Bulldog Soccer Blog
Bulldog Attendance Top in Nation
The Fresno State soccer team is among the top 15 schools in the nation in average home attendance. The Bulldogs are 11th with an average of 1,378. Fresno State is one of two Western Athletic Conference teams in the top 15. New Mexico State is 15th in the nation with an average home attendance of 1,129.
Fresno State is one of four California schools in top 25. National Champions North Carolina placed third with an average of 2,110.
In total attendance, the Bulldogs are 23rd in the nation with a total of 9,664 fans in 2009. Fresno State is the one WAC team in the 25 and one of four California teams in the top 25.
USA Goes For Gold
The USA U-20 women's soccer team kicks off the CONCACAF Championship in Guatemala against Jamaica. Here is some information on the teams courtesy of USSoccer.com.
GOING FOR CONCACAF GOLD: U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis named a 20-player squad for the regional tournament, including two players who were part of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup winning team in Chile. Christine Nairn and 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Golden Shoe and Golden Ball winner Sydney Leroux lead the 2010 team, which dropped the 2008 CONCACAF U-20 title 1-0 to Canada in Puebla, Mexico. The roster also features eight players who were members of the U.S. team that took second at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand. Among the players who represented the USA in New Zealand are defender Amber Brooks, the tournament's Bronze Ball winner Kristie Mewis, Silver Shoe winner Vicki DiMartino and Taylor Vancil, who was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament in New Zealand. Outside back Rachel Quon, who played every minute of five starts in New Zealand, defender Crystal Dunn, and midfielders Elizabeth Eddy and Samantha Mewis were the other U-17 veterans named to the roster.
PREPARING FOR JAMAICA: The U.S. U-20 WNT's first opponent, Jamaica, may not be a familiar foe at this age level but that certainly doesn't mean the team will be less of a threat. The young Reggae Girlz, led by head coach Vin Blaine, demonstrated a knack for finding the goal during the Caribbean Football Union's qualifying tournament to reach the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship. During the first round of Caribbean qualifying, Jamaica defeated Turks & Caicos Islands 5-0 before dispatching Dominica 11-1. In the final round, Jamaica qualified for the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship with a 1-0 win against Cuba, a 2-0 win against St. Kitts & Nevis and a 1-1 draw with Trinidad & Tobago. Semone Honeghan led the charge during Caribbean qualifying, registering four goals in the team's 20-goal effort. She was closely followed by Trudi Carter and Sashana Campbell who had three goals apiece. For more information or to watch all the action log on to US Soccer
There is nothing worse in the world than an embarrassing moment. Actually, an embarrassing moment in front of a crowd could be worse. Here are a bunch of moments the Fresno State soccer team wishes hadn't happened while playing in games.
Kendall Van Dine: Wiffing the ball in a game against our rival high school.
Bianca Lopex: In high school, we were playing an easy game and winning, 13-0. I got put in defense and tried juking a forward only to get the ball taken from me and they scored!
Lauren West: I was pantsed by the opposing team while playing powder puff my freshman year of high school. AND I still got the first down!
Laura Dodd; Last year during the WAC Tournament a girl ripped my shorts completely up the side. I wasn't wearing sliders and everyone laughed.
Chrissy Smith: I got stuck in the net.
Katie Lee: I took a shot... it hit the post bounced back and hit me in the face.
Alex Jensen: During an ODP match, I tripped over my own shoe lace and fell down on my butt in front of the coaches evaluating the game.
Janna Sadowtiz: When I was 12 I scored on my own team.
Bradlee DeShane: Running into a goal post in high school and it being on the video yearbook.
Déjà vu for WAC Soccer
Last season, the Bulldogs were excited to make their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The excitement quickly faded to fear when they saw who they drew for the first round match. The Bulldogs were set to face No. 1 seed UCLA at UCLA. The `Dogs went on to lose the match, 5-0, and with so many young players used it as a learning experience.
