Last season the Bulldogs were 4-4 in regular season WAC play.
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Fresno State will open WAC play with a pair of matches on the road. The Bulldogs will travel to Rice and Tulsa, which they have a combined record of 4-2 against all-time.
What Just Happened
Fresno State continued its skid last weekend against Pacific and Cal Poly. FS hosted Pacific last Friday and seemed to be on its way to its first home victory of the season, but a late Tiger rally spoiled those plans. UOP scored twice in the last 12 minutes to force overtime. In overtime, Pacific scored the winning goal just under three minutes into the period. Katri Nokso-Koivisto had a goal and an assist in the loss. Her five goals are already tied with the two leading Bulldog goal scorers from last season. She needs just one more point to match the Sayegusa's total from last season. Against Cal Poly last Sunday, FS could never get its offense going, attempting just five shots, which was the lowest total since opening day. Sophomore midfielder Koleen Anderson was the only Fresno State player to attempt more than one shot. Nokso-Koivisto, who leads the Bulldogs in shot attempts this season, was held to zero shots on the afternoon.
All-time Against Rice
The Bulldogs are 1-0 against Rice. The only meeting being a 1-0 victory at Bulldog Stadium last season. FS registered season highs in that meeting, firing 22 shots with 14 being on goal. Forwards Reyna Green scored the only goal of the match to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 victory. Goalkeeper Mary-tyler Wahl saved four shots to post the shutout. Four different FS players attempted at least three shots on the afternoon.
All-Time Against Tulsa
Fresno State has a 3-2 edge over Tulsa all-time. The two have faced four times in the past two years, splitting those matches. In those two years they have faced the loser of the first match has come back to knock the other out at the WAC Championships. Last season the Bulldogs eliminated the Golden Hurricane in the first round. Fresno State seemed to be in control, scoring two goals in the first half by Aimee Thompson and Angela Tafolla. The Golden Hurricane came back and tied the match with 10 minutes left. The Bulldogs wouldn't be denied, however, as Aimee Thompson connected with Erin Sayegusa for the decisive goal at the 82-minute mark.
All-Time Against the WAC
FS is 17-16-3 all-time in regular season WAC play. Against current WAC teams, the Bulldogs hold a 17-14-4 record, including WAC tournament matches. The Bulldogs have losing records against just two current WAC teams, SMU (1-6) and Boise State (0-1). The Bulldogs' most common foe and also the one they've had the most success is San Jose State. FS is 6-2-1 against the Spartans. Against Tulsa, Rice, Nevada and Hawai'i, the Bulldogs have a combined 10-5-3 mark.
What About the Road?
Fresno State is 0-6 on the road this season. In those six matches, FS has been outscored 20-4, including three shutouts. The six-match losing streak matches a program high set last season by the Bulldogs. Fresno State's win came against Southern Utah in a neutral site. Kortney Lewis and Katri Nokso-Koivisto have been the bright spots for the Bulldogs on the road so far. In the six road matches, the pair have combined for four goals and one assist. Lewis has accounted for three of the goals and the assist for seven points on the road this season.
At Bulldog Stadium
The Bulldogs are 0-3 at home this season, losing matches to No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Cal and Pacific. It marks the first ever, FS has lost three straight at home. In those two matches, FS was outscored 10-3. The third-ranked Bruins and fourth-ranked Cal were the highest ranked foes ever faced at home by a Bulldog squad. Fresno State closed out its home schedule on a positive note last year with a 3-2 victory against Nevada, Oct. 21. The Bulldogs finished the season 4-2 mark at home with a 2-2 record against WAC opponents. The Bulldog defense was especially tough at home allowing only 1.2 goals per match. Junior goalkeeper Mary-tyler Wahl posted a 1.11 GAA at home with 24 saves including a shutout against Rice.