Soccer Hosts No. 4/5 UCLA in Home Opener Saturday

Aug. 22, 2012

By Stephanie Juncker

Weekly Release

Mountain West Weekly Release No. 2

FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State soccer team will play two games in the second week of the regular season, including the home opener. The 'Dogs will play host to the No. 4/5 UCLA Bruins at 7 p.m. on Friday night in Bulldog Stadium. The team will hit the road again on Sunday to face CSU Northridge at 1 p.m. on the Matador Soccer Field.

The home opener on Friday night will serve as a Back to School and Greek Night with giveaways including autograph cards, Greek Life shirts, and FREE Fresno State Ice cream!

Fresno State tanks will be given to the first 100 Greeks to attend the game and Fresno State will be handed out for free to all fans. Fans are encouraged to stick around after the game, as the players will be signing autographs on Fresno State soccer cards.


About the Bruins (2-0-0) The Bruins are ranked No. 4/5 in the season polls as Head Coach Neil McGuire enters his sixth season at the helm of the Bruins. The Bruins return nine starters from a 2011 squad that posted a 12-6-4 record.

About the Matadors (2-0-0) The Matadors enter 2012 looking to build on its recent success by earning the program's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. The team returns 18 letterwinners and eight starters from last season's squad that finished 7-10-2 overall and 4-3-1 in the Big West Conference. Leading the charge for CSUN is a group of nine seniors who have helped lift the program to new heights. Cynthia Jacobo (GK) and Katie Russ (D) both were named to the 2012 All-Big West Preseason Team and anchor a perennially stringent Matador defense.

Hancock Back At It Callie Hancock led the Bulldogs during the opening weekend on the road. She recorded both of the goals scored by the 'Dogs. This moves Hancock up the Fresno State all-time goals scored list to be tied for sixth with 16 goals. Hancock will look to top her total of 12 goals a season ago.

DeVault Leads Conference Sophomore Katie DeVault returns this year for the 'Dogs between the pipes. During the opening weekend against UC Davis and San Francisco, she recorded a total of 11 saves which tops the Mountain West leaderboard.

Armstrong Assists Junior Rachel Armstrong recorded her first assist as a Bulldog against UC Davis during opening weekend. Armstrong transferred from Diablo Valley College and looks to bring plenty of experience to the Fresno State line up.

Castain Fires Away Morgan Castain is tied for fourth in the Mountain West in shots (6) after the opening weekend. She also recorded an assist in the game versus San Francisco.

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