This year, Boise State won the WAC Tournament and are advancing to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Just like the Bulldogs last year, the Broncos will face No. 1 seed UCLA on Friday at UCLA. It marks the second year in a row that a WAC team has opened the first round of the tournament against a No. 1 seed and both years it happened to be UCLA. Hopefully Boise State can make the WAC proud and upset UCLA!
Lopez' Freshman Year
My first year experience as a Bulldog has been interesting so far. First off, the competitive aspect of playing at a D-1 level is definitely different than anything I have experienced, club or high school. It went up so many notches that it was overwhelming, yet exciting to be competing at such a high level. Everyday requires your full attention and complete effort, anything less is unacceptable and made known by your coaches and teammates. Although this seems demanding and stressful, it is so exhilarating and enjoyable; I expected nothing less coming into my first season as a college athlete. So far, it is the best experience I've had in my whole life and I'm really excited to finish my four years off as a Bulldog soccer player.
Juggling school with soccer has been difficult for me as well. Sometimes I get so caught up in the soccer side of going to college that I forget I'm a student too! It just takes a lot of concentration and self-determination to keep your grades up. Luckily, the help they give us, like study hall and free tutors, is really useful and beneficial towards us. Even though those mandatory six hours a week we have for study table seems more like an annoyance, it really does help and is a good quiet place to knock out a lot of your homework and studying. I'm so glad to get home after a long day of practice and school and know that I have no more homework to complete and I can just relax. This first semester as a college athlete has been different but really fun.
Inside Look at Soccer Practice
Practice comes real early every morning when we wake up at 5:40 or even 4:40 on Thursdays but it's definitely worth it in the end. Practice has been very beneficial to us this year because I believe Brian along with the rest of the coaching staff has taught us so much and made us better players as well as a better team. Practice is no time to slack off though, we give one hundred and ten percent each day and have complete focus the entire time because Brian (Zwaschka) and the rest of the team won't stand for anything less.
We train hard so we can translate what we learn in practice directly into the game. Mondays are always intense practices and I usually leave the field with more bumps and bruises from my teammates than I did against the opponents the previous weekend. Although practice is hard and demanding, it goes by quick because we are always moving and playing hard and it's a great feeling when you're done so early and you have the rest of the day to go to class and then just relax before heading off to bed so you can wake up at 5:40 am and do it all over again.
`Dogs Hit the Road Again!
By the end of the 2009 season the Fresno State women's soccer team will have traveled to three different states, Hawai'i, Utah and Nevada. The `Dogs also have traveled all over California from San Diego to Sacramento and everywhere in between.
This weekend the Bulldogs play in Utah on Friday and Nevada on Sunday. Here are some fun facts about each state.
Utah was the 45th state admitted to the United States of America on Jan. 4, 1896. The name "Utah" is derived from the Ute Indian language, meaning "people of the mountains."
The Great Salt Lake is 3 to 5 times saltier than the ocean. Fish free, the lake's largest aquatic critters are brine shrimp.
Salt Lake City was the host for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Utah is the Jello capital of the world. More jello is eaten in Utah than anywhere else in the world.
The state nickname is the Beehive state. The stats bird is the California gull and the state animal is the rocky mountain elk. The state flower is a sego lily and the state tree is a blue spruce.
Nevada was the 36th state to join the United State of America on Oct. 31, 1864. Nevada is Spanish for "snow-covered."
Nevada was made famous by the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, the richest known U.S. silver deposit. Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
Nevada is the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States. Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.
Nevada's nick name is the Silver State. The state bird is a mountain bluebird and the state animal is a desert bighorn sheep. The state flower is sage brush and the state tree is a bristlecone pine.
For those that visit Bulldog Stadium for football or soccer games can see what great players have come through each program. On the west side of the stadium are six retired jersey numbers from some of the greatest football players to play on Jim Sweeney Field. If you look to the east side of the stadium, below the sky suites is C. Bell no. 13. But who is C. Bell?
