Soccer Hits the Road in Mountain West Play

Oct. 17, 2012

By Stephanie Juncker

Weekly Release

Mountain West Weekly Release No. 10

FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State soccer team hits the road this weekend for two of the final three games left in the regular season. The Bulldogs will take on Boise State Friday at 3 p.m. PT and then will travel to Reno to face Nevada on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT.

The race for a Mountain West championship and bid into the Mountain West tournament has heated up. San Diego State is the only team to have secured a spot in the tournament with 12 points, going 4-0 in MW play. Fresno State is in a three-way tie for second with UNLV and New Mexico. Each team has seven points. Boise State and Nevada are in a tie just behind the second place tie with six points, just one point shy of second. Each team has three conference games remaining; two this weekend, followed by a single game the next.


DeVault Passes 100
Goalkeeper Katie DeVault surpased the 100 saves mark against San Diego State. She currently sits fourth all-time in total saves in Fresno State history with 210. DeVault is two saves shy of her total from a season ago, making it back-to-back season with over 100 saves. The last Bulldog goal keeper to have over 100 saves in back to back seasons was Jennifer Johnstone in the `97 and `98 seasons. DeVault is just 26 saves away from breaking Johnstone's 15-year old single season saves record of 129 saves.

Hancock Scores Another
Senior Callie Hancock once again found a way to score against a tough opponent putting the 'Dogs up early against No. 7/13 San Diego State in Bulldog Stadium. The goal was her eighth of the season and 22nd of her career. With the goal, Hancock passed Ali Sill on the all-time points leaderboard. She now sits tied for sixth with Reyna Green with 50 points. Hancock also sits tied for 76th in the country with her eight goals.

About the Broncos (7-8-1; 2-2-0 MW)
Entering the match, Boise State sits right behind the Bulldogs in the Mountain West Standings. The Broncos are one point shy of the three-way tie for second place. The Broncos are coming off 2-0 week¬end in the Mountain West and most recently a last second victory in double overtime over Wyoming. The Broncos leading scorer is Shannon Schueren who has recorded six goals and two assists on the season. In net for the Broncos is Maddy McDevitt leading the team to five shutouts and 58 saves.

Against the Broncos
The Broncos and Bulldogs have met a fair share of times with the 'Dogs gaining the slight edge 6-4-2. The teams last met in 2010 in a double overtime 2-2 draw in Boise.

About the Wolf Pack (6-8-1; 2-2-0 MW)
Nevada also enters the match after a 2-0 weekend on the road in the Mountain West. Their win over Wyoming snapped a four game losing streak. Head coach Melissa Price is in her third season and has already doubled the Wolf Pack's wins from a season ago. Leading Nevada is Chrisalyn Fonte who has five goals and three assists and is tied for seventh in points in the MW. In goal, Dana Moreno sits behind Katie DeVault in saves (75) and saves/game (5.00)

Against the Wolf Pack
The Bulldogs have dominated the all-time series against the Wolf Pack leading 21-1-2. The 'Dogs have not lost to Nevada since 2005, going 7-0-2 since then. The teams met last season on Oct. 28th with the 'Dogs coming out on top 2-1 in Reno.

Top 'Dog in NCAA
Katie DeVault remains amongst the top goalkeepers in the NCAA. After arguably the toughest back-to-back game stretch of the season, DeVault has now recorded 104 saves on the season. This now ties her with Xavier's Katie Markesbery and Towson's Erin Quinn for seventh in the NCAA. Leading the pack is Caitlin Cody of Charleston Southern with 129 saves.

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.

Myers and Mossman Making Moves
Juniors Shonice Myers and Megan Mossman are tied for tenth in the Mountain West in assists with three a piece. The pair also lead the Bulldogs in assists. Myers also added a pair of goals in the Bulldogs' first Mountain West game against Air Force.

Best of the West
Sophomore Katie DeVault returned this year for the 'Dogs between the pipes. After nine weeks of ac¬tion, she leads the Mountain West in saves (104) and saves per game (6.50). The closest competitor in the Mountain West is Nevada's Dana Moreno who has 75 saves. Junior defender Kayla Kret is tied for the lead in the Mountian West in conference games only with two assists with SDSU's Megan Jurado.

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