Zwaschka Leads `Dogs to Alma Mater Rival
Aug. 27, 2014
Fresno State Game Notes
By: Kimberly Fisher
Game 3 Fresno State (1-1) vs. Iowa(2-0)
Game 4 Fresno State (1-1) vs. Drake(1-1)
First Away Series After splitting last weekend's home opener with an overtime victory against Eastern Washington and a loss to Gonzaga, the Fresno State soccer team is now scheduled to make their way to Iowa for a pair of road matches. The `Dogs will take on Iowa on Friday Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. (PT) at the University of Iowa Soccer Stadium. Fresno State is back in action on Sunday Aug. 31 at the Crownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines, Iowa for a slated 10 a.m. start time.
Alma Mater Rivalry 2013 Mountain West Coach of the Year, Brian Zwaschka leads the `Dogs back to his alma mater, Iowa where he played and coached for several years prior to becoming a Bulldog. After playing the University of Iowa on Friday in Iowa City, the Bulldogs will then travel approximately 114 miles west to Des Moines to face Zwaschka's alma mater rival, Drake University. Being a Des Moines native, Zwaschka had the opportunity to schedule two tough opponents in Iowa as well as an opportunity for prospects to create a potential tie to Fresno State.
About the Hawkeyes
The University of Iowa began their 2014 season 2-0 with a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Northern Iowa last Friday night as well as a 4-0 win against the University of Illinois-Chicago on Sunday afternoon. The Hawkeyes also have a 1-0 loss in an exhibition against DePaul earlier this month.
About the Drake Bulldogs The Bulldogs split exhibition play with a 2-1 loss to Milwaukee in early August and a 6-0 win over Grand View at the Crownie Soccer Complex. Drake opened their season with a split as well after falling to Mountain West opponent, Boise State 3-0 and defeating Utah Valley 1-0 in Portland, Oregon.
Bingham Records First Goal Senior, Jaycee Bingham recorded the first goal of the 2014 season for the Bulldogs in the home opener match against Eastern Washington. The goal helped lead the `Dogs to a 2-1 victory due to an own goal made by an Eagle defender in overtime. Bingham serves as the only goal scorer for Fresno State so far in its 2014 season, she leads the team in total goal attempt shots with seven.
MW Rankings Entering their 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 collegiate programs in the running, 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 Colorado College to the 2014 season, in which 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 received second place at the conclusion of their 2013 season.
Returning Class 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, as 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 they head into their 2014 season.
Newcomers 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 freshman not only brings new talent but also adds depth as the `Dogs continue preparing for their upcoming season.
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