In 2001, Christina Bell made history for not only rewrote the record books, but also becoming the first women's soccer player, fourth female athlete and 10th Fresno State athlete to have their jersey number (13) retired.
Bell became the first woman to have her name placed in Bulldog stadium. The standout midfielder played for the `Dogs for two season and set just about every record in the books. During her senior season, Bell recorded 21 points with nine goals and three assists.
Over her two year career, she recorded 12 goals and five assists for 29 points. She scored five game-winning goals and played in 40 games. Bell became the first women's soccer player to earn first-team All-WAC honors and was an All-WAC selection twice in her career.
Bell was the first Fresno State athlete to win the Stan Bates award, which is awarded to the top WAC scholar athlete.
After graduation, Bell played professional soccer in Europe. Bell played for the Bay Area CyberRays in the WUSA's inaugural season, helping the team to an 11-6-4 record and the WUSA championship.
Still in the Game Part 2
It's time to catch up with another former Bulldog and see how she is still involved in soccer.
Renea Tanner played for Fresno State during the 1998 and 1999 seasons. Here is a little paragraph from her and how she is still in the game.
I am living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and of course can't get away from the game here. Football, as they call it here is the number one watched sport and with so many super leagues and teams I got the itch to kick the ball around. Then one thing led to another once I was out just playing with a ball a few kids joined. Now I train at least 3 kids on the weekend and it seems that the amount of interest is growing. After playing for the Bulldogs I managed Fresno Indoor Soccer and running clinics and reffing gave me another inspiration for the game. I think this is why I love coaching and training so much!
Each year I ask the student-athletes to fill out questionnaires to use on the website, game program or whatever. It is a chance for me to get to know them better and help the fans get know the person behind the athlete. Many student-athletes take it seriously and give me great answers. One of those answers that intrigued me to ask for the story was Rachel Pickett's answer to what her most embarrassing sports moment was.
She replied simply that her most embarrassing moment was when her two front teeth were knocked out. In the game of soccer it is pretty difficult to lose some teeth, so I asked her how it happened and here is her story.
Rachel Pickett: Well, it was my senior year of high school and we were playing a soccer game. I was guarding this girl that was like 6'8'' and I was standing behind her. She had the ball at her feet and was trying to turn the ball to head to goal and I wouldn't let her. So, I guess she decided to elbow me in the mouth. I knew right away that my front teeth had been knocked out. I didn't know my parents were there yet or not, but my dad is a dentist and I went straight to him screaming about my teeth. My teeth were half knocked out and we were all looking for my teeth on the field. After I calmed down I went back in the game and score a goal. That night my dad and I went to his office and fixed my teeth! So, I have baby front teeth with veneers over them.
Midfielder Bradlee DeShane talks about her experience helping out at the TopSoccer camp last weekend. The entire team spent a couple hours playing soccer with local children.
Fresno State soccer started its 14th season last weekend and has tons of great players come through over the years. Many of these players are still involved in the game even after their playing days as a Bulldog ended. Sara Yudin Stone played for Fresno State in the inaugural season (1995) until 1999. We recently caught up with her and she is currently coaching for the Davis Youth soccer league.
The Davis Youth Soccer League strives to provide the highest level of competitive soccer for players whose skills, interests, and commitment are above the level of recreational soccer. The League is committed to the best interests of the players and high quality soccer in an atmosphere that stresses teamwork, sportsmanship, and skilled soccer play that will help players gain a life-long love and appreciation for soccer.
We are a U14 team who has had a lot of success the '08-'09 year. The team was formed in the spring and we won the premier spring league, finalist at Cal Cup, and were Champions in our home tournament. We compete year round with a fall league coming up and tournaments throughout the year. Our year will come to an end the month of March and shortly after that tryouts will begin. This is a great team and my 8th year with the club. Prior to coaching for the Davis Youth Soccer League I was coaching club soccer in Long Beach and was also the assistant coach at California State University, Long Beach.
