Boise State Opens 2009 Campaign This Weekend at Seattle and Portland State...
► What’s Happening - Boise State University (0-0-0) opens the 2009 campaign with four road matches beginning with Seattle University (0-0-0) this Friday, Aug. 21, and Portland State University (0-0-0) on Sunday, Aug. 23. Friday’s season opener has the Broncos taking on the Redhawks at Championship Field on the Seattle University campus at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain). Sunday’s encounter with the Vikings is at PCC Rock Creek in Beaverton, Ore., off of highway 26, kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. (Mountain).
Looking at Boise State...► In General - The 2009-10 academic year is the 40th anniversary of women’s athletics at Boise State University and the 12th for the soccer program. The Broncos are entering their ninth season as members of the Western Athletic Conference where they have been picked to place fourth in this year’s league race by the head coaches of the nine member institutions. Boise State is coming off a school record 11 wins in 2008 going 11-8-2 overall and 3-3-1 in league play to place fourth.
► Broncos in Season Openers - Boise State is 6-4-1 in season openers all-time. They defeated Northwest Nazarene 3-0 in Boise to open the 2008 campaign. The Broncos have won three straight entering Friday’s season-opening encounter at Seattle.
► Briefly About the Team - Boise State features a young squad with 21 underclassmen on the roster of 28: eight true freshmen, two redshirt freshmen, 10 sophomores, and one redshirt sophomore. Joining the underclassmen are three seniors and four juniors. Five of the seven upperclassmen back are returning starters.
► What’s Back for Boise State - Boise State returns 18 veterans and seven starters from last year’s roster, and welcome eight newcomers. The seven starters back are seniors Jen Burns (goalkeeper) and Kaylea Perenon (midfielder), juniors Shannon Saxton (forward), Cheyenne Jones (midfielder), and Malia Hendrix (defender), and sophomores Chelsea Robinson (midfielder) and Lindsay Roberts (defender). The Broncos return four of their top five scorers but lost two to injury forcing them to redshirt in 2009. Saxton and Robinson are the top two scorers back recording six and three goals respectively.
► The Head Coach - The 2009 season marks Steve Lucas’ 10th as head coach of the Broncos where he currently owns a 73-79-18 record to date. This is Lucas’ 12th season overall with the program after serving two years as the assistant before his promotion in 2000. He is 0-1-0 against Seattle and 5-0-1 versus Portland State all-time.
Looking at the Seattle Match...► The Series - Boise State and Seattle have met once previously, last year at the Governor’s Cup in Moscow, Idaho, where the Redhawks defeated the Broncos 2-1 on their way to the tournament title. Boise State junior Shannon Saxton gave the Broncos the early lead with a sixth minute strike. Seattle rallied with scores by Jamie Coe in the 15th minute and the match-winner by Maryann Boddy in the 73rd.
► About Seattle - Seattle is in its second year of NCAA provisional status as they make the move from Division II to Division I and as a result compete as a independent. They went an impressive 12-5-3 last year and undefeated at home going 4-0-1. They return seven starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad. Julie Woodward is in her 13th season at the helm of her alma mater’s program where she has compiled a 175-57-22 record.
Looking at the Portland State Match...► The Series - Sunday’s encounter between Boise State and Portland State will be the eighth match-up all-time. Boise State has never lost to Portland State owning a 6-0-1 mark versus the Vikings. The last time these two met on the soccer field was Aug. 31, 2007 in Reno, Nev., where the Broncos won 3-0. In that contest current Boise State junior Shannon Saxton recorded five points on two goals and the game-winning assist.
► About Portland State - The Vikings are the first of four Big Sky Conference schools to play the Broncos this fall, the others are Montana, Idaho State, and Northern Colorado. Portland State went 5-11-4 overall and 4-1-2 in league in 2008 to tie for second place. This year’s team returns eight starters and 12 letterwinners from last season’s squad. The Vikings are picked to place fifth in this year’s conference race by the Big Sky coaches. Laura Schott is in her second season as head coach of the Vikings.
► Directions to PCC Rock Creek - From I-84 West: Follow I-84 West to Portland. Merge onto I-5 South via the exit on the left toward Beaverton/Salem (1.5 miles). Merge onto I-405 N toward City Center/US-26/Beaverton (1 mile). Merge onto US-26 W via Exit 1D toward Beaverton and follow 9.7 miles. Take exit 64 for 185th Ave. toward PCC- Rock Creek (0.3 miles). Turn right at NW 185th Ave and follow for 1.4 miles. Turn right at NW Springville Rd. and reach PCC - Rock Creek after 0.4 miles.
Miscellaneous Notes on Boise State...
► The Boas Complex - The Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex is the home of Boise State soccer. The field is located adjacent to the Boas Tennis and Soccer Center on south Oakland Avenue. Since the field opened in 2003, the Broncos have gone 27-12-10 (.653) all-time on their home turf. Last season Boise State went 3-2-2 at home.
► Regular Season Tournaments - Boise State is playing in a school record five regular-season tournaments, including three at home. The Broncos are usually gone on the road for the majority of September. However that is not the case in 2009 when they host three home tournaments. This year’s tournament schedule begins with the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. (Aug. 28-30), followed by three home tournaments in the Governor’s Cup (Sept. 4-6), the Holiday Inn Classic (Sept. 11-13), and the Soccer Etc.-Nike Invitational (Sept. 18-20). The final tournament is the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic the last weekend of September (25-27) in Laramie, Wyo.
► WAC Tournament - Boise State will host the Western Athletic Conference Tournament for the third time in five years this fall. The championship event will be held at the Broncos’ Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex Nov. 5-8. The top-six of nine teams advance to the tournament with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament.
► Record Number of Games - Boise State is hosting a record number of matches this fall. With the three regular-season tournaments and the WAC Tournament the Broncos will host a total of 21 matches at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex. Boise State will play in 10 of the 16 regular-season matches at the facility and then wait to see what happens during the league tournament in November.
► Broncos Lead in the Classroom - The Broncos are the top academic program in the WAC recording the best APR (academic performance rating) each of the last two years. In addition, since joining the conference in 2001 they lead the WAC in number of players, 47, earning academic All-WAC honors and the number of honors received, 89. They set a program record last year with 16 (out of 24) making the team, 67 percent of the squad. In the nine years with Steve Lucas as head coach 51 percent (49-of-96) of his student-athletes have earned academic all-conference honors at least once during their careers.
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