Oct. 4, 2012
By Stephanie Juncker
By Stephanie Juncker
FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State soccer team is set for its first road test in the Mountain West as the Bulldogs face Wyoming in Laramie on Saturday at 10 a.m. The 'Dogs shutout Air Force 3-0 in their first-ever Mountain West game less than a week ago.
After a weekend on the road, the Bulldogs will host two MW opponents at home in Bulldog Stadium on Friday, Oct. 12 against New Mexico and Sunday, Oct. 14 against San Diego State. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
About the Cowgirls (7-3-2)
Wyoming enters the match coming off a road tie in its opening Mountain West game against UNLV. Prior to the tie, the Cowgirls were on a seven game win streak. Head Coach Pete Cuadrado is in his first season leading the Cowgirls, who have posted a 6-1 record at home this season. Wyoming's Sara Paul leads the nation with 10 assists on the year and 13 different Cowgirls have scored the team's 27 goals on the season.
Against the Cowgirls
The Bulldogs and Cowgirls have met once, coming in September of 2007. The 'Dogs topped the Cow-girls 1-0 on the road in Laramie.
Best of the West
Sophomore Katie DeVault returned this year for the 'Dogs between the pipes. After seven weeks of action, she leads the Mountain West in saves (84) and saves per game (6.09). The closest competitor in the Mountain West is Nevada's Dana Moreno who has 64 saves. DeVault recorded her first shutout of the season in the team's 3-0 victory over CSU Bakersfield and then played 84 minutes in the 'Dogs 3-0 win over Air Force.
Forward Callie Hancock added to her season scoring total in Week 7 with the game winner against Air Force. She also added an assist for the first time this season against then-No. 25/16 Santa Clara. Hancock joins teammate Katie DeVault at the top of the conference leaderboard with 44 shots and second with 3.38 shots per game. She also sits third in goals (7) and goals per game (.54).
Sixth in Saves
Goalkeeper Katie DeVault's 84 saves ranks her tied for sixth in the country. Howard's Kyra Dickinson leads the county with 110 saves.
In the Bulldogs first Mountian West game, junior Shonice Myers not only scored her first-ever career goal, but added a second less than four minutes after the first. Adding three assists from this season, which ranks tied for eighth in the Mountain West, Myers ranks t-second on the team in points with seven.
Castain Adds Goal
Morgan Castain gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the first half of the 'Dogs game against then-No. 25/16 Santa Clara. This goal moved her season total to three, which ranks second behind senior Callie Hancock. Along with an assist, Castain has tallied seven points this season which is tied for second on the team with Shonice Myers.
Pearl Plays Key Role
Since returning from the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Nadia Pearl has been a staple for the Fresno State team. She has started in all nine games since her return. Against then-No. 25/16 Santa Clara, Pearl scored the game tying goal 18 seconds after the Broncos had taken a 2-1 lead. Pearl's goal forced overtime against the nationally-ranked squad. The goal was the second of the season for Pearl, who also has an assist this year. She ranks fourth on the team with five points and is one of only four 'Dogs to score more than once.
'Dogs Picked Third
The Bulldogs are picked to finish third in the Mountain West by a voting panel of the eight Mountain West head women's soccer coaches. Defending conference champion New Mexico is the favorite heading into the season with five first place votes followed by San Diego State who recieved two first place votes. Fresno State received the final first place vote.
Mossman Moves into Mountain West Rankings
Junior Megan Mossman added another assist to her resume in the 'Dogs matchup against Air Force. She found Shonice Myers in front of the goal for her second goal of the game. Mossman has three assists on the season, which is tied for the most on the team and eighth in the Mountain West rankings.
DeVault Hits Milestone
In the 'Dogs 3-0 shutout victory over Air Force in Fresno State's first Mountain West match, DeVault surpassed 200 career saves and currently sits fourth all-time with 201.
Climbing All-Time Records
Senior Callie Hancock looks to continue climbing the all-time Fresno State record books with six regular season game remaining in her college career. Hancock is three goals shy of moving inside the top five goal scorers list and just six points short of jumping two spots on the points leaderboard. Hancock also holds the single season shots on goal record from a season ago with 37 SOG. She currently has 21 SOG this season.
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