Oct. 23, 2013
Game 18 Fresno State (8-7-2, 5-2-1 MW) vs. Colorado State (2-11-2, 1-7 MW)
Oct. 25, 2013 (7 p.m. PT)
Fresno, Calif. --- Bulldog Stadium
Series Record: 0-0
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
Coverage: Mountain West Network
'Dogs Host Colorado State for Senior Night
The Bulldogs (8-7-2, 5-2-1 MW) are coming off scoreless draw at Wyoming (0-0, 2OT) and a double-overtime victory at Air Force (2-1, 2OT) last weekend. Fresno State recorded its fifth shutout of the year over the Cowgirls on Oct. 18 and ran its unbeaten streak to six games with a win over Air Force on Oct. 20. With 16 points in the Mountain West, the Bulldogs rank third behind San Diego State and New Mexico who are tied at first with 18 points. The 'Dogs have two games left on their regular season schedule and host first-year program Colorado State this Friday, Oct. 25 at 7p.m. for Senior Night in Bulldog Stadium.
In addition to Senior Night, Friday is Greek Night and scarf giveaway in Bulldog Stadium. Get to the game early, the first 150 fans to the game will receive a free Fresno State scarf and the first 100 Greek fans in attendance will receive a free Greek shirt. The Greek house with the most attendance will win a $250 gift card to Best Buy, there will also be a chance to win a $100 gift card at halftime.
Fresno State's six seniors- Tara Boynton, Morgan Castain, Kayla Kret, Lauren Lindstrom, Megan Mossman, and Shonice Myers will all be honored in a pregame ceremony before the match on Friday. Riley Fielder will also be honored with the seniors on Friday night.
Head-to-Head with Colorado State
This will be the first-ever matchup of Fresno State and Colorado State. The Rams joined the Mountain West for its inaugural soccer season in 2013 under head coach Bill Hempen (278-198-46).
About the Rams (2-11-2, 1-7 MW)
After playing 15 games Colorado State has won two games so far in its inaugural season. The Rams have wins over Lubbock Christian and conference opponent Nevada. Erika Bratschun and Sasha Pchenitchnikova lead the Ram's with two goals apiece in 2013.
DeVault Earned Third Straight MW Weekly Honor
Junior goalkeeper Katie DeVault earned her third straight MW weekly accolade on Oct. 21 for matches played Oct. 15 through Oct. 20. DeVault Recorded 15 saves over the weekend to help guide Fresno State to a scoreless draw at Wyoming on Oct. 18 and a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Air Force on Oct. 20. DeVault led Fresno State with 11 saves in the Bulldogs 0-0 draw at Wyoming, recording her fourth shutout of the season and 14th of her career. The junior goalkeeper then made four saves, including a crucial one in overtime in the win over the Falcons, as the Bulldogs ran their unbeaten streak to six games.
DeVault in the Record Books
After 17 games DeVault leads the Mountain West with 84 saves this season and ranks 33rd in the country. Her save percentage of .840 ranks first in MW and T-38th nationally. DeVault now sits solely in second on the Fresno State all-time saves list with 312 career saves. The junior goalkeeper recorded her 14th career shutout against Wyoming on Oct. 18 which ranks fourth on the Fresno State all-time list.
Castain Leads the MW
The senior midfielder leads the Bulldogs with 10 goals, two assists, 22 points and 48 shots this season. Castain's 10 goals ranks tied for first in the Mountain West and 42nd nationally. Her goals/game average of .600 ranks second in the MW and T- 42nd in the county. With 22 points this season, Castain sits second in the MW.
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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