Soccer Hosts No. 23 Santa Clara for Project 9000
The Fresno State soccer team is attempting to break the national attendance record for a Division I regular season soccer game this Saturday as they host No. 23 Santa Clara for its home opener in Bulldog Stadium.
Aug 28, 2013
Weekly Release | Mountain West Weekly Release
Game 3 Fresno State (0-2) vs. No. 23 Santa Clara (0-2)
Aug. 31, 2013 (7 p.m. PT)
FRESNO, Calif. --- Bulldog Stadium
Coverage: Mountain West Network
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
After opening their season with two road games last weekend, the 'Dogs are set to return to Bulldog Stadium for the first time in 2013 this Saturday to take on No. 23 Santa Clara at 7 p.m.
Fresno State is in search of its first win over Santa Clara going into the sixth meeting of the two teams. The Broncos lead the Bulldogs with a 5-0 series record. Last season, sophomore Katie DeVault set a new Fresno State record with 13 saves as Santa Clara squeezed by the Bulldogs 3-2 in overtime play.
About the Broncos (0-2)
No. 23 Santa Clara opened its season 0-2 last weekend with losses to No.1 North Carolina and No. 7 Virginia. The Broncos finished third in the West Coast Conference in 2012 and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament, finishing the year with an overall record of 12-4-6. With eight returning starters, Santa Clara is led by junior Sofia Huerta. Huerta led the Broncos with six goals and six assists in 2012.
The Fresno State Soccer team is attempting to break the national attendance record for a regular season women's soccer game! Join the team in making history this Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. when the Bulldogs host Santa Clara for their home opener and Project 9000 at Bulldog Stadium!
Ice Cream & Autograph Cards
The first 300 fans to Bulldog Stadium on Saturday will receive free Fresno State ice cream! The flavors being served are bulldog tracks, cake batter with cookie dough, and the Facebook winning flavor voted by the fans, strawberry lemonade sherbet. Be sure to stick around after the game to have the 2013 Fresno State soccer team sign a complementary autograph card!
Mountain West Network
The Mountain West Network will be broadcasting five of the six home games this season, starting with Saturday's game against No. 23 Santa Clara! The MWN can be viewed live and on-demand for free online through a computer, tablet or mobile device at www.themw.com.
On the Road
The Bulldogs opened up their 2013 season with two road games last weekend. The 'Dogs dropped both games, including a 2-0 loss to UC Santa Barbara and a 1-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton. After two games, senior Morgan Castain leads the Bulldogs with five shots. Megan Mossman has also recorded three shots and two shots on goal.
'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. With seven saves so far this season, DeVault currently six saves out of third and 55 saves out of second on the Fresno State all-time record
The 'Dogs add four new faces to the roster this season. Amanda Nunes, Alyssa Holsworth, Angie Weiner, and Ariana Holmes all join the as freshmen in 2013. Their experience and fresh talent look to add some depth to the Fresno State roster this year. Holsworth and Holmes have started in both matches of the 2013 season with Holsworth picking up her first collegiate shot on goal against Cal State Fullerton. Nunes also recorded her first collegiate shot against UC Santa Barbara last weekend.
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.
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