Women's soccer squad stalls against Cal State East Bay
Conference game ends in 0-0 tie
September 16, 2009 12:07 PM
Less than 24 hours after returning from San Diego, the Gators battled Cal State East Bay to a scoreless draw in Hayward on Sept. 13. The women's soccer team now stands in a three-way tie for first in its division.
The Gators earned four points this weekend in their first two conference matches of the season, starting with a shutout against UCSD in a 1-0 win on Friday. Despite being noticeably tired from their less than forgiving travel schedule, the Gators maintained their clean-sheet-weekend against the CSUEB Pioneers -- their second away match in 48 hours.
"We were tired from the trip, but I'm pleased with the weekend's results," said Women's Soccer Head Coach Jack Hyde.
The visiting Gators were out-shot 12-7 with only two shots on goal. The Pioneers' five shots on goal tested freshman Annicia Jones who recorded her first collegiate shutout.
Junior Carly Bliss credited their opponent with a solid performance. "They were less technical but more physical than USCD," Bliss said.
Sunday's match went into two 10-minute halves of overtime before the final whistle confirmed the stalemate.
Despite their slightly sluggish performance on Sunday, the Gators grabbed four important points on the weekend -- three from their win on Friday and one from Sunday's draw. The Gators are now in a three-way tie for first in the CCAA North along with Chico State and Sonoma State.
"It was difficult going from San Diego to Hayward, but we ended up with four important points" said junior Myriah Johnson.
Despite not having started in any of the Gators' six matches this season, freshman Katie Voss has played an important role leading the team with four goals, three being game-winning. Her goal against UCSD on Friday also saw Johnson record her fourth assist of the season.
"Four points is four points," Bliss said in summary of the weekend.
This Friday, the Gators will take on CSU Dominguez Hills at 3 p.m. It will be the first of two home games before the team goes four straight on the road.
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