Soccer Set For Another Weekend on the Road
The 'Dogs face UC Irvine and Santa Clara this upcoming weekend
The 'Dogs face UC Irvine and Santa Clara this upcoming weekend
Sept. 3, 2014

Fresno State Game Notes

Mountain West Game Notes

By: Kimberly Fisher

Game 4 • Fresno State (1-3) vs. UC Irvine (0-4)
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 (7:30 p.m. PT)
Irvine, Calif. --- Anteater Stadium
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Game 5 • Fresno State (1-3) vs. No. 16 Santa Clara (2-1)
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 (2:30 p.m. PT)
Santa Clara, Calif. --- Buck Shaw Stadium
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The `Dogs Hit the Road The Fresno State Soccer team (1-3) looks forward to a weekend full of travel as the squad will heads to UC Irvine (0-4) on Friday followed by a trip to No. 16 Santa Clara (2-1) two days later. The `Dogs will visit Anteater Stadium Friday for a slated 7:30 p.m. kickoff then Buck Shaw Stadium for a 2:30 match up with the Broncos on Sunday.

Head-to-Head Fresno State has fallen to UC Irvine in the past two preseason exhibition games, 2-0, at home in 2013 as well as in Irvine in 2011.

In an exciting overtime match, the Bulldogs lost 1-0 to No. 23 Santa Clara last season at Bulldog Stadium.

About the Anteaters (0-4) UC Irvine is in search of its first win of the season after opening with a 2-0 loss at home to Santa Clara, followed by a 3-0 loss to UCLA. At the conclusion of the Auburn Soccer Classic, the Anteaters picked up a 3-0 loss to Auburn and fell to Indiana, 2-1. Freshman forward Grayson Galbraith leads UC Irvine being the only goal scorer this season. At the conclusion of last season, the Anteaters stood 6-2 in the Big West Conference and held an overall record of 11-7.

About the No. 16 Broncos (2-1) Santa Clara came out on top of UC Irvine with a 2-0 win to start their 2014 season. The Broncos then dropped their second match against Cal, 2-1, in overtime and rallied back to a 1-0 win over Florida International. Santa Clara is led by All-American Senior forward Sofia Huerta who has three of the team's four goals scored this season.



Bingham leads Bulldogs Senior Jaycee Bingham currently holds the highest number of goals scored for Fresno State this season with one in the home opener against Eastern Washington and another against Drake University last Sunday. Bingham also leads the team in shot attempts with 14 of the team's total of 36.

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, and 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 stood second in the league at the conclusion of their 2013 regular season.

Returning Class With only one true senior on the squad, the Fresno State coaching staff is relying heavily on upperclassman to step into leadership positions. Jaycee Bingham is one of 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, sophomore goal keeper 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 freshmen, 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 is 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 their season under head coach Brian Zwaschka.

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