Sept. 10, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - San Francisco women's soccer played tough defense against No. 24 Long Beach State, falling late 1-0. The Dons (2-4) took second place in the four team City by the Bay Classic, going 1-1, while the 49ers (5-1) took the top spot with two wins at Negoesco Stadium.
Long Beach freshman defender Sarah Strohl found the net in the 83rd minute, heading the ball into the upper left hand corner off sophomore midfielder Kim Silos' corner. That would be all the 49ers would need as both teams played outstanding defense, keeping opposing offenses on the run. LBSU held small advantages in shots (11-10) and corner kicks (7-5). Dons sophomore goalie Kelly Pohle had five saves on the day.
Dons head coach Pamela Kalinoski commended her team on its defense. "It was definitely a hard fought battle today. We didn't convert on our chances and that was the difference. But our defense played aggressive and kept a top 25 team out of the net nearly the whole game. A game like this will prepare us for our upcoming matches with top ranked teams. We are improving our play every day and the girls demonstrated they can play with these top teams."
In the early match of the day, CS Northridge took a 2-1 victory over Utah State.
USF resumes action in the Hawai'i tournament this weekend in Honolulu. The Dons take on Cornell on Saturday and Hawai'i on Sunday. Times are TBA.