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Women's Soccer to Play Host to PLNU in Preseason Friendly

Sarah Halverson and the Aztecs play host to Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday in an exhibition contest.
Sarah Halverson and the Aztecs play host to Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday in an exhibition contest.

Aug. 10, 2011

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's soccer team will play host to Point Loma Nazarene in its lone preseason matchup on Saturday, Aug. 13, at SDSU Sports Deck. The two sides will take the pitch at 1 p.m. PT and admission is free.

The Aztecs, who were picked to finish first in the Mountain West preseason poll, return 14 letterwinners and seven starters from last year's squad that finished with a MWC record of 5-2.

Senior Cat Walker returns to action after missing all of 2010 due to injury. The midfielder from Folsom, Calif., was the 2009 Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year, MWC Championship MVP, a MWC first-team selection and NSCAA all-Pacific Region second-team honoree.

Walker's classmate and co-captain Megan McQueeny also enters her final season on Montezuma Mesa with a full trophy case. A defender out of Rohnert Park, Calif., McQueeny has garnered NSCAA all-Pacific Region and MWC first-team accolades each of the last two seasons.

Along the backline with McQueeny will be redshirt junior Tiffany Hurst and sophomore Haley Palmer. Hurst was a starter on the 2009 Mountain West Conference championship squad, while Palmer earned 2010 Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors and was a second-team all-MWC performer.

Also returning is sophomore midfielder and San Diego native Soledad Gomez, who was selected to the all-Mountain West Conference second team, and junior forward/midfielder Sarah Halverson, who is the team's top returning goal scorer and point earner.

San Diego State kicks off its 2011 regular-season campaign at home against Arizona on Aug. 19. The Aztecs will play seven of their first eight games at home.