right corner.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie DeVault, who led the Mountain West in saves prior to tonight's contest, recorded eight saves and the first shutout of the season for the Bulldogs and eighth in her career.
"We know this is all preparation for conference and we of course want it to continue," Zwaschka said. "We know we have to earn wins and that's been the message."
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