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Soccer Opens 2018 On The Road in California

The Central Washington University women's soccer team opens the 2018 season with a pair of road matches in California.

GAME INFORMATION
Thursday (Aug. 30) at Fresno Pacific | 7:00 p.m.
Saturday (Sept. 1) at Stanislaus State | 7:00 p.m. | Live Stats | Live Video

QUOTABLE
"We are very excited to start playing soccer again and to get the season underway," CWU Head Coach Michael Farrand said.  "We have a tremendous group of women in the returners who have worked hard to build the culture and a group of newcomers who are excited and ready to make a difference."

SCOUTING FRESNO PACIFIC
The Sunbirds finished the 2017 campaign with a 9-6-3 record, including a 9-2-2 mark in PacWest play.  On their own pitch, the Sunbirds finished with a near perfect 7-1-0 record.

When the Wildcats and Sunbirds met last year an eruption of offense occurred, ending in a 4-4 draw in Ellensburg.  Mackenzie Nolte earned her first hat trick of the season, while Sophia Keenan potted her second goal of her freshman campaign.

The Sunbirds return 20 players from 2017, including eight players who started at least 10 matches.  After scoring goals against the Wildcats last season, Jessica Dondlinger and Anissia Gonzalez return to the lineup in 2018 for FPU.  The Sunbirds did lose prolific goal scorer Mariah Montoya, who scored against the Wildcats, as well as goalkeeper Summer Hammond.  Montoya recorded 13 points in 2017, while Hammond started all but one match in goal.

Fresno Pacific went unbeaten in their final nine matches to end the season with the highest finish in program history, comping up just shy of their first ever conference championship.  The Sunbirds were picked as the preseason favorite in the PacWest.

SCOUTING STANISLAUS STATE
The Warriors ended 2017 with an 11-5-2 record, including a 6-5-1 CCAA record.  They were undefeated at home, finishing the year 7-0-2 in friendly confines.

Last season the Warriors made the trip to Washington and scored a pair of second half goals for a 2-1 victory over Central Washington in Seattle.  Sophia Keenan scored her first collegiate goal in the 33rd minute, but Jade Poon and Gabriela Vargas found the back of the Wildcats' goal in the 65th and 88th minute, respectively.

The Warriors were picked to finish 8th in the CCAA Preseason Coaches Poll, after finishing 7th last season.  Stanislaus State finished with 19 points in 12 CCAA games (6-5-1).    They finished just outside the playoff picture, missing the conference tournament by less than .30 points per match.

BRAND NEW YEAR
The Wildcats are aiming for a rebound season in 2018, as they picked up just one win away from the confines of the CWU Soccer Pitch last season.

KK Wallace and Sophia Keenan lead the Wildcat returners in goals scored last season, with three goals each.

Bailey Martoncik returns to the lineup in 2018.  The senior forward tallied seven points (3G-1A=7P) during the 2016 season.  She played in all 21 games, starting 16, during the Wildcats run to the NCAA postseason.
 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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