Oct. 21, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. – Sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke (Broomfield, Colo.) set a career-high with 11 saves as the Louisiana Tech soccer team fell 2-0 to Fresno State Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
“I am very proud of our team today,” said head coach Kevin Sherry. “They gave absolutely everything they had.”
The Lady Techsters fall to 8-6-4 on the season and 1-4 in Western Athletic Conference action. Fresno improved to 9-4-3 overall and 3-1 in conference.
The Bulldogs first score came when Laura Dodd headed in a corner kick from Molly Nizzoli in the 2nd minute.
In the 90th minute, Fresno’s Callie Hancock dribbled a through ball past a Lady Techster defender and chipped a shot over Updyke near the right post for a 2-0 advantage.
“We matched up for 89 minutes and had chances to get something from the game,” Sherry said. “We pushed hard at the end to tie it up by pushing players for forward and got caught on a counter attack in the last minute.”
Updyke’s 11 saves is tied for the seventh most in a game in program history. She now has 68 stops on the year which ties her for the fifth highest-total in a year with former Lady Techster Tara Gavlak.
Tech was outshot 25-14 with senior Scotti Culton (Waterloo, Ill.) and sophomore Emily Brennan (Plano, Texas) recording three shots apiece. Brennan also lead the team with three shots on goal while sophomore Taylor Dennis (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Culton both put two shots on goal.
The Bulldogs were paced by Vanessa Gonzalez and Dodd with five shots apiece with Gonzalez and Hancock putting three shots on goal.
In goal, Katie DeVault stopped 12 shots, eight of them in the second half.
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