Soccer to Play in Husky/Nike Invitational

Aug. 29, 2012

By Stephanie Juncker

Weekly Release

Mountain West Weekly Release No. 2

FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State soccer team will travel to Seattle this weekend in sights of the 'Dogs first win on the season in the Husky/Nike Invitational. The Bulldogs will take on No. 20/23 Portland Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. and host team Washington on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., both on the Husky Soccer Field.

Heading into the Husky/Nike Invitational, senior Callie Hancock and sophomore Katie DeVault lead the team in goals and saves respectively. The 'Dogs are looking to put a W in the win column after starting out 0-2-2 on the season thus far. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

About the Pilots (2-1-0)
The Portland Pilots enter this weekend's game with the 'Dogs after defeating Oregon 2-0 at home in its last contest. Head coach Garrett Smith is in his tenth year leading his alma mater. The team has returned seven starters from a team that made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Pilots have already knocked off the then No. 4 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels 1-0 in their season opener this year.

Against the Pilots
The Pilots and Bulldogs have only met twice all-time and Portland leads the series 2-0. In both matches, the 'Dogs lost 1-0 in closely contested games. The last time the teams met was on Sept. 21, 2003.

About the Huskies (3-0-0)
The Washington Huskies are off to their best start since 2008 at 3-0. Head coach Lesle Gallimore is in her 19th season with UW, which is the longest tenure of any coach in the PAC 12. Junior Lindsay Elston and sophomore Chelsea Archer lead the Huskies with two goals each in games this season. Washington has outscored their opponents 7-1 in three games thus far.

Against the Huskies
The matchup with the Huskies on Sunday will only be the second meeting between the two squads. The only other time Fresno State and Washington met, the Huskies defeated the 'Dogs 3-0 on their home turf.

DeVault Shuts Down the Competition
Sophomore Katie DeVault had an extraordinary weekend between the posts for the Bulldogs in week two. She recorded a total of 24 saves in two games, 12 coming in each. This tied the Fresno State school record for saves in a single game.

Second Soccer Sysco S-A of the Week
The soccer team netted its second Fresno State Sysco Student-Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week. After week one of the regular season, senior Callie Hancock garnered the award after scoring both of the Bulldog goals in the first two games. After week two, sophomore Katie DeVault fittingly won the award after a fantastic showing in which she tied the school record twice in two games.

Best of the West
Sophomore Katie DeVault returned this year for the 'Dogs between the pipes. After two weeks of action, she leads the Mountain West in saves (35) and saves per game (8.75). The closest competitor is Air Force's Kelly Stambaugh who has 19 saves on the year. DeVault recorded a monstorous 24 saves during week two.

Kiwi Kickin' It At FIFA U-20 World Cup
Sophomore Nadia Pearl will return to the 'Dogs soon with some top quality international experience after participating in the FIFA U-20 World Cup which took place in Japan at the end of August. She was named to the Junior Football Ferns for her home country of New Zealand. New Zealand was grouped with host country Japan, Mexico, and Switzerland in Group A. Pearl saw action in all three contests, including starting for New Zealand in their match against Japan. She recorded a total of 90 minutes throughout the tournament. New Zealand was eliminated after the group stage after they finished third in Group A.

Lindstrom Strikes Off Corner
Junior Lauren Lindstrom scored her first goal of the season against CSU Northridge off of a corner kick from teammate Shonice Myers. Despite being a defender, the 'Dogs were down 1-0 when all players were pressing up and Lindstrom was able to strike the ball well to get it past the keeper.

Gibson Returns
Sophomore Michelle Gibson made her return to the pitch against CSU Northridge after a season ending injury just last year. She saw just shy of a half's action with 41 minutes in her season debut. She was pain-free and is excited about the rest of the season.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics" -- Remember to wear your Bulldog red on Aug. 31 for College Colors Day to support your Fresno State Bulldogs. Fans can participate in a photo contest for free tickets and parking passes to a home football game. To enter your business, send photos of your office space decked out in Bulldog red, which can easily be done with a Gameday in a Box available for $125 in person at The Bulldog Shop. Photos should be sent to Hank Charles at by 12 p.m. on Aug. 31. The winner will be drawn that afternoon.