The Fresno State soccer team begins conference play this weekend at San Diego State and New Mexico.
Sept. 25, 2013
Weekly Release | Mountain West Weekly Release
Game 10 Fresno State (3-5-1) vs. San Diego State (2-5-2)
Sept. 27, 2013 (7 p.m. PT)
San Diego, Calif. --- SDSU Sports Deck
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
Coverage: Mountain West Network
Game 11 Fresno State (3-5-1) vs. New Mexico (2-7-1)
Sept. 29, 2013 (12 p.m. PT)
Albuquerque, N.M. --- UNM Soccer Complex
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
Coverage: Mountain West Network
'Dogs Open Mountain West Play
Fresno State opens Mountain Play this weekend with two road games. The Bulldogs first head to San Diego State (2-5-2) to play the Aztecs this Friday, Sept. 27 on the SDSU Sport Deck at 7 p.m. The 'Dogs then conclude their four game road stand at New Mexico (2-7-1) on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 12 p.m. PT at the UNM Soccer Complex.
Fresno State trails San Diego State with a 2-8 series record. The Bulldogs, in search of their first road win over the Aztecs fell to San Diego State last year 3-1. This will be just the fourth meeting of Fresno State and New Mexico. The Bulldogs lead the series 2-0-1, with one victory in Albuquerque, N.M. The last time the two teams faced each other was in 2012 and the game ended in a 1-1 draw in double overtime in Bulldog Stadium.
About the Aztecs (2-5-2)
Preseason favourite and 2012 Mountain West Champion San Diego State snapped its five-game winless streak last Friday with a 3-0 victory over San Diego. The Aztecs went on to split the weekend with a 2-1 loss to No. 16 Portland. Junior forward Hannah Keane leads the Aztecs with four goals and 10 points this season.
About the Lobos (2-7-1)
New Mexico was picked to finish second in the Mountain West with 86 first place votes. The Lobos are coming off a 2-0 loss to UC Santa Barbara and a 0-0 draw with UC Davis. With wins over New Mexico State, Rice and No. 19 Texas Tech, the Lobos are led by Dylann O'Conner with two goals. New Mexico opens conference play with San Jose State on Friday before hosting the Bulldogs on Sunday.
Kret and Rodrigues Step Up
Last weekend sophomore Dani Rodrigues and senior Kayla Kret stepped up big for the Bulldogs. Rodrigues had a foot on every scoring play for the 'Dogs, she recorded an assist the 25th minute against Sacramento State and went on to record two more over the weekend. Kret scored her first goal of the season against Sacramento State and scored Fresno State's only goal against Pepperdine with an assist from Rodrigues. Rodrigues leads the Bulldogs with four assists this season.
DeVault in the Record Books
After recording 12 saves against Pepperdine on Sept. 22, DeVault sits solely in the third spot on the Fresno State all-time saves list with 272 career saves. The junior goalkeeper has a total of 44 saves so far this season and is now just 18 saves shy of Kaitlyn Revel (2007-2010), who sits second all-time record with 290 saves. DeVault also 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
Castain Leads the 'Dogs
After five games senior Morgan Castain leads the Bulldogs with four goals, one assists, nine points and 19 shots. Castain is tied at third with most goals in the Mountain West. Jacyee Bingham and Lauren Lindstrom trail Castain with 11 shots a piece.
Freshmen Making an Impact
Freshmen Alyssa Holsworth and Holmes have started in all nine matches of the 2013 season and Amanda Nunes has started in eight 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 10 shots so far this season.
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).
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.