Soccer Closes Out Regular Season
Oct. 29, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's soccer team is set to play its final game of the 2009 regular season at San Jose State on Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs are 4-3 in conference play and 6-11 overall.
"We are ready to go to San Jose State for what might be the best match of the regular season," said head coach Brian Zwaschka. "They have been in tremendous form and will want nothing more than to continue that vein leading into the tournament and on their senior day."
The Bulldogs split last weekend's home matches after beating Idaho, 1-0, and losing to Boise State, 2-1. Claudia Cardenas scored her fifth goal of the season against Boise State while Bianca Lopez scored her first career goal against Idaho. Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Revel recorded her fourth shutout of the year and broke the all-time shutout record with her 24th career shutout.
"We have not been consistent in results but I know that is deceiving as we have played some of the best soccer of our season in recent matches," said Zwaschka. "We will look to do the same in San Jose. The team is very much looking forward to it." Friday night is the 18th meeting between the two teams. The Bulldogs lead the overall series, 15-4-1. Last season the Bulldogs won, 1-0, in overtime, in the WAC opener. Nicole Gutierrez scored the game-winning goal.
San Jose State is 10-4-3 this season and currently has a 13-game winning streak intact. It is the second longest unbeaten streak in the country behind Stanford (19-0). The Spartans are currently first in the WAC with a record of 4-0-2. San Jose State went 2-0 last weekend beating Idaho, 2-1, and CSUB, 2-0. Emmy Belding leads the team with nine goals for 18 points. Roxy Kamal leads the team in points with 20 (6 goals, 8 assists). Goalkeeper Nina Butera has 75 saves and five shutouts this year.
The Bulldogs are leading the WAC in assists with nine in conference play. Fresno State has the most assists per game in the WAC with 1.29 assists per game in WAC matches. The team is tied with New Mexico State for first for the most shutouts in WAC play with three.
"We Are Your Team"--The Bulldogs close out the regular season on the road at San Jose State on Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. The `Dogs then head to Boise, Idaho for the 2009 WAC Tournament. All the tournament matches can be seen on WAC.tv by accessing the soccer tournament package for a one-time price of $10.95. More information and how to subscribe to these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.