Aug. 25, 2006
(Fresno, CA) - In the season opener for both teams, Fresno State capitalized on their chances as they took a 2-0 victory over San Francisco. The Bulldogs (1-0) and the Dons (0-1) were even with 13 shots and eight shots on goal in the contest.
Bulldog junior forward Andrea Salvador got the scoring started for Fresno State at 36:57 with an unassisted goal off of a rebound from the hands of USF sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Pohle. The insurance goal came in the 77th minute off the foot of senior forward Cortney Sobrero. After assists from sophomore midfielder Yvette Flores and junior defender Christina Gilbert, Sobrero scooted the ball through the right side of the goal.
Don junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan showed her aggressiveness, leading the game with four shots on goal and seven total. Her closest scoring chance came at the 74 minute mark when she headed the ball, narrowly missing the net but hitting the crossbar. Four other Dons had shots on the night, freshman forward Kristina Hall and freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie each had two shots, with freshman forward Samantha Brand and sophomore defender Jessica Duty adding one a piece. Pohle had six saves on the night.
Head coach Pamela Kalinoski saw a lot of positives in the loss. "We played pretty evenly throughout the game; they just finished on their chances. But we came away with a lot of good things to build on and we'll get back to work to prepare for Sunday's game. It really was a great first effort."
USF returns to action on Sunday, hosting non-conference foe UC Davis at Negoesco Stadium. The Dons first home game of the season starts at 1:00 PM and is followed by a 7:00 PM men's match versus Stanford.