Bulldogs Blank USF
Oct. 7, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's soccer team used a strong defensive effort to beat the University of San Francisco Dons 1-0 on Sunday at Bulldog Stadium. On Youth Soccer Day, the Bulldogs played in front of 3,334 fans, the third largest crowd in school history. The win ups the Bulldogs record to 5-5 while USF dropped to 0-8-3.
Fresno State was stellar all afternoon on the defensive end as they held USF to only six shots and one shot on goal. Kaity Revel earned the shut out but got lots of help from defenders Selena Gill, Aubrey Tennant, Andrea Alires and Bradlee DeShane. The six shot attempts was the second fewest the Bulldogs have allowed this season. In a 1-0 win over Northern Colorado, Fresno State allowed only four shots.
"I am really happy to get the win," Fresno State coach Steve Springthorpe said. "Our defense played much better than we have in the past. Our back line was more organized. I thought Selena Gill played great. She won a lot of balls in the air and was really aggressive defensively."
Fresno State out shot the Dons' 16-6 and had nine shots on goal. Alires and Ali Sill combined for nine of the Bulldogs 16 shots.
Fresno State tallied its only goal seconds before halftime off a corner kick taken by Alires. After the initial kick by Alires, Gill punched the ball near the goal where Sill put a foot on the ball into the back of net three seconds before intermission.
"Andrea served a great ball in the box off the corner," Springthorpe said. "We've worked hard in practice on set pieces, attacking and defending them."
The Bulldogs return to the field on Friday when they begin WAC play by hosting San Jose State at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" -The Fresno State Soccer team will celebrate Youth Soccer Day when they take on San Francisco in Bulldog Stadium on Sunday, October 7 at 2 p.m. After the game, the team will host a post game autograph session. Tickets are available at the Bulldog Ticket Office or by phone at 559-278-DOGS.