Any other alumni out there want to share how they are still a part of the game let us know. Email us what you are up to at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Preparations for Next Season Start Now
Soccer season ended happily for the Bulldogs with a WAC Tournament Championship and berth to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The season has been over for a few months, but the work has not stopped for the reigning WAC Champions.
The Bulldogs began the first day of the second semester and will soon start spring training. (Yes, the team even trains and prepares for the next season way before they report for fall camp.) I sat down with strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera and he told me what the team is doing to prepare for the 2009 season.
First, I'll take you back to the beginning of the season. This is when the freshmen learn the process. Cabrera teaches the proper techniques in the various lifts the team does. The freshmen also learn Cabrera's terminology and how workouts should run.
Now that the team is all on the same page and spring workouts are just around the corner the Bulldogs will step up their game. Cabrera stated that the team will step up the intensity in the weight room.
"The team is lifting three days a week," said Cabrera. "The purpose of this is to help prevent injuries, increase flexibility, and make the joints strong, mobile, and more stable."
Aside from just lifting weights the team also starts the conditioning process. Cabrera and the coaching staff work with the team to build speed endurance. Soccer is anaerobic, so players are sprinting quickly and have a short time to recover. The conditioning workouts work to increase these two areas.
The team trains with Cabrera through the spring season. They work on getting stronger and the workouts in the weight room help their performance on the field. The workouts help with having more velocity on a kick and increase force, power, and acceleration to the ball or opposing player.
Another area the soccer team works on is core power, the more stable your core is the chances of injuries lessen, especially to things like your ACL, MCL, etc. Working to strengthen your core will help the team to be able to change directions quicker.
The amount of upper body workouts is limited, but the team does work on strengthening their shoulders for the occasional run-ins with opposing players. The goalkeeper's workouts are different compared to the rest of the team. They work on their core stability to prevent injuries. They also work on lateral and vertical quickness, hand-eye coordination, and upper body strength.
During the summer it is peak performance training and the team is conditioning with top times, shorter recovery, and lifting personal bests. They are also preparing for the fitness test and the beginning of camp. At this point they should be able to peak through camp, preseason, and be ready to start the season.
So for all those soccer players not in season you too can be preparing for the next season just like the Bulldogs are preparing for the 2009 season.
Monday, the soccer team got the opportunity to go with the Fresno, Clovis, Cal, and Madera County fire departments to deliver teddy bears and sing holiday songs at Valley Children's Hospital. I was allowed to tag along, which I did for a couple reasons. The obvious reason, it is my job to document when the team does events like this.
The main reason that I went was because I wanted to help brighten the day of children, who are in the hospital during the happiest time of the year. I had a friend in high school that spent a lot of time in the hospital and I know how much it meant to her when I would show up after school or on the weekends. We would spend hours watching television or reading magazines.
I am child myself or so I like to think. I am a kid at heart and while it was fun riding in the fire engine, it meant more to see how the children's faces lit up when the soccer girls came into the room with teddy bears and stickers. Most of them probably had no idea what soccer was, but thought it was cool that someone from Fresno State and Timeout had taken time to come visit them.
I am not sure who was more popular with the kids Santa or Timeout! One little boy grabbed onto Timeout's hand and wouldn't let go. He got pictures taken and introduced Timeout to his parents and older sister. Everywhere we walked with Timeout the kids got excited and loved the chance to give him a high five or thumbs up.
It truly was amazing to see Allison Ventura, Selena Gill, Molly Nizzoli, Megan Blankenburg, and Elora Martinez take a break from school to visit these children and make them smile and laugh. We couldn't cure the children, who have to spend this holiday season in the hospital, but we could bring them the excitement and joy of the holiday season, and that is just what the soccer team did.
