The Fresno State soccer team wraps up its regular season at San Jose State this Friday at 7 p.m.
Oct. 30, 2013
Weekly Release | Mountain West Weekly Release
Game 19 Fresno State (9-7-2, 6-2-1 MW) vs. San Jose State (3-11-2, 1-7 MW)
Nov. 1, 2013 (7 p.m. PT)
San Jose, Calif. --- Spartan Stadium
Series Record: 14-6-2
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
Coverage: Mountain West Network
'Dogs on a Roll
The Bulldogs ran their unbeaten streak to seven games with a 3-0 shutout over Colorado State on Senior Night last Friday, Oct. 25. This marked Fresno State's sixth shutout of the year. The final home win of the season was one for the record books, marking their fifth straight win in Bulldog Stadium of the season, the 'Dogs collectively tied the Fresno State all-time record of consecutive home wins (5). The only other time this was done was in 1997 and 1998. The Bulldogs look to continue their steak as they close out their regular season play at San Jose State this Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.
Head-to-Head with San Jose State
The Bulldogs are going up against one if their oldest rivals this weekend, San Jose State. Since Fresno State's inaugural season in 1995, the Bulldogs have faced the Spartans every year except last year in 2012. The 'Dogs lead the series with the Spartans 14-6-2, with six of the victories coming on San Jose's home field. The last time the two teams faced on Oct. 8, 2011, the Bulldogs won 1-0 at Spartan Stadium.
About the Spartans (3-13-1, 2-6-1MW)
San Jose State has two conference victories in its first year in the Mountain West under head coach Jeff Leightman. The Spartans have found wins over UNLV and Colorado State. San José State shut out Colorado State by a 1-0 margin on Sunday, Oct. 27, with a goal in the 55th minute by freshman Alexis Venegas. The Spartans also had a nonconference win over Pacific earlier in their season. Sophomore Lupita Estrada leads the team with four goals after 17 games in 2013.
Castain Leads the MW
After leading the Bulldogs to a 3-0 victory over Colorado State with a standout two-goal performance on Senior Night, the senior midfielder leads the Bulldogs with 12 goals, two assists, 26 points and 54 shots this season. Castain's 12 goals ranks tied for first in the Mountain West and T-27th nationally. Her goals/game average of .667 ranks also ranks first in the MW and T-36th in the county. Castain also ranks first in the MW with 26 points. Castain's breakout senior season has moved her up in the Fresno State record books, on the all-time career leaders list she now ranks sixth in points (53), sixth in goals (23) and seventh in shots (134). Her penalty kick against Colorado State on Oct. 25 also puts her in the books in a 13-way tie with one penalty kick made in a single match.
DeVault in the Record Books
After 18 games DeVault ranks second in the Mountain West with 89 saves this season, which stands at 47th in the country. Her save percentage of .848 ranks first in MW and T-29th nationally. DeVault now sits solely in second on the Fresno State all-time saves list with 317 career saves. The junior goalkeeper recorded her 15th career shutout against Colorado State on Oct. 25 which ranks fourth on the Fresno State all-time list.
Comfortable in Overtime
The Bulldogs are no stranger of overtime games. They have pushed eight of their 18 matches into overtime so far this year, which sets a new Fresno State record for most overtime matches in a single season. The 'Dogs have won five of those eight overtime matches that they have been put in, which also breaks the Fresno State record for most overtime wins in a single season. The record previously was three, which was done four times.
Fresno State is currently tied with New Mexico for second in the Mountain West with 19 points. San Diego State (10-6-2, 8-1MW) clinched the regular season conference title last weekend with wins over Boise State and Utah State. The Bulldogs have already clinched a berth in the MW Championship which is hosted by New Mexico this year, Nov. 5-10. The final match of regular season play this Friday will determine Fresno State's seed in the tournament.
'Dogs Earn MW Player of the Week
The Bulldogs have earned six Mountain West weekly honors this season under head coach Brian Zwaschka. Junior goalkeeper Katie DeVault was named MW Defensive Player of the Week three consecutive weeks in a row (Oct.21, Oct. 14 & Oct. 7). Senior midfielder Morgan Castain earned MW Offensive Player of the week twice, on Oct. 7 and Sept. 9. Freshman Ariana Holmes was also named MW Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9. Fresno State has swept both defensive and offensive awards twice this in 2013.
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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