In search of its first win, the Fresno State soccer team heads north for two matches this weekend against Gonzaga and Eastern Washington.
Sep 4, 2013
Weekly Release | Mountain West Weekly Release
Game 4 Fresno State (0-3) vs. Gonzaga (1-2)
Sept. 6, 2013 (4 p.m. PT)
SPOKANE, Wash. --- Gonzaga Soccer Field
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Game 5 Fresno State (0-3) vs. Eastern Washington (0-4)
Sept. 8, 2013 (11 a.m. PT)
CHENEY, Wash. --- Reese Court
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North for the Weekend
The Fresno State soccer team heads north this weekend to take on Gonzaga (1-2) and Eastern Washington (0-4). The 'Dogs (0-3) are set to play the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Friday at 4 p.m. on the Gonzaga Soccer Field, and then take on the Eagles two days later at 11 a.m. on Reese Court.
This is a weekend of firsts for the Fresno State soccer team. Friday's competition will mark the first women's soccer match between Fresno State and Gonzaga. Sunday's game between the Bulldogs and the Eagles is also a first for the record books.
About the Zags (1-2)
Gonzaga dropped its previous two games to Tulsa (3-0) and Oklahoma State (2-1) after opening its season with a 1-0 win over Eastern Washington. The Bulldogs are led by Mikayla Anderson and Emily Eckmann with one goal apiece this season. Gonzaga finished its 2012 season 8-11-1 and eighth in the West Coast Conference.
About the Eagles (0-4)
Eastern Washington is also in search of its first win of the season after loses to Gonzaga (1-0), Seattle (2-0), Nevada (2-0) and Washington State (1-0). Junior Haley Stading leads the Eagles with nine shots this season. Eastern Washington finished sixth in the Big Sky in 2012 with an overall record of 6-8-4.
Castain Leads the 'Dogs
After three games senior Morgan Castain leads the Bulldogs with seven shots, two of which were on goal. Fellow seniors Lauren Lindstrom and Megan Mossman trail Castain with four shots apiece. All four of Lindstrom's shots have been on goal.
Wilson Records First Minutes
Redshirt freshman Alyssa Wilson recorded her first minutes in a Bulldog uniform against No. 23 Santa Clara last Saturday. Wilson started the second half of the game and recorded eight saves off of 15 second half shots to send the game into overtime.
On Aug. 31, 4,328 fans showed up to cheer on the Bulldogs as they took on Santa Clara! In an attempt to break the national attendance record for a regular season women's soccer game the Redwave helped break the attendance record for a Fresno State women's soccer game!
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 11 saves so far this season, DeVault currently sits at 239 career saves, just two saves out of third and 51 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 all three 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.
'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.
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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