BOISE, Idaho (8/4/2010) - The Boise State University women’s soccer team became the first of the Bronco sports programs to report to campus this summer. Preseason training for 28 student-athletes began this morning at the Boise State University Soccer Stadium adjacent to the Boas Tennis and Soccer Center. The defending Western Athletic Conference champions will be practicing twice a day for the next two weeks in preparation for the season opener at the University of Oregon on August 20 in Eugene.
The Broncos welcomed back 17 returners from their WAC Tournament title run a year ago that saw Boise State sweep three matches to claim its first ever championship since its inception in 1998. Among those returning for the 2010 campaign are eight starters and seven of the top-nine scorers.
Highlighting the returners are the top-two scorers from 2009 in sophomore forward Erica Parks (9 goals, 2 assists) and senior forward Shannon Saxton (6 goals, 3 assists). Parks was the WAC Tournament MVP scoring a goal in all three matches. Meanwhile, Saxton, a three-time All-WAC honoree, is set to become the program’s all-time leader in career goals entering the year with 29 and needing two to set the new mark.
The eight returning starters include Shannon Saxton, senior midfielder Cheyenne Jones (2 goals, 1 assist), senior defender Malia Hendrix, junior goalkeeper Liz Ruiz (0.90 GAA), junior midfielder Brandy Hickcox (3 goals), junior midfielder/forward Chelsea Robinson (1 goals, 3 assists), junior defender Lindsay Roberts (1 assist), and sophomore defender Lauren Hickok (1 assist).
Other veterans back are Erica Parks, senior midfielder Jayne Murray (2 goals), junior defenders Ashley Walsh (1 goal, 1 assist), Serena Montoya, and Tiffany Hall-Johnson, sophomore defender Brianne Favatella and sophomore goalkeeper Megan Blanchard. In addition, two redshirts from 2009 return in sophomores Janelle Jin (midfielder) and Mandy Nader (defender).
There are eleven new faces on this year’s roster including two transfers and nine true-freshmen. The transfers include Kati Lucas (Richland, Wash.) a junior forward from Walla Walla Community College in Washington and Ebie Harris (Modesto, Calif.) a sophomore forward from UC Riverside.
The nine freshmen include forward Ashley Hruby from Vancouver, Wash.; midfielders Gabby Garcia of Murietta, Calif., Alison Clarkson of Auburn, Wash., and Portland, Oregon’s, Tylyn Hughes, Kallie Neimann, and Rebe Wolverton; midfielder/defenders Katy Oehring out of Littleton, Colo., and Mackenzie Hickel from Federal Way, Wash. Wrapping up the class of nine is goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt of Edmonds, Wash.
The team will practice twice each day, once in the morning around 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and again in the evening from 7:00 p.m. to around 8:30 p.m. at the University’s soccer facility. Practice times are subject to change without notice as the camp proceeds.
The team will see its first action in a scrimmage versus North Idaho College on Sunday, Aug. 15, in Walla Walla, Wash., on the campus of Walla Walla Community College. The season begins in full the following weekend of Aug. 20-22 when the Broncos travel to play at Oregon and at Portland State University respectively.