Oct. 24, 2012
By Stephanie Juncker
By Stephanie Juncker
FRESNO, Calif. ---Fresno State will honor its two soccer seniors at their last game in Bulldog Stadium on Saturday when the 'Dogs take on UNLV in the last regular season game of the year at 6 p.m. The two Bulldog seniors are midfielder Vanessa Gonzalez (Clovis, Calif.) and forward Callie Hancock (Littleton, Colo.).
In addition to the senior ceremony, there will be a Halloween costume contest for all fans who come cheer on the 'Dogs in a Halloween costume. The best costume will win a Fresno State prize.
Bulldogs Punch Ticket
The Bulldogs have officially punched their ticket to play in their first-ever Mountain West Tournament. The top six teams in the conference will play in the 2012 tournament that will take place in San Diego, Calif. on the campus of San Diego State from Oct. 31- Nov. 4.
Tying School Record
With two double overtime games in week 10, Fresno State pushed their overtime game count to seven on the season. This ties the school record for overtime games in a season which has happend three other times in history, the last coming in 2010.
Shutting Down Competition
The Bulldogs recorded the team's fourth shutout game of the season in a 0-0 double overtime game against Nevada. This is Fresno State's third shutout since beginning Mountain West play which is tied for third in the conference.
Top 'Dog in NCAA
Katie DeVault remains amongst the top goalkeepers in the NCAA. DeVault has recorded 116 saves this season which is good for 11th in the NCAA. Charleston Southern's Caitlin Cody leads the country with 151 saves.
About the Rebels (10-3-4/2-1-3MW)
Entering the match, UNLV sits in fourth place in the Mountain West standings, just two points ahead of the 'Dogs. The Rebels are coming off back-to-back ties in the MW, along with an upset victory over New Mexico which ended their MW unbeaten streak dating back to 2009. UNLV's head coach Michael Coll is in his first season leading a team that has already notched ten wins on the season. Junior Jen Wolfe leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and which is second best in the MW.
Against the Rebels
The Broncos and Bulldogs have only met one time in history with each team having a win and the third game ending in a tie. The last time out was in 2005 with the Bulldogs getting a 1-0 victory on the road. The two teams have never played in Bulldog Stadium.
Best of the West
Sophomore Katie DeVault returned this year for the 'Dogs between the pipes. After ten weeks of action, she leads the Mountain West in saves (116) and saves per game (6.44). The closest competitor in the Mountain West is Nevada's Dana Moreno who has 86 saves. Senior Callie Hancock leads the MW in shots (65) and shots /game (3.61) and is third in points (18) and goals (8).
Finally Nets It!
Junior midfielder Megan Mossman notched her first career goal against Boise State in the first half. Despite close chances this season with 11 shots on goal(2nd on team), Mossman hadn't been able to find the back of the net prior to this.
DeVault Passes 100
Goalkeeper Katie DeVault surpased the 100 saves mark against San Diego State. She currently sits fourth all-time in total saves in Fresno State history with 222. DeVault surpassed her total from a season ago, making it back-to-back season with over 100 saves. The last Bulldog goal keeper to have over 100 saves in back to back seasons was Jennifer Johnstone in the `97 and `98 seasons. DeVault is just 14 saves away from breaking Johnstone's 15-year old single season saves record of 129 saves.
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