Fresno State Game Notes
By: Kimberly Fisher
With a little over two weeks of preparation, the `Dogs are looking forward to taking on Eastern Washington this Friday night in what will be the first season opening game played at home in six years. Following Friday night's game, the Bulldogs will host Gonzaga Sunday afternoon again at Bulldog Stadium.
About the Eagles
Entering his first season as head coach, Chad Bodnar leads Eastern Washington into its 2014 season. The Eagles return a total of 12 players and six starters. In addition to the returners, the team welcomes 13 newcomers including eight freshmen and five transfers to make up its 26 person roster. Eastern Washington concluded its 2013 season with an overall record of 3-15-0 and ninth place finish in the Big Sky Conference.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will open its regular season Aug. 22 at Cal State Bakersfield under head coach Amy Edwards. Edwards is entering her sixth season after finishing with a 7-11-1 overall record in 2013. The Bulldogs are welcoming only four incoming freshmen to make up the 27 player roster consisting of top scoring leaders Karley Baggerly, Heather Johnson and senior midfielders Tori Lee and Kasey Rubosky.
Entering its third season in the Mountain West, Fresno State was chosen to finish sixth with 73 points in the Mountain West Preseason Coaches' Poll. Of the 12 programs in the conference, San Diego State was favored to win the Mountain West regular-season title (115 points) by the panel of MW head soccer coaches. The conference welcomes in Colorado College this 2014 season. The Tigers finished second in the standings with 112 points and five first place votes. In addition to the first place Aztecs and second place Tigers, Boise State, New Mexico and Utah State were picked to place above Fresno State with a total of only 42 points separating the top half of the poll. Finishing four places above their predicted poll position, the Bulldogs finished second in the league at the conclusion of their 2013 season.
With only one true senior on the squad, the Fresno State coaching staff is relying heavily on the upper class to step into leadership positions. Jaycee Bingham is one of the 12 Bulldog returners, but at the start of her fourth season at Fresno State she is placed into a headship role, being the only true senior on the team. In addition to Bingham, the squad welcomes back Sam Brechmann, Joana Lopez, Alyssa Cruz, Fanny Johansson, Dani Rodrigues, Alyssa Holsworth, Rianna Cota, Amanda Nunes, Angie Weiner, Alyssa Wilson and Mountain West Freshman of the Year, Ariana Holmes as it heads into the 2014 season.
The 2014 Fresno State soccer roster is made up of 23 total players, in which 11 of them are new to the squad. Of the group of incoming freshman, 10 of them come from various cities within California including Kacy Dunn from Clovis, Alissa Pham from Morgan Hill, Myra Delgadillo from Union City, Peyton Cline from Woodland, Maria Gomez from Los Angeles, Julia Campos from Dinuba, Miranda Rudolph from Fresno, Ashari Hines from Sacramento, Sara Jo Ciapponi from Alameda and Carly Bracken from Granada Hills. In addition to Johansson, freshman Domenique Banta makes only the second individual on the team from out of state, joining the squad from Meridian, Idaho. This large group of freshmen not only brings new talent, but also adds depth as the `Dogs continue preparing for their upcoming season.
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