Fresno State’s Tiffiny Wallace scored five goals to lead the Bulldogs to a 19-11 win over Stetson, Sunday at the Athletic Training Center in DeLand.
Stetson’s Marina Rotella countered with three goals of her own but it wasn’t enough to help the Hatters (0-4) avoid their fourth straight loss.
Statistically speaking, the game was a virtual draw. Fresno State (4-2) owned a slight advantage in shots (33-29), shots on goal (26-24) and turnovers (15-19), but Stetson had the edge in draws (19-13), and both teams owned six free-position shots. Fresno State scored four goals in the final 2:05 to pull away late.
“It was a pretty close game and we battled pretty hard,” Stetson head coach Christy Leach said. “They’re a strong opponent and we played them toe-to-toe until the very end when we got a little sloppy with our play. We’ll continue to reflect on what we can change and do better, and look to make some tweaks that will hopefully make some difference.”
The Hatters trailed 7-6 at halftime, and Rotella scored just over a minute into the second half to tie the game. The Bulldogs responded with three straight goals for a 10-7 lead.
After Riley Reagan scored to make it a 10-8 game, Fresno State scored three of the next four goals for a 13-9 lead. While Stetson never got closer than three goals the rest of the game, the Bulldogs never took control until the final minutes.
The Hatters next host Marquette, Noon, Sunday, March 10 at the ATC.
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