The soccer team ended their season a little over three weeks ago. Before that the team was practicing almost every day after school and lifting weights a couple of days a week. All of that plus school takes up a lot of time. Now that the team has a little bit more free time before spring training starts this is what some of them have been up to...
Selena Gill (Senior, Defender): Since soccer ended I have had a lot more time to study. I am focusing on finishing school and graduating in May. I also help coach varsity soccer where I went to high school.
Yo yo yo,
Howdy! I am the athletic trainer for the Bulldog soccer and men's golf teams. I have a very cool and dynamic job which allows me to follow the soccer team from town to town and attempt to cure their ills. As simple as I can put it, I am a jack of all trades. I assess athletic injuries, rehabilitate them, help them re-learn their technique, work closely with Moses Cabrera (our strength and conditioning coach), as well as the coaching staff themselves to help determine an athlete's readiness to play. On the road, a typical game day, I go with the team wherever they go. Three hours before game time, I spend about an hour getting the girls taped, stretched, or any number of things they may need pertaining to their physical well being. During the game, I carefully watch for any injuries. Those people you see running on the field when a student-athlete is injured, well, I am one of them. I immediately assess their injury, determine the course of action (whether they can return to play, need to see a doctor, etc.), and try to help encourage the body's healing process to help them be ready to play next game. An ideal day for me is not having to work. While I do enjoy the rewards of a hard day's work, having nothing to do means all of our student- athletes are healthy and able to play at their peak physical level. That, in a nutshell is what I do on an average road trip! Go Dogs, Win the WAC! ST
Another day has passed in Reno. Today was pretty relaxed day. We all got to sleep in, well I got to sleep in the team said it was early. We ate breakfast and then got ready for practice. The team got to practice for an hour today and prepare for their game tomorrow night. In the afternoon I spent most of my time catching up on work emails and other things that needed to be done even though I am on the road. The coaches and I watched the first round games. Boise State and Nevada won their games and advanced to the next round. Like the football team, the soccer girls play Nevada tomorrow night. After a long day I am ready for a good night sleep and then the game.
Stay tuned tomorrow the team's trainer is going to talk about what she does to help the team on road trips!
Brrr... It's Cold in Here
After six hours on the bus, we made it to Reno! Most of the bus ride was spent sleeping. Except the front of the bus we were telling riddles and trying to solve them, which resulted in a lot of laughter.
We arrived a little early for practice and the team stretched and warmed outside the stadium. We saw Nevada's football team practicing. They head to Fresno tomorrow to play the Bulldogs on Friday Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.
The team just started practicing and it is really cold here, a lot colder than Fresno. The team all bundled up in several layers of clothes to stay warm while practicing. The team got excited to see snow when we drove over the pass and were all taking pictures.
I've Been Everywhere
We just started watching Get Smart, which I have never seen. A lot of the girls are sleeping or reading the paper and doing the crossword. Stephanie is sitting next to me sleeping off her motion sickness, I hope she doesn't get sick on me! Megan Ashjian is working on homework behind me. Kendall VanDine is braiding Nicole Duff's hair. We have a long six before we get to Reno.
Dress Up Fun
Halloween comes once a year and children across the country dress up as witches, ghosts, and princesses. They spend hours on their costume and then trick-or-treat for enough candy to cause a tooth ache.
The soccer team proves that you are never too old to dress up. Each year the soccer team dresses up in their Halloween costumes for the practice that falls on Halloween. In the past players have dressed up in everything imaginable, like bowling pins and a bowling ball to the fantana girls.
We are inviting you to come watch practice, but don't forget the one rule, you have to wear your costume.
Practice is Friday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. stop by and watch the Bulldogs have a little fun while preparing for their final home game of the season.
What's Up in the WAC
The Bulldogs are in the home stretch of WAC play and have three games left before heading to the WAC Tournament. The `Dogs are currently in second place behind the undefeated Utah State Aggies. Here is a look at what is going on with all the WAC soccer teams.
