Oct. 21, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Only 1:28 passed before the Fresno State women's soccer team scored against Western Athletic Conference rival Louisiana Tech Friday night. The Bulldogs cruised to a 2-0 win for their eighth shutout of the year. They have not given up a goal to the Lady Techsters in the history of the program.
"I think that the team is really feeling good about bouncing back from our blip at Hawaii with this game leading into our final home game," said Head Coach Brian Zwaschka. "I think we proved that we can get back on track."
Senior Molly Nizzoli tied the single-season assists record after inserting the ball to sophomore Lauren Lindstrom on a corner kick. Lindstrom headed in her third goal of the year to give the 'Dogs the 1-0 lead less than a minute and half into the contest.
The score remained the same through the break, with the 'Dogs out shooting Louisiana Tech 14-4, 7-4 on goal.
With less than a minute remaining in the match, junior Callie Hancock broke away down the right sideline. After turning the corner on her defender, she forced sophomore goalkeeper Caitlyn Updyke to make a move and chipped the ball in over her arms for her ninth goal of the year.
Freshman Katie DeVault finished with a career-high 12 saves.
The match marked the final night game inside Bulldog Stadium for the women's soccer team as the final preparations for the new Soccer and Lacrosse Field are being made for the WAC tournament (Nov. 3-4 & 6).
"We've managed to put together a good home record, one we are very proud of," said Zwaschka. "We of course want to continue to defend."
Fresno State (9-4-3) closes out its home schedule this Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. against the New Mexico State Aggies. The Bulldogs are 0-2 against New Mexico State all-time. As the final home match of the 2011 season, Fresno State will also honor seniors Kendall VanDine, Rachel Pickett, Laura Dodd, and Nizzoli in a pregame ceremony.
"We Are Your Team!" Come celebrate Fresno State soccer's last match in Bulldog Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. It is also the day we say goodbye to four amazing seniors and give away $300 to the Bulldog shop. You don't want to miss this historic day. And as always, admission is FREE for all ages. You can stay connected with Fresno State Athletics on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).
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