The Fresno State soccer team kicks off its four-game road swing with Sacramento State and Pepperdine this weekend.
Sept. 18, 2013
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Game 8 Fresno State (3-4) vs. Sacramento State (3-4)
Sept. 20, 2013 (4 p.m. PT)
Sacramento, Calif. --- Hornet Field
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Game 9 Fresno State (3-4) vs. Pepperdine (4-2-1)
'Dogs Hit the Road
Sept. 22, 2013 (1 p.m. PT)
Malibu, Calif. --- Tari Frahm Rokus Field
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After splitting two games last week, the Bulldogs (3-4) hit the road this weekend for their first two games of a four-game road swing. Fresno State first heads north to play Sacramento State (3-4) this Friday, Sept. 20 on Hornet Field at 4 p.m. The 'Dogs then turn around and head back south on Sunday, Sept. 22 to take on Pepperdine (4-2-1) at 1 p.m. on Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif.
The Bulldogs lead Sacramento State with a 10-5 series record. Fresno State won the last match over the Hornets 2-0 on Sept. 4, 2011. This will be just the fifth time that the Bulldogs have played Pepperdine. The Waves lead the series 1-2-1 and the last time the two teams faced each other the game ended in a 1-1 draw in double overtime in Bulldog Stadium. The last time the 'Dogs faced both Sacramento State and Pepperdine in the same season (2011) the Bulldogs went 11-5-5 and made it to the conference championship game.
About the Hornets (3-4)
Sacramento State split two games last weekend with a 1-0 home win over Fresno Pacific and a 2-3 loss to Nevada. The Hornets also have wins over Bakersfield and Mountain West conference opponent San Jose State. Scoring over half of the Hornets goals, freshman forward Alyssa Anderson leads Sacramento State with four goals this season.
About the Waves (4-2-1)
Pepperdine started its season with a 1-1 draw to No. 18 California and then took two straight wins over Wright State and No. 19 Texas A&M. After dropping their next two games to No. 11 Michigan and Toledo, the Waves (4-2-1) notched wins over No. 23 USC and San Diego State. Pepperdine's is led by sophomore Lynn Williams with eight goals and one assist.
Lindstrom Scores First Goal of the Season
Lindstrom led the Bulldogs to their third win and second shutout of the season over UC Riverside. The senior defender scored the game-winning goal in the 8th minute of overtime play with a header off a corner kick to secure the Bulldogs 1-0 win over the Highlanders on Sept. 13. This was Lindstrom's fifth career goal, and fourth career game-winning goal. Lindstrom leads the Bulldogs with a seven shots on goal, and SOG percentage of .778.
Castain and Holmes Sweep MW Weekly Honors
Senior Morgan Castain was named Mountain West Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Ariana Holmes earned MW Defensive Player of the Week honors for matches played Sept. 3 through Sept. 8. It is the second-career MW weekly accolade for Castain, and first for Holmes. Castain and Holmes had a foot on every scoring play, combining for three goals and three assists as the 'Dogs went 2-0 with wins over Gonzaga (1-0) and Eastern Washington (3-2 OT). Holmes scored the game-winning goal against Gonzaga off a free kick in the 24th minute to pick up 1-0 victory. Holmes went on to assist on two goals against Eastern Washington, including setting up Castain for the game-winning goal in the second overtime period to secure the 3-2 victory. Castain totalled five points over the weekend (2 goals, 1 assist).
DeVault in the Record Books
DeVault recorded her 12th career shutout against UC Riverside on Sept. 13 and now sits just one shutout off of the fourth all-time Fresno State record of 13 shutouts. DeVault also sits solely in the third spot on the Fresno State all-time saves list with 258 career saves. The junior goalkeeper has a total of 30 saves so far this season and is now just 32 saves shy of Kaitlyn Revel (2007-2010), who sits second all-time record with 290 saves.
Castain Leads the 'Dogs
After five games senior Morgan Castain leads the Bulldogs with three goals, one assists, seven points and 14 shots. Castain is tied at fourth with most goals in the Mountain West. Jacyee Bingham trails Castain with 10 shots this season, while Lindstrom has nine shots with seven on goal.
Freshmen Making an Impact
Freshmen Alyssa Holsworth and Holmes have started in all seven matches of the 2013 season and Amanda Nunes has started in six games. Holmes scored her first collegiate goal against Gonzaga for the win and had two assists in the victory over Eastern Washington on Sept. 8. Holsworth and Nunes have combined for eight shots so far this season.
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 67 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 as freshmen in 2013. Their experience and fresh talent look to add some depth to the Fresno State roster this year.
'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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