Boise State Soccer Opens at Oregon and Portland State
► What's Happening - Boise State University's soccer team will open the 2010 campaign this weekend when the Broncos hit the road for the state of Oregon. The season opener will take place Friday evening when Boise State takes on the University of Oregon in Eugene at 8 p.m. (Mountain). That will be followed with a Sunday afternoon match-up with Portland State University in Beaverton at noon (Mountain).
► Match 1 Preview, at Oregon - Boise State will open the 2010 season at Oregon on Friday night in Eugene. The contest is slated to start at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Pape' Field near Autzen Stadium. This is the season opener for both teams.
● Internet Coverage: The University of Oregon does have internet coverage of their home soccer matches which includes live stats at www.GoDucks.com.
● The Series: This will be the third encounter between these two programs all-time with the Ducks holding a 2-0-0 record in the series.
● Last Time: The last time they met was Sept. 9, 2007 in Reno, Nev., where Oregon won 3-0.
● About the Ducks: Oregon was picked to place ninth in this year's Pac-10 race by the league's coaches. The Ducks return eight starters and 13 letterwinners from last season's squad that went 9-10-1 overall and 1-8-0 in conference to place tied for ninth.
● Oregon Head Coach: Tara Erickson is in her sixth season as head coach at Oregon where she has gone 47-42-10, her career mark is 76-80-20.
► Match 2 Preview, at Portland State - The opening weekend will conclude Sunday afternoon in Beaverton, Ore., where Boise State will take on the Big Sky Conference's Portland State Vikings at noon (Mountain) at the Nike campus' Rinaldo Field. This will be the second game for both teams, PSU plays at the University of Portland on Friday.
● Internet Coverage: Portland State will have live stats for Sunday's contest at www.GoViks.com.
● The Series: This will be the ninth meeting between these programs all-time with the Boise State holding a 7-0-1 record in the series.
● Last Time: The last time they met was Aug. 23, 2009, in Beaverton, Ore., where the Broncos won 3-1. Boise State jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Chelsea Robinson and Cheyenne Jones. In the second half PSU's Kala Renard pulled the Vikings to within one before Maureen Fitzgerald gave Boise State its final goal in the 67th minute.
● About the Vikings: Portland State was picked to place third in this year's Big Sky race by the coaches. The Vikings return seven starters and 16 letterwinners from last year's campaign when they that went 10-6-4 overall and 4-1-2 in conference to tie for first place.
● Portland State Head Coach: Laura Schott is in her third season as head coach at PSU where she has gone 15-17-8, her career mark is the same.
The Bronco Preseason Notebook
► Boise State Soccer Downs North Idaho 5-0 in Scrimmage - WALLA WALLA, Wash. (8/15/2010) - Boise State University's women's soccer team defeated North Idaho College 5-0 this afternoon in a preseason scrimmage at Walla Walla, Wash. It was a solid outing for the Broncos who had seven different individuals play a part in the scoring including four goals by newcomers Rebe Wolverton and Ebie Harris.
Leading Boise State was senior Cheyenne Jones who recorded the game-winner assisted by junior Chelsea Robinson. Two newcomers accounted for the final four goals in the scrimmage. Freshman midfielder Rebe Wolverton followed with two consecutive goals assisted by junior Lindsay Roberts on the first while the second was unassisted off a free kick. Wrapping up the scoring for the Broncos was sophomore forward Ebie Harris who recorded the final two scores on the day, assisted by sophomore Brianne Favatella and freshman Ashley Hruby.
► Broncos in Season Openers - Boise State is 6-5-1 in season openers all-time. They lost 1-0 at Seattle University to open the 2009 campaign. Prior to that they had won three straight.
► Boise State Soccer Stadium - The Boise State Soccer Stadium at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex is the home of Bronco soccer. The facility is located adjacent to the Boas Tennis and Soccer Center on south Oakland Avenue. Since the field opened in 2003, the Broncos have gone 35-14-13 (.669) all-time on their home turf. Last year Boise State went 8-2-3.
► WAC Coaches Poll - Boise State is picked to battle it out with Utah State for the regular-season Western Athletic Conference title this fall. The Aggies edged out the Broncos in the coaches' poll by one point for the top spot earning three first-place votes and a total of 59 points compared to Boise State's six first-place votes and a total of 58 points. This marks the highest preseason ranking ever for the Bronco soccer team who's previous best was fourth, accomplished four times in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2009.
