Coming off four straight home wins, the Bulldogs hit the road to face Wyoming and Air Force for a pair of Mountain West road matches this weekend.
Oct. 16, 2013
Weekly Release | Mountain West Weekly Release
Game 16 Fresno State (7-7-1, 4-2 MW) vs. Wyoming (6-8-1, 3-2 MW)
Oct. 18, 2013 (2 p.m. PT)
Laramie, Wyo. --- Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex
Series Record: 2-0
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
Coverage: Mountain West Network
Game 17 Fresno State (7-7-1, 4-2 MW) vs. Air Force (2-8-1, 1-2 MW)
Oct. 20, 2013 (11a.m. PT)
Colorado Springs, Colo. --- Cadet Soccer Stadium
Series Record: 3-0
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
Coverage: Mountain West Network
'Dogs Set for Wyoming and Air Force
The Bulldogs (7-7-1, 4-2 MW) are coming off of two conference wins over Utah State (1-0, OT) and Boise State (2-1) last weekend. Fresno State recorded its fourth shutout of the year over the Aggies on Oct. 11, and won its fourth straight game in Bulldog Stadium with a win over Boise State on Oct. 13. This is the longest win streak the 'Dogs have had since 2010. The Bulldogs now sit in a three-way tie for first in the Mountain West with San Diego State and New Mexico State, each team has 12 points in conference play. Fresno State next plays Wyoming (6-8-1, 3-2 MW) on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex at 2p.m., and then takes on Air Force (2-8-1, 1-2 MW) at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20.
Head-to-Head with Wyoming and Air Force
Fresno State is undefeated against Wyoming and Air Force, winning all five games against the two teams. The Bulldogs hold a 2-0 record over Wyoming- with both victories coming on the road in Laramie, Wyo. The 'Dogs lead Air Force with a 3-0 series record. When the two teams played last year in Bulldog Stadium, Fresno State won 3-0.
About the Cowgirls (6-8-1, 3-2 MW)
Wyoming handed San Diego State its first conference loss of the season last weekend with a 2-1 victory, breaking the Aztecs 14-game conference win streak. The Cowgirls also defeated New Mexico 3-2 in double overtime on Oct. 11. In addition Wyoming has wins over Drake, TCU, Omaha and Colorado State this season. Senior forward Lucie McDowell leads the Cowgirls with seven goals and 16 points this season.
About the Falcons (2-8-1, 1-2 MW)
Air Force is coming off of two losses to San Diego State and New Mexico last weekend. The Falcons two previous games against Utah State on Oct. 4 and match at Boise State Oct. 6 were both postponed due to the government shutdown. Air Force has two victories in its 11-game season, with wins over Grand Canyon and first-year program Colorado State. The Falcons have a total of six goals this season, coming from six different players.
DeVault Earns MW POW for 2nd Consecutive Week
Fresno State junior Katie DeVault was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the week for the second consecutive week on Oct.14.The junior goalkeeper recorded seven saves over the weekend, that led the Bulldogs to a pair of conference wins at home over Utah State (1-0, OT) and Boise State (2-1) to improve the 'Dogs record to 7-7-1, 4-2 MW. With four saves against Utah State, DeVault helped the Bulldogs to their fourth shutout of the year over the Aggies. DeVault also recorded three saves in Fresno State's victory over Boise State on Sunday and led the 'Dogs to their fourth straight conference win.
DeVault in the Record Books
After 15 games DeVault leads the Mountain West with 69 saves this season and ranks 54th in the country. Her save percentage of .821 ranks second in MW and 73rd nationally. DeVault now sits solely in second on the Fresno State all-time saves list with 297 career saves. The junior goalkeeper recorded her 13th career shutout against Utah State on Oct. 11 which ranks tied for fourth on the Fresno State all-time list.
Castain Leads the MW
The senior midfielder leads the Bulldogs with nine goals, two assists, 20 points and 43 shots this season. Castain's nine goals ranks tied for first in the Mountain West and 42nd nationally. Her goals/game average of .600 ranks second in the MW and 69th in the county. With 20 points this season, Castain sits second in the MW and 62nd nationally.
Castain and DeVault Earn MW Weekly Awards
On Oct. 7 Fresno State swept the MW Player of the Week awards for the second time this season. Senior Morgan Castain was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the week, and junior Katie DeVault was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the week after two home wins over Nevada and UNLV. This was the third career MW weekly award for Castain, and the second for DeVault. Castain was also named Fresno State Sysco Student-Athlete of the Week and named MW Player of the week by College Sports Madness for her outstanding performance. Castain totalled three goals in two games, including the game-winning goal in the 99th minute of overtime to get a 1-0 victory over UNLV on Oct. 6. DeVault helped the Bulldogs to their third shutout of the season over UNLV, while only allowed one goal while recording 11 saves against the Wolf Pack and the Rebels.
Castain and Holmes Sweep MW Weekly Honors
On Oct. 9 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 was 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.
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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