Soccer Opens Mountain West Play This Weekend
Sept. 26, 2012
By Stephanie Juncker
By Stephanie Juncker
FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State soccer team has one non-conference game remaining before opening play in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs will travel to face No. 25/16 Santa Clara on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium. Then Fresno State will host its first-ever Mountain West match on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium against Air Force.
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About the Broncos (6-2-3)
Santa Clara enters Thursday's match with the Bull¬dogs as a nationally ranked squad that has won four out of its last five by a combined score of 10-3. In his 26th season leading the Broncos, Jerry Smith's high powered offense has scorers coming from all different directions with 10 different Broncos scoring goals this season. In net for the Broncos is fresh¬man Andi Tostanoski, who has four shutouts thus far this season.
Against the Broncos
The Broncos have had the Bulldogs number in the four matches the teams have played which have all taken place in Santa Clara. The last meeting occurred in the 2005 NCAA Tournament on Nov. 11 in Santa Clara. It was a first round matchup for the Bulldogs against the then-No. 5 Broncos, who went on to win 5-0.
About the Falcons (5-2-3)
Air Force will welcome the 'Dogs to the Mountain West in Bulldog Stadium coming off a victory over Sam Houston State. Head coach Larry Friend is in his fourth year as head coach and 15th year with the Falcons program. Senior Stephanie Patterson leads the Falcons in scoring with five goals. The Falcons have recorded one goal more and four shots less than the Bulldogs this season. Air Force's goalie Kelly Stambaugh is second in the Mountain West in GAA, only giving up six goals this season.
Against the Falcons
The Bulldogs and Falcons have only faced one another twice in history prior to Fresno State joining the Mountain West Conference with the 'Dogs having a 2-0 series advantage. The teams met up a season ago in Colorado Springs with the Bulldogs coming out with a 2-0 victory. Sunday's matchup marks the first Mountain West game of the season for both squads.
Best of the West
Sophomore Katie DeVault returned this year for the 'Dogs between the pipes. After six weeks of action, she leads the Mountain West in saves (67) and saves per game (6.09). The closest competitor in the Mountain West is Dana Moreno who has 52 saves. DeVault re¬corded a monstrous 24 saves during week two when she set the school record for single game saves (12) in back-to-back games. DeVault recorded her first shutout of the season in the team's 3-0 victory over CSU Bakersfield.
Forward Callie Hancock added to her season scoring total in Week 6 with goals in back-to-back games for the third time this season. Hancock joins teammate Katie DeVault at the top of the conference leaderboard with 39 shots and 3.55 shots per game. She also sits third in goals (6) and goals per game(.55).
Valley Cup Stays in Fresno
With a 3-0 victory over CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 21, the 'Dogs kept the Valley Cup in Fresno. The Bulldogs have won three out of the last four meetings between the Valley squads, therefore keeping the Cup in Fresno.
Senior Kayla Kret recorded her first goal of the season and the Bulldogs first game winning goal by thinking smart and using her head against the Roadrunners. Kret got her head on the end of a corner kick from teammate Nadia Pearl to put the 'Dogs up 1-0 over CSU Bakersfield.
Myers Making Moves
Junior midfielder Shonice Myers has moved into the top ten for assists in the Mountain West rankings. Myers added to her season total in the Bulldogs 3-0 win over CSU Bakersfield. She found fellow junior Tara Boynton sprinting down the center of the field and crossed the ball past two defenders, setting Boynton up for an easy score. Myers leads the Bulldogs with three assists.
'Dogs Picked Third
The Bulldogs are picked to finish third in the Mountain West by a voting panel of the eight Mountain West head women's soccer coaches. Defending conference champion New Mexico is the favorite heading into the season with five first place votes followed by San Diego State who recieved two first place votes. Fresno State received the final first place vote.
The 'Dogs add 10 new faces to the roster this season. This includes one transfer, two local products, five other Californians, and one Swede. Seven of the newcomers have seen game action and have combined for a total of 28 starts.
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