'Dogs Set For First Ever MW Tournament

Oct. 29, 2012

By Stephanie Juncker

Weekly Release

Mountain West Weekly Release No. 12

FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State Bulldogs are set to compete in their first-ever Mountain West Soccer Tournament. First up for the 'Dogs will be a rematch of the last regular season game of the year against UNLV. The teams will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 31. at 7 p.m. at the SDSU Sports Deck. The winner of the match will advance to play No. 6/11 and top-seed San Diego State on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

Bulldogs Lock In No. 5 Seed
The Bulldogs are the No. 5 seed going into the Moun¬tain West tournament. The 'Dogs finished in a tie with Nevada as each team has a 2-3-2 record in confer¬ence play. The two squads tied in their regular season meeting, meaning that the tie breaker was won by Fresno State on the basis of the goal differentials within Conference games.

'Dogs Look To Get Hot
The Bulldogs have had a tough month throughout October, going 1-3-2, but will look to end the month the way they started. The 'Dogs began the month with a 2-0 victory over MW opponent Wyoming.

Championship History
The Bulldogs have spent their entire soccer history in the WAC. They recorded a 17-13-2 record in the WAC tournament since 1995. Under head coach Brian Zwaschka, the 'Dogs have a 3-2-1 conference tourna¬ment record, with the tie resulting in a WAC Champion-ship after penalty kicks in 2010. The last time Fresno State was a No. 5 seed was in 2005 which resulted in a WAC Championship for the 'Dogs. This will be only the third time in history Fresno State enters as a No. 5 seed.

About the Rebels (11-3-4/3-1-3MW)
UNLV enters the match as the No. 4 seed in the MW Tournament. The Rebels and Bulldogs will meet Wednesday just four days after their last matchup which resulted in a 1-0 victory for UNLV. The goal¬scorer in that game was freshman Susie Bernal with their leading scorer Jenn Wolfe notching the assist. On the season, the Rebels defeated No. 2 seed New Mexico, which ended the Lobos conference win¬ning streak from 2009. In goal for the Rebels is Kyle Wassel who made six saves in the last matchup with Fresno State and has a total of 64 saves on the sea¬son, 39 of those coming in conference games only.

Against the Rebels
This will be the fifth meeting all time between the Rebels and Bulldogs and the second this year. In the matchup during the regular season, the Rebels came out with a 1-0 victory in the first matchup ever in Bulldog Stadium. Despite the loss by the 'Dogs, Fresno State ended the game with a 14-10 edge in shots and 3-2 in corners. The Bulldogs had several good chances early in the game off of corners when Vanessa Gonzalez connected with a heading Kayla Kret, but neither chance resulted in a goal.

Best of the West
Sophomore Katie DeVault returned this year for the 'Dogs between the pipes. After the entire reguar sea¬son, she leads the Mountain West in saves (120) and saves per game (6.32). The closest competitor in the Mountain West is Nevada's Dana Moreno who has 91 saves. Senior Callie Hancock leads the MW in shots (67) and shots/game (3.53) and is third in points (18) and goals (8).

Top 'Dog in NCAA
Katie DeVault remains amongst the top goalkeepers in the NCAA. DeVault has recorded 120 saves this season. She after week 10 (a week ago) she was ranked 11th in the country.

The Spread
The Bulldogs have been led offensively by Callie Hancock throughout the season with her 18 points. How¬ever, following her seven others that sits fairly even that have added to the Bulldogs offensive production. In the front of the second pack are Morgan Castain who has added four goals and an assist (9pts) and Shonice Myers who has two goals and three assists (7pts.). The 'Dogs then have five players, Vanessa Gonzalez, Lauren Lindstrom, Kayla Kret, Rachel Armstrong, and Nadia Pearl, who all have recorded a single goal and two assists (4pts).

DeVault Nears Single Season Record
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 226. DeVault surpassed 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 10 saves away from breaking Johnstone's 15-year old single season saves record of 129 saves.

Assisting the 'Dogs
Juniors Shonice Myers and Megan Mossman are tied for first for the Bulldogs in assists with three a piece on the season. Their teammate Kayla Kret leads the 'Dogs in conference play with two assists which ties her for third in the Mountian West for assists in conference games only.

Shutting Down The Competition
The Bulldogs have recorded three shutouts since beginning Mountain West play and have four total on the season. The three shutouts ranks tied for fourth in the MW in conference play only.

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 re¬corded her second solo shutout of the season during which she had nine saves. DeVault had pushed her streak of shutout minutes to 173:40 over the last two games.

Kiwi Kickin' It At FIFA U-20 World Cup
Sophomore Nadia Pearl returned to the Bulldogs starting lineup during the Husky/Nike Invitational 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.

Lowe's Senior CLASS Nominee
Vanessa Gonzalez was nomintated as the Bulldogs representative for the 2012 Women's Soccer Lowe's Senior CLASS Award which will be announced in the fall. Gonzalez has recorded starts in all 19 matches for the 'Dogs and has played 1701 minutes this season. She has a goal and two assists, as well as 13 shots on goal, which is second highest on the team.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics" -- The Red Wave can log on to the Mountain West website at www.themwc.com to access live stats to follow the 'Dogs Wednesday night.