Nov 15, 2019
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Fresno State's defender Robyn McCarthy (left) and midfielder Sydni Lunt (right) embrace in celebration after Lunt's goal during a match against UC Riverside at the Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Jorge Rodriguez/The Collegian)

Second half goal gives Bulldogs win

The Fresno State women’s soccer team was not going to let one loss hold it down.

The Bulldogs bounced back from their 3-0 loss against UC Santa Barbara with a win against the UC Riverside Highlanders Sunday afternoon. The ‘Dogs’ record heading into conference play is now 4-2-1.

The first half of the game against the Highlanders was an even bout between the two teams. Each team would attempt a shot on goal but then would be matched with a save from the goalie.

The only stat differential from the first half would be the Highlanders having one more corner kick than the Bulldogs. By the time they reached halftime, the Bulldogs and the Highlanders were at a standstill with the score being 0-0.

The second half was a different story compared to the first. Both teams came back more aggressive, however, the Bulldogs were the ones able to use their aggression and convert it into what would be the only score.

That lone score of the game would come from Fresno State forward Sydney Lunt, with an assist from Robyn McCarthy, with 34 minutes left in the second half. This goal was Lunt’s first goal of the season. 

Lunt stated that she wasn’t sure if the ball was going in or not off of McCarthy’s header but once she saw the ball pop out, she took advantage. 

“This was a must-win game,” Lunt said. “We couldn’t let this one go past us.”

Both the Highlanders and the Bulldogs had seven shots on offense, as well as three saves from each of their goalies. UC Riverside walked away from the game with eight corner kicks, as well as the only two yellow cards in the game.

Riverside’s best opportunity came as the second half was coming to a close. The pressure was on for the Bulldogs’ defense as the Highlanders had three straight corner kicks. The defense answered the call and managed to stop any shots.

Fresno State head coach Brian Zwaschka was proud of the team’s effort on Sunday, especially after the “disappointing trip to Santa Barbara.” Zwaschka said he wanted to make sure the team was going to improve upon their skills so they can be prepared for the beginning of conference play this upcoming weekend. 

“Today was about making sure that we shore up some things that we’ve been working on and some mistakes that we made over the last couple of games, and I think we did a good job,” said Zwaschka.

The Bulldogs bounced back from their 3-0 loss against UC Santa Barbara with a 1-0 win against the UC Riverside Highlanders Sunday afternoon. The ‘Dogs’ record heading into conference play is now 4-2-1.

The first half of the game against the Highlanders was an even match between the two teams. Each team would attempt a shot on goal but then would be matched with a save from the goalie. 

The only stat differential from the first half would be the Highlanders having one more corner kick than the Bulldogs. By the time they reached halftime, the Bulldogs and the Highlanders were at a standstill with the score being 0-0.

The second half was a different story compared to the first. Both teams came back more aggressive, however, the Bulldogs were the ones able to use their aggression and convert it into what would be the only score.

That lone score of the game would come from Fresno State’s forward Sydney Lunt. Robyn McCarthy would gain an assist for Lunt’s goal with 34 minutes left in the second half. This goal was Lunt’s first goal of the season. 

Lunt stated that she wasn’t sure that the ball was going in or not off McCarthy’s header but once she saw the ball pop out, she took advantage. Lunt also said that the game was a “must win” following their loss against Santa Barbra.

“This was a must-win game,” Lunt said. “We couldn’t let this one go past us.”

Both the Highlanders and the Bulldogs had seven shots on offense as well as three saves from each of their goalies. UC Riverside walked away from the game with eight corner kicks, as well as the only two yellow cards in the game.

Riverside’s best opportunity came as the second half was coming to a close. The pressure was on for the Bulldogs’ defense as the Highlanders had three straight corner kicks. The defense answered the call and managed to stop any shots to the net.

Head coach Brian Zwaschka was proud of the team’s effort on Sunday, especially after the “disappointing trip to Santa Barbra.” Zwaschka said he wanted to make sure the team was going to improve upon their skills so they can be prepared for the beginning of conference play this upcoming weekend. 

“Today was about making sure that we shore up some things that we’ve been working on and some mistakes that we made over the last couple of games, and I think we did a good job,” said Zwaschka.

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