SAN FRANCISCO – Missed opportunities hurt No. 19 Santa Clara women's soccer as the team finished nonconference play by being upset 2-0 at San Francisco Saturday night on the Hilltop.
The Broncos (3-4-2) were in control of the possession and created more dangerous chances throughout the 90 minutes but were unable to finish while the Dons (4-3-2) made the most of their opportunities. For the night, Santa Clara posted 22 shots with eight on target to San Francisco's eight shots and five on frame.
The Dons defense seemed to be everywhere at times, stepping in front of shots and not giving the Broncos any breathing room. The star was goalkeeper Molly Eby who made eight saves and came off her line in some big moments.
On the other side, Kyle Foutch, making her third consecutive start for injured Marlee Nicolos, had five stops.
After a scoreless first half, a through ball from Marissa Vasquez to Jamesen Ward in the 56th minute led to the first goal of the match. Ward got the ball just outside the box and took a touch before slotting a low shot just inside the left post.
In the 71st the Dons made it 2-0 after a little chaos in front of the net. A ball got into the box that Kylie Foutch came out to stop but a collision popped the ball free and Vasquez finished to give her a goal and an assist.
- Santa Clara is now 35-2-1all-time against San Francisco.
- Kelsey Turnbow remains in sixth place in career goals with 49, behind No. 5 Mikka Hansen and her 52 goals. She is 10th all-time at Santa Clara with 28 assists. Next is Osborne with 34. Turnbow is also at 124 points, which is seventh. Next is Aly Wagner's 127.
The Broncos open West Coast Conference action Saturday at home against San Diego at 1 p.m.
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