'Dogs Face Broncos in MW Semifinals

Nov. 6, 2013

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Game 20 • Fresno State (10-7-2, 7-2-1 MW) vs. Boise State (12-6-3, 7-3-1 MW)
2013 Mountain West Soccer Championship: Semifinal Round
Nov. 7, 2013 (3 p.m. PT)
Albuquerque, N.M. --- UNM Soccer Complex
Series Record: 7-5-2
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
Coverage: Mountain West Network

2013 MW Championship
Fresno State is the No. 2 seed in the 2013 MW Championship, thanks to a 7-2-1 record in league matches. The Bulldogs (10-7-2 overall) opened MW play 0-2, but won seven of their last eight matches to finish behind the Aztecs. San Diego State, the 2013 regular-season champion and 2012 regular-season and tournament champion, earned the No. 1 seed in this year's tournament. The Aztecs finished regular-season conference play with a 9-1 record (11-6-2 overall) to capture the top spot. Both San Diego State and Fresno State earned a bye into Thursday's semifinal round. The Aztecs face No. 5 seed Utah State while the Bulldogs take on No. 3 seed Boise State in the semifinal round. The winners of Thursday's matches will face each other in the championship game, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9 at 12 p.m. PT.

'Dogs on a Roll
Fresno State won its final regular season match over San Jose State, 1-0, on Nov. 1 at Spartan Stadium to extend its unbeaten streak to eight games. The win helped the Bulldogs (10-7-2, 7-2-1 MW) grab the No. 2 seed in the 2013 Mountain West Championship and marked Fresno State's seventh shutout of the year. The Bulldogs look to continue their steak as they face No. 3 seed-Boise State in the semifinal round of the MW Championship on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. PT. in Albuquerque, N.M. at the UNM Soccer Complex.

Head-to-Head with Boise State
Fresno State leads Boise State with a 7-5-2 series record. During regular season play the 'Dogs defeated the Broncos 2-1 on Oct. 13 in Bulldog Stadium. Seniors Morgan Castain and Megan Mossmanrecorded the two goals for Fresno State in the victory, while KT Clayton had the sole goal for the Broncos.

About the Broncos (12-6-3, 7-3-1 MW)
After finishing the MW regular season with a 6-3-1 record, Boise State earned a No. 3 into the 2013 MW Championship. The Broncos defeated No. 7 seed-Wyoming 3-0 in the quarterfinal round of the MW Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to advance to face the 'Dogs. All three goals the Broncos scored came off corner kicks with two netted by senior Katy Oehring and the third by sophomore Brooke Heidemann in Boise State's victory over Wyoming.

'Dogs Dominate Postseason Honors
The Mountain West announced the 2013 Women's Soccer All-Conference teams Sunday, Nov.3. Fresno State swept three of the four most prestigious postseason awards while three Bulldogs players were named to the All-MW teams. Senior forward Morgan Castain was named Offensive Player of the Year, Bulldog defender Ariana Holmes was named Freshman of the Year and Fresno State head coach Brian Zwaschka was named Coach of the Year. San Diego State senior defender Haley Palmer earned Defensive Player of the Year. Castain and Katie DeVaultearned All-MW first-team honors, while Holmes was named to the All-MW second-team. All-MW teams and individual awards were selected by the league's 11 head coaches.

College Sports Madness
College Sports Madness named Fresno State's Morgan Castain MW Offensive Player of the Year in its postseason awards that were released on Nov. 4. In addition, the Bulldogs had five players named to the all-conference teams by College Sports Madness. Castain and junior Katie DeVault earned MW first-team honors while senior's Shonice Myers and Lauren Lindstrom along with freshman Ariana Holmeswere named to the MW second-team.

Castain Leads the MW
After leading the Bulldogs to a 3-0 victory over Colorado State with a standout two-goal performance on Oct. 25, the senior midfielder leads the 'Dogs with 12 goals, two assists, 26 points and 56 shots this season. Castain's 12 goals rank first in the Mountain West and T-41st nationally and her goals/game average of .63 ranks also ranks first in the MW. Castain also ranks first in the MW with points (26) and points/game (.63). 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) as well as sixth in shots (136). 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 19 games DeVault ranks second in the Mountain West with 91 saves this season and a save percentage of .850.The junior goalkeeper ranks third in the MW in GAA (.86) and saves/game (4.79). DeVault sits solely in second on the Fresno State all-time saves list with 319 career saves. She recorded her 15th career shutout against San Jose State on Nov. 1 which ranks fourth on the Fresno State all-time list.

Comfortable in Overtime
The Bulldogs are no stranger to overtime games. They have pushed eight of their 19 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 played 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.

Winning in Bulldog Stadium
The Bulldogs final home win of the season over Colorado State on Oct. 25 was one for the record books. The win marked their fifth straight win in Bulldog Stadium this season which tied the Fresno State all-time record of consecutive home wins (5). The only other time this was done was in the1997 and 1998 seasons.

'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 Holmeswas also named MW Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9. Fresno State has swept both defensive and offensive awards twice this in 2013.

Attendance Record
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 Red Wave helped break the attendance record for a Fresno State women's soccer game.

Lindstrom Picks up Preseason Honors
Senior Lauren Lindstromwas 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.

Six Seniors
The Bulldogs have six returning seniors leading them into their 2013 season. Tara Boynton, Morgan Castain, Kayla Kret, Lauren Lindstrom, Megan Mossman, and Shonice Myerslook to combined their experience on the field to lead the 'Dogs to a successful year.

DeVault Returns in Goal
Junior Katie DeVaultreturns 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 Holmesall join the as freshmen in 2013. Their experience and fresh talent look to add some depth to the Fresno State roster this year.

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