'Dogs drop home opener to No. 4/5 UCLA

Aug. 24, 2012

Final Stats

By Stephanie Juncker

FRESNO, Calif.--- Despite a hard fought defensive effort in front of the largest crowd since 2009, the Fresno State soccer team fell 2-0 to the No. 4/5 UCLA Bruins Friday evening at Bulldog Stadium.

Sophomore goalkeeper Katie DeVault led the defense Friday night as she recorded 12 saves against the Bruins potent offense, which tied the school record for saves in a single game.

The 'Dogs played tough defensively in the first half and were almost able to make it into half time with a game tied at nil. DeVault came up with two huge saves in the 37th minute when she was able to stop two strong scoring opportunities for the Bruins. UCLA was able to break the tie with just over six minutes remaining in the first half when Bruin defender Abby Dahlkemper put the ball in the back of the net and move UCLA ahead 1-0.

In the second half, UCLA was able to keep the 'Dogs on their heels with a strong offensive push. In the 58th minute Chelsea Cline put the Bruins up 2-0 after a strong cross in front of the goal by teammate Kylie McCarthy. The 'Dogs tried to push the ball forward towards the end of the second half, but were unable to put the past the Bruin goalie.

The 'Dogs return to game action on Sunday when they travel to face CSU Northridge at 1 p.m. at the Matador Soccer Field. The next home game for Fresno State will take place on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. against UC Riverside in Bulldog Stadium.

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