October 11, 2009

Late Goal Spoils Broncos WCC Opener

Oct. 11, 2009

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 15 Santa Clara women's soccer team fell victim to an 88th minute goal this afternoon, falling 1-0 to San Diego at Torero Stadium in both teams' WCC opener.

The first half saw a scoreless draw, with the Broncos outshooting the Toreros 5-1. Only one shot in the entire period was on goal, and San Diego netminder Courtney Parsons was there to make the stop.

Just minutes into the second half, sophomore goalkeeper Bianca Henninger suffered an injury on a Torero corner kick. Henninger was unable to remain in the game and backup senior Lisa Lahman entered the match.

Lahman passed her first test a few moments later; making a save on Dani Russel's shot at 53:09.

Play then continued back and forth, with neither side being able to register a point until the final moments of the game.

Lahman made her final save of the match in the 86th minute, turning away Jackie Zinke's attempt, but at 87:18, Zinke turned and fired from nearly 30 yards out, beating Lahman high for the game winner.

Santa Clara had one final chance to tie the game, but senior Katherine Reynolds knocked junior Kendra Perry's corner kick service high.

The Broncos outshot San Diego 9-6 and the Toreros finished with a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Lahman completed the match with two saves while USD's Parsons made only one.

Santa Clara, now 8-5-1, returns to the Bay Area for next weekend's road matches against San Francisco and Saint Mary's.