Boise State Broncos (8-5-2, 1-1-1 WAC)
Fresno State Bulldogs (6-8-2, 2-1-1 WAC)
Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine (5-5-4, 1-1-1 WAC)
Idaho Vandals (1-12-2, 0-2-1 WAC)
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (10-3-4, 0-1-3 WAC)
Nevada Wolf Pack (1-11-3, 1-2-1 WAC)
San Jose State Spartans (4-8-3, 1-2 WAC)
Utah State Aggies (9-7-1, 4-0 WAC)
After the opening weekend of WAC play , the `Dogs are among the leaders of the pack. Fresno State is second in the conference after defeating San Jose State, 1-0, and tying defending WAC Champion Hawaii, 0-0.
The team also leads the WAC in various statistics; check below for a complete listing of where the Bulldogs stack up.
WAC Statistics (Team)
Soccer Penalties Unleashed
A yellow card is used in many different sporting codes. Its meaning differs between sports, and the most common meaning indicates a caution given to a player regarding his or her conduct. A yellow card is shown by the referee to indicate that a player has been officially cautioned. A player who has been cautioned may continue playing in the game, however a player who receives a second caution in a match is sent off, meaning that he or she must leave the field immediately and take no further part in the game. The player may not be replaced by a substitute. A player may receive a yellow card for committing one of the following acts:
1. Unsporting behavior
A red card is most commonly used to indicate a serious offense and often results in a player being permanently suspended from the game. A red card is shown by a referee to signify that a player has been sent off. A player who has been sent off is required to leave the field of play immediately and must take no further part in the game. The player who has been sent off cannot be replaced during the game and their team must continue the game down a player. A player may receive a red card for committing the following acts:
1. Serious foul play. This includes a tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent
From the Heat to Rain
The Bulldogs are used to hot and dry weather, but as they head north to Oregon they will see how soccer is played in the Pacific Northwest. The game and rules are the same, but how the game is executed is very different.
As the media relations contact for soccer, I have become familiar with how the team plays and how soccer is played in Fresno. In Fresno, it is hot and dry, all the time. The heat and field can affect the game and make simple things like passing and shooting more difficult.
As a former soccer player, I played from age 6 to 17 and a native of Vancouver, Wash., playing in the rain is nothing new for me, but new territory for the Bulldogs. I grew up across the river from Oregon and playing in the rain was how it was, except for in July and August. If it wasn't raining during a soccer match, it was probably snowing or just plain cold.
The fundamentals are different when playing in the rain and on a wet field. The field is wet, mushy, and often time really muddy. If you had a white jersey, you can bet on it being brown by the end of the game.
When it comes to shooting, it's a lot safer and easier to take shots in the air. This is a good idea for a couple of reasons. First of all, when the rain is falling it can make it more difficult for the goalkeeper to see. Also, the ball can get stuck or stop on a puddle or in the mud. There is also the possibility of the ball being slicker than normal because of the rain.
When it comes to passing, it is always safer to pass on the ground because you have more control. When passing in the rain, it has to be a harder pass than normal. It can get stuck or die before it reaches the intended player, but this is for grass fields. When playing on turf it is the opposite because the ball can be slippery.
Here's to the rain and the `Dogs staying dry! As always, GO `DOGS!!
`Dogs Head North
Bulldog soccer is heading north to Oregon for their last two non-conference games against Oregon State and Portland State. The Bulldogs head into the weekend with a one game winning streak.
Here are some facts about Oregon:
The Capital is Salem and the largest city is Portland.
The Bulldogs lost a tough game to Seattle 2-1. Fresno State faces Sacramento State on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium.
Seattle takes the lead 1-0 after scoring on a penalty kick.
It's halftime in Bulldog Stadium and the score is 0-0. The Bulldogs are playing good defense and attacking the Seattle goal any chance they get. Nicole Gutierrez had a close call on a cross from Kendall VanDine. Molly Nizzoli also had a close call when she attempted a cross and ended up hitting the cross bar. The Bulldogs are ready for the second half and look to score the go ahead goal.
