Seasiders tie Sunbirds in defensive battle

Seasiders tie Sunbirds in defensive battle

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's soccer battled to a 0-0 draw against Fresno Pacific on Saturday at BYU-Hawaii Soccer Field.

The game was a physical battle by both defenses resulting in 38 fouls and six yellow cards in the game. BYU-Hawaii (1-4-2, 1-1-1 PacWest) finished with four shots on goal, while Fresno Pacific (4-3-1, 2-1-1 PacWest) had three on frame.

BYU-Hawaii took two shots in the second overtime period. Jessica Smith had the best chance to break the tie in the 105th from the top of the box, but her shot went just over the crossbar.

Fresno Pacific's Hannah Strong started off the game with a shot on target in the 15th minute, but came short as Kelsey East (1-1-1) was able to secure the ball. The Sunbird's Amber Rodriquez crossed the ball in to Jenna Thomason to try East again in the 31st minute, but East again made the save to keep the game scoreless.

BYU-Hawaii's Kate Gurney had the Seasiders first scoring opportunity in the 36th minute off a free kick, but Fresno Pacific's Summer Hammond (1-0-1) fended off the challenge. Kate Orchard picked up the loose ball in the box for a shot from the left just 10 seconds later, but the Sunbirds' defense blocked it with a body to keep the game tied at half.

Fresno State's Bianka Garcia started an early push on net, but her shot was blocked by the Seasiders' back line.

Rebekah McCarthy had an opportunity in the 72nd minute from the center, but the ball sailed high. Gurney again sent a ball towards goal in the 77th minute, but FPU's Selena Braun made the save in net. East fended off another Sunbird attack in the 81st minute on a shot from Amber Rodriguez.

BYU-Hawaii hits the road next week beginning with a match against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Tuesday at 7 p.m. PDT. Live stats will be available online.

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