Tuesday, September 27, 2005
GSAC opener - Golden goal sinks Sunbirds
Heather Hutton's golden goal with less than a minute remaining in the second overtime period lifted the visiting Vanguard University Lions to a 1-0 win over the Sunbirds tonight at Steinert Field.
It was the Golden State Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
The game was scoreless until Hutton picked up the ball deep in FPU territory, dribbled about 15 yards, beat two defenders, and fired a low hard shot from her left to the far right post past Audra Carter in the FPU goal.
Time of the goal was 1:09.03.
Carter was credited with 10 saves as the Lions out-shot the Sunbirds 14-5.
Kelsey Bowman (4 saves in 45 minutes) and Marissa Welliver (0 saves in 64:03 minutes) combined for the shutout in the Lions goal.
"I have nothing but good things to say about Carter," said FPU head catch Jaime Ramirez of his senior goalkeeper. "She made some outstanding plays. She kept us in it."
The win lifted the Lions record to 6-2-0.
The Sunbirds, now 4-3-0 overall and 0-1-0 in GSAC play, will be in Riverside this Saturday to face California Baptist.
Vanguard: 6-2-0, 1-0-0
Sunbirds: 4-3-0, 0-1-1
Updated Series Record
Vanguard lead the series 4-1-0
Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities master's category by U.S. News & World Report.