Aug 21, 2013
Game 1 Fresno State (0-0-0) at UC Santa Barbara (0-0-0)
Aug. 23, 2013 (7 p.m. PT)
Santa Barbara, Calif. --- Harder Stadium
Game 2 Fresno State (0-0-0) at Cal State Fullerton (0-0-0)
Aug. 25, 2013 (4 p.m. PT)
Fullerton, Calif. --- Titan Stadium
Starting on the Road
After concluding its two-week fall camp on Aug. 21, the Fresno State Soccer team is set to start its season on the road for the sixth season in a row. The Bulldogs kick off the year with two road games starting with UC Santa Barbara on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., followed by Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 25 at 4 p.m.
Fresno State leads UC Santa Barbara with a 5-2-1 series record. The Bulldogs secured two of the five victories while on the road. The last time the two teams faced in 2011, the Gauchos pulled off a 3-2 victory with the home advantage.
Cal State Fullerton leads the Bulldogs 3-4 all-time, though the Bulldogs lead the Titans 2-1 on the Titans home field. The last time the two teams played the Titans won 3-2 in Bulldog stadium in 2007.
About the Gauchos (0-0-0)
Head coach Paul Stumpf leads the Gauchos into his 15th season at UC Santa Barbara after posting a 5-12-2 record in 2012. UC Santa Barbara returns seven starters and 14 letterwinners, along with the addition of 14 newcomers. Leading the Gauchos is sophomore Sara Feder who led the team with four goals her freshmen season.
About the Titans (0-0-0)
Cal State Fullerton opens its season at BYU on Aug. 23 before hosting the Bulldogs on Aug. 25. The Titans finished first in the Big West in 2012 with a 10-9-1 record. The Titans return six starters and 17 letterwinners and welcome the addition of 10 newcomers. Sophomore Christina Burkenroad is the returning lead-scorer for the Titans after recording five goals and two assists in 2012.
'Dogs Picked to Finish Sixth
The Fresno State soccer team was chosen to finish sixth (52 points) in the Mountain West 2013 preseason poll. Defending MW champion San Diego State was the favorite to win the 2013 MW regular-season title with a total of nine first-place votes and 99 total points. New Mexico was second with 86 points and one first-place vote. UNLV and MW newcomer Utah State tied for third with 77 points apiece, with the Rebels garnering one first-place vote Fresno State finished its first regular season in the MW tied for fifth with Nevada last year. The 2012 Bulldog squad made it to the Mountain West Tournament as a No. 5 seed, ending their season with a 1-0 loss to UNLV in the first-round.
Lindstrom Picks up Preseason Honors
Senior Lauren Lindstrom was named to the Mountain West women's soccer 2013 preseason all-conference second team that was released by College Sports Madness. A returning starter for the Bulldogs, Lindstrom enters her final year at the helm of the Fresno State defense that has totaled 23 shutouts in the past three seasons. She played every minute in 16 games in 2012, finishing the year with one goal and two assists. A major contributor since her freshmen season, Lindstrom has played in 62 games during her collegiate career, starting in all but two.
The Bulldogs have six returning seniors leading them into their 2013 season. Tara Boynton, Morgan Castain, Kayla Kret, Lauren Lindstrom, Megan Mossman, and Shonice Myers look to combined their experience on the field to lead the 'Dogs to a successful year.
DeVault Returns in Goal
Junior Katie DeVault returns after a standout sophomore season. DeVault appeared in and started all 20 games in goal and played nearly 1900 minutes in 2012. She was ranked (T-15th) nationally in saves and led the Mountain West in saves (122) and saves per game (6.1). DeVault also set new school record for saves in a single match with 13 against then No. 24 Santa Clara. DeVault will try to build off the success of last season to be an anchor for the Bulldogs' defense in goal.
The 'Dogs add four new faces to the roster this season. Amanda Nunes, Alyssa Holsworth, Angie Weiner, and Ariana Holmes all join the team as freshmen in 2013. Their experience and fresh talent look to add some depth to the Fresno State roster this year.
The Mountain West
Fresno State enters its second season in the Mountain West Conference after finishing tied for fifth in 2012. The new season brings the addition of three new schools to Mountain West soccer. San Jose State, Utah State and Colorado State are set to join the conference to bring the total to 11 teams in 2013. San Jose State and Utah State are joining from the Western Athletic Conference, while Colorado State enters the MW for its inaugural soccer season.
The Fresno State Soccer team is attempting to break the national attendance record for a women's soccer game! So mark your calendars and join the team in making history on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. when the Bulldogs host No. 16 Santa Clara for their home opener and Project 9000 at Bulldog Stadium!
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