Oct. 17, 2008
RUSTON -- Fresno State's Nicole Gutierrez scored with 1:19 to play in the second overtime to hand Louisiana Tech a heartbreaking loss as the Bulldogs downed the Lady Techsters 1-0 at Ruston Junior High School Friday night.
Gutierrez's goal came when teammate Molly Nizzoli sent the ball towards the goal among a mass of players. Tech goalkeeper Cat Buchanan came out of net and the ball was deflected by her and Gutierrez punched it home for the win.
"I'm just so sad for our players," said Tech head coach Kevin Sherry. "I've seen it all before as long as I've been around. We worked so hard against a team of that quality and to lose that way is tough. We have to learn from it.
"We had our chance to clear the ball, but our kids watched and expected someone else to do it. Fresno State is one of the best teams in the Western Athletic Conference."
With the loss, Tech fell to 10-3-3 on the season and 0-1-2 in conference play while Fresno State improved to 6-7-2 overall and 2-0-1 in league action.
Fresno State controlled possession in the first 45 minutes of the game, but Buchanan made six saves to keep the game scoreless.
Tech's best scoring chance game in the 72nd minute of the game when Scotti Culton sent a ball high towards the cross bar from 40 yards out but Fresno State keeper Kaitlyn Revel leaped high and tipped it over the cross bar to keep the game scoreless.
The Bulldogs had a couple of opportunities in the second half but Buchanan and Co. came up big to force the extra periods.
Neither team mounted much of an offensive attack in the first overtime and the second period appeared to be headed in that same direction until Gutierrez's heroics.
Fresno State outshot Tech 20-5 in the game.
Buchanan ended up with nine saves in the game for Tech while Revel registered four.