Women's Soccer Shuts Down Hawai'i in 2-0 Victory
Oct. 22, 2004
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's soccer team played tenacious defense against an offensive-minded Hawai'i squad and the Bulldogs controlled the match from the first touch as they went on to post a 2-0 Western Athletic Conference victory at Bulldog Stadium.
Recording their second shutout victory of the year, the 'Dogs smothered forward Natasha Kai, UH's top scorer and the league's two-time WAC Player of the Year, as she had one shot on goal.
While Fresno State evened its record to 4-4-1 against the Rainbow Wahine, the Bulldogs notched an upset victory as well against Hawai'i (11-5-2, 4-3-0 WAC), which entered the week ranked No. 13 in the latest Soccer Buzz West Region Rankings (Oct. 18).
It was 'Dogs underclassmen who supplied the fire power tonight. Assisted by sophomore forward Cortney Sobrero, freshman forward Andrea Alires put Fresno State on the board first. While Sobrero took the first shot on goal, Alires was in the right spot at the right time and chipped in a shot over UH goal keeper's head Erin Chow with just over 10 minutes left in the first period.
In the second half, junior defender Barbara Davis and Sobrero assisted rookie midfielder/forward Antonea Lugo at the 65:21 mark. Taking a feed down the left side of the field, Davis marked a cross pass to Sobrero who fed a soft touch to Lugo as she tallied her first goal as a Bulldog.
Improving to 5-7-3 overall and 2-2-2 in the WAC, Fresno State very much keeps its bid alive to advance to the WAC Soccer Tournament in Honolulu on Nov. 4.
"Hawai'i is a great team and they have a lot of class," said first-year head coach Steve Springthorpe, who saw his Bulldogs finish with a 4-1-2 mark at home. "We responded after last weekend's loss. All the credit goes to these ladies.
"Everyone did their job," Springthorpe stated. "It was an all around great team effort. We wanted to send our seniors out with a win. I couldn't be happier with how we played tonight.
"For us, it was a must win game," Springthorpe added. "This game puts us back in competition for the WAC Tournament. Defense was key and Heather (Young) was not only stable in the back but defended hard against one the league's top scorers."
Fresno State continues its quest for postseason play when it closes out its year on the road at Tulsa on Oct. 29 and Rice on Oct. 31. The Bulldogs will look to be one of six squads to advanced to the WAC Tournament next month.