Oct. 7, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's soccer team took their fifth match into overtime this season against CSU Bakersfield. After 110 minutes the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Senior Chrissy Smith recorded her first shutout of the season and the team's third of the year. The Bulldogs are 4-6-2 and 0-1 in WAC play.
"We defended very well and did very well in transition periods," said head coach Brian Zwaschka. "We stripped the ball well from CSUB and put their attack into positions where they weren't comfortable. They had a lot of shots, but we were forcing poor shots. It was a great team effort and we shored up a lot on the defensive end. I liked that we weren't strictly a defending team and our transition to offense caused them problems. Unfortunately, we weren't able to convert those attacks into goals."
The Roadrunners won the third annual Valley Cup on penalty kicks 3-1. CSUB won the first Valley Cup in 2008 and the `Dogs won it for the first time last season.
"I think the Valley Cup is a good thing for our schools to have and play for," said Zwaschka. "It's disappointing to lose in penalty kicks, but hopefully the experience will help in post season, if we see penalty kicks again. We are looking forward to winning back the cup next year."
Smith recorded four saves against the Roadrunners in the second half of the match and overtime periods.
Kendall VanDine led the offensive attack with six shots. The team had a total of 10 shots on the night. CSUB outshot the `Dogs 17-10. Also contributing shots for the Bulldogs were Alex Jensen, Bradlee DeShane and Katie Lee.
"We used this game to make sure that our players were healthy," said Zwaschka. "It was a competitive game and with the rivalry it had an intense atmosphere. We were able to keep our composure and its good preparation for what WAC road games will be like."
The `Dogs jump back into WAC play this weekend against Hawai'i on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs head to CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 7 to defend their Valley Cup title and play their last non-conference match of the year. The `Dogs return home on Oct. 10 as they host Hawai'i at 1 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium. Join the `Dogs in celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Fresno State. The first 100 fans will receive special edition Centennial pins and ice cream from Fresno State Dairy Processing Plant will be given out while supplies last.
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