The 'Dogs have four shots in the first 23 minutes of the game. Selena Gill came close to heading the ball in off a corner kick from Lauren Satterlee. The score is still 0-0 with 21 minutes until halftime.
The Anthem has been played and the line ups announced... it is game time in Bulldog Stadium for the Fresno State soccer team. The Bulldogs are facing Seattle for the first time.
Kick-off: This kick happens following a goal by the opposing team, or to begin each period of play.
All these variation of kicks occur to make a dead ball alive again. There are two other ways to put a dead ball back into play. Those two methods are throw-ins and a drop ball.
Throw-in: This is when the ball has crossed the touchline or sideline. It is awarded to the team that did not touch the ball when it went out of play.
The soccer team is headed out on the road today after two weeks of playing home games. The Bulldogs will travel to Colorado and take on two teams that made NCAA tournament appearances last year. Both Colorado and Denver have also been ranked in the Top 30 this season.
Here are some facts on the state that the Bulldogs will call home for the weekend:
After winning their second game in a row against Florida International Thursday night the Bulldogs had the weekend off to relax before it's back to business as usual. The Bulldogs will begin preparing for the Colorado tournament. A tournament where they will face two ranked teams. The players will get out of the heat, but travel to higher altitudes. The team will practice like usual and leave Thursday for Colorado.
The teams have warmed up and look ready to play. The captains have met and the teams are being introduced. We are five minutes away from kickoff. Stay posted for all the game time action.
The wind is blowing and the heat has subsided. The 100 degree days are hopefully behind us. The Bulldogs plan to heat things up on the soccer field. The 'Dogs host Florida International tomorrow night and are currently working out last minute kinks at practice.
Coach Steve Springthorpe is having the team work on game situations in a scrimmage. Yellow pennies against practice jerseys. Springthorpe can be seen stopping play and guiding the players in some areas or having a play redone. Corner kicks is one area that the Bulldogs have spent a lot of time perfecting this season. In an exhibition match the 'Dogs scored two goals of headers recieved from corner kicks.
Kickoff is tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
Theresa Kurtz Media Relations
The Bulldogs won their first game of the season last Friday. The team played well together and worked hard to earn the win. The Bulldogs played with lots of intensity in front of a crowd of over 1,200.
Fresno State took 18 shots at the Colonel goal. Nicole Gutierrez scored the winning goal. It was her second of the season and 18th career goal. Molly Nizzoli picked up her first assist against Eastern Kentucky.
The Bulldogs host Florida International on Thursday Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. It is an exciting match for the upper class because the FIU head coach use to coach at Fresno State.
Clearing Up Offsides Confusion
Theresa Kurtz Media Relations
An offsides call is seen in many different sports and each sport has their own take on the rule. In football, a player is offside when a player crosses the line scrimmage before the hike. In hockey, a player is offsides when the attacking team enters the attacking zone before the puck.
In soccer when a player is offside it is a little different and can be slightly confusing. The basics of being offsides are that the attacking players do not have at least two defensive players between themselves and the goal. The key component is having two opposing players between you and the goal. Luckily, the goalkeeper counts as one of those players. If the ball is in front of the attacking team, then a player can't be offside even if there aren't two players in between you and the goal. Now if that didn't confuse you, here is the confusing part... a player may be offsides and return to an onside position and not be called if they don't become involved in the play. A player can move into an offsides position once the ball is placed into play ahead of the attacking team.
In soccer, there are linesmen that assists the head referee in making calls during the game. One of the main duties of the linesman is to stay with the last defender and be able to make the offsides call. The center referee isn't always in the best position to make the call, which is where the linesmen come in handy.
Hopefully, this helps and the next time you are watching the Bulldogs you can understand how and why the player is called offsides.