Soccer Back in Bulldog Stadium for Pair of MW Games
Oct. 10, 2012
By Stephanie Juncker
By Stephanie Juncker
FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State soccer team is set for a critical weekend in Mountain West play in Bulldog Stadium as the 'Dogs take on two-time defending Mountain West Champion New Mexico on Friday at 7 p.m. and current nationally-ranked San Diego State Sunday at 1 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium. All three teams are currently tied for the conference lead as each team sits at 2-0 in Mountain West play.
The Red Wave is encouraged to come out and support the 'Dogs with important conference implications on the line. Sunday's matchup with in-state rival SDSU will serve as Bring a Kid to the Game Day. An hour before kick-off (12 p.m.), a carnival atmosphere will be set up in Bulldog Stadium including a bounce house, sign making, and other carnival games. The SDSU game will also serve as the Fresno State scarf giveaway where the first 200 fans will receive a free Fresno State scarf. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Two Mountain West Players of the Week
The Fresno State soccer team netted its first two Mountain West Players of the Week after defeating Wyoming 2-0 on the road. Junior Morgan Castain was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for both Fresno State goals on her only two shot attempts, netting a goal in each half. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie DeVault was named the Co-Defensive Player of the Week after she recorded her second solo shutout of the season during which she had nine saves. DeVault has pushed her streak of shutout minutes to 173:40 over the last two games.
About the Lobos (8-4-1; 2-0-0 MW)
New Mexico enters the match on a five game shutout streak and is tied with the Bulldogs atop of the Mountain West. The Lobos haven't lost a conference matchup since Oct. 23, 2009 record¬ing a 12-0-4 record in the 16 matches in between. Leading New Mexico is Stephanie Rowe who has scored in four of the last six matches for the Lobos along with Rachael Montoya who has four goals and two assists on the season. In goal for the Lobos is Kelli Cornell who has only allowed 11 goals on the season which is third best in the Mountain West.
Against the Lobos
The Lobos and Bulldogs have only met twice all time with the 'Dogs having the 2-0 advantage. Last time out Fresno State topped New Mexico 4-2 on the road in 2004.
About the Aztecs (12-1-1; 2-0-0 MW)
San Diego State is one of the hottest teams in the country winning 12 games with only a single loss and a tie coming against ranked opponents. The Aztecs are led by Megan Jurado who has tallied nine goals and five assists this year and leads the Mountain West in points, goals, and game winning goals. Rachel Boaz is in net for SDSU and leads the MW in GAA (.50), save percentage (.857), and shutouts (7.1). The Aztec defense has only allowed seven goals on the season. SDSU has garnered eight MW player of the week awards in 2012.
Against the Aztecs
The Aztecs have had the upper hand the SDSU-FS series all-time leading the Bulldogs 7-2. The last matchup came in August of 2009 during which the Bulldogs fell 1-0 on the road.
Hello Mountain West!
Fresno State entered the 2012 season as a new member of the Mountain West Conference and kicked off in its first-ever Mountain West game against Air Force on Sept. 30. The 'Dogs defeated the Falcons 3-0. Under head coach Brian Zwaschka, the Bulldogs have won three out of four conference openers. The 'Dogs then went on the road for the first time in Mountain West play, shutting out Wyoming 2-0.
'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.
Best of the West
Sophomore Katie DeVault returned this year for the 'Dogs between the pipes. After eight weeks of action, she leads the Mountain West in saves (93) and saves per game (6.64). The closest competitor in the Moun¬tain West is Dana Moreno who has 61 saves. DeVault ranks in the top ten nationally holding down the eighth spot with the 93 saves. DeVault has led the 'Dogs with back to back shutouts and three as a team this season.
Castain Can Capitalize
Morgan Castain scored the Bulldogs' two goals in the opening road MW game against Wyoming for her third and fourth goals of the season. Castain is the second leading scorer for the 'Dogs and ranks second in points with four goals and one assist.
Senior Leads on Offense
Forward Callie Hancock added to her season points total in Week 8 with an assist to Morgan Castain in the 2-0 win over Wyoming. Hancock joins teammate Katie DeVault at the top of the conference leaderboard with 48 shots and 3.43 shots per game. She also sits third in goals (7) and goals per game (.50).
Three Soccer Sysco Student-Athletes of the Week
The soccer team netted its third Fresno State Sysco Student-Athlete of the Week this season. Most recently,Morgan Castain recieved the accolade after her two goal performance at Wyoming. After week one of the regular season, senior Callie Hancock garnered the awardafter 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.
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