Following Utah State and Boise State in the coaches' poll was last season's regular season champion, San Jose State, who received 40 points to place third. Nevada was selected fourth with 36 points. Fresno State was picked fifth with 35 points, followed by Hawai'i (30 points) at sixth place, Idaho (28 points) and New Mexico State (26 points) were voted in the seventh and eighth spots, respectively. Louisiana Tech, which hosts this seasons WAC Tournament, was selected ninth with 12 points.
► Preseason All-WAC Team - Three Broncos were named to the Preseason All-WAC Team, the most of any team. Representing Boise State were Shannon Saxton, Brandy Hickcox and Lindsay Roberts. All three where 2009 postseason All-WAC honorees.
● Shannon Saxton: The senior forward earned a program record third-straight preseason award. The senior owns 27 different Boise State records and looks to claim the all-time career goals record this fall needing two to set the mark. Her career marks include 74 points, 16 assists and 29 goals. In addition, Saxton is a three-time postseason All-WAC honoree.
● Brandy Hickcox: The junior midfielder as been a main stay in the center since arriving to campus. She has five career goals, three in 2009. This is her first career preseason honor. Hickcox is a two-time postseason All-WAC honoree.
● Lindsay Roberts: The junior defender has been the anchor for Boise State's defensive back line the last two years. She was the only first-team All-WAC honoree in 2009 for the Broncos. This is her first career preseason honor.
► Defending WAC Champions - Boise State is the defending WAC champions after running off three straight victories at last fall's conference tournament in Boise to claim their first ever league title. The Broncos defeated Fresno State 2-1, Utah State 1-0 and Nevada 1-0 for the crown. Boise State finished tied for third in the regular-season standings going 5-3 in league. The Broncos' Erica Parks scored a goal in all three matches to earn the tournament MVP honor. Malia Hendrix, Brandy Hickcox and Liz Ruiz joined Parks on the all-tournament team.
► Broncos in the 2009 NCAA Tournament - Boise State's WAC Tournament title gave the Broncos their first ever NCAA Tournament berth. They were seeded against No. 3 UCLA in the first round at Los Angeles where the Bruins won 7-1 to eliminate the Broncos.
► Boise State Returns Three All-WAC Honorees - Boise State had three players named to last year's postseason All-WAC teams. Defender Lindsay Roberts made the first team while Shannon Saxton, a forward, and Brandy Hickcox, a midfielder, received second team recognition. It was Saxton's third-consecutive year earning postseason honors, Hickocx's second time and Roberts' first.
► Eight Starters Return for 2010 - The core of last year's championship squad is back in 2010 including eight starters: forward Shannon Saxton (Sr.); midfielders Brandy Hickocx (Jr.), Chelsea Robinson (Jr.) and Cheyenne Jones (Sr.); defenders Malia Hendrix (Sr.), Lindsay Roberts (Jr.), Lauren Hickok (So.); and goalkeeper Liz Ruiz (Jr.).
► Broncos Return Top Two Scorers - Boise State's top two scorers from 2009 return for the 2010 campaign. Sophomore Erica Parks led the team in scoring as a freshman with nine goals and two assists for 20 points. Shannon Saxton, a junior last year, was second with six goals and three assists for 15 points. In all the Broncos return seven of the 10 players who recorded goals last season.
► Eleven Newcomers Added to Roster - Eleven new faces were welcomed to campus in August when preseason training began. They include two transfers and nine true-freshmen. The transfers include Kati Lucas (Richland, Wash.) junior forward from Walla Walla Community College in Washington and Ebie Harris (Modesto, Calif.) sophomore forward from UC Riverside.
The nine freshmen include midfielders Gabby Garcia of Murietta, Calif., Ali Clarkson of Auburn, Wash., and Portland, Oregon's, Tylyn Hughes, Kallie Neimann, and Rebe Wolverton; midfielder/forward Katy Oehring out of Littleton, Colo.; midfielder/defender Mackenzie Hickel from Federal Way, Wash.; and defender Ashley Hruby from Vancouver, Wash. Wrapping up the class of nine is goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt of Edmonds, Wash.
► 2010 Road Warriors - Boise State will play 14 of the 19 matches on its schedule away from home in 2010. The Broncos will play in three regular-season tournaments this fall at the Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Idaho State University (Pocatello, Idaho) and University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.). Home games include Seattle University on Sept. 12 and four WAC matches in October.
► Saxton Eyes Career Record for Goals - In three years Shannon Saxton has written her name into the Bronco record book ranking in the top-10 of 46 categories. The senior currently holds the career records for points (74) and assists (16). The Beaverton, Ore., native enters 2010 within one goal of tying Brittany Zoellner's record for career goals at 30, Saxton has 29.
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