Soccer Kicks Off New Athletic Year
Aug. 20, 2015
Friday, Aug. 21 at Samford 7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT
Sunday, Aug. 23 at Ole Miss Noon CT/11 a.m. MT
Position Preview Video Series
UP NEXT: Boise State women’s soccer opens the 2015 season a long way from home with a Friday match at Samford (7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT) and a Sunday tilt at Ole Miss (Noon CT/11 a.m. MT). It is the first time in program history the Broncos have opened the season east of the Rocky Mountains.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Live video and stats will be available for both matches. Links are available on the schedule page of BroncoSports.com. As always, for inside info, follow on twitter @BroncoSportsSOC.
2014 RECAP: Boise State won its final four games of the regular season last year to squeak its way into the sixth and final spot in the Mountain West Championship field. The Broncos suffered a gut-wrenching loss in the 88th minute to New Mexico in the opening round.
ABOUT SAMFORD: The Bulldogs were picked to repeat as SoCon regular-season champions, returning eight starters from a squad that went 14-8-0 overall and 7-2-0 in conference play. Junior forward Jermaine Seoposenwe is a member of the South African National Team.
All-Time Series: First Meeting
ABOUT OLE MISS: The Rebels were picked to finish 10th in the SEC preseason poll. They return all 10 starters in the field positions, but need to replace record-setting goalkeeper Kelly McCormick.
All-Time Series: First Meeting
U.S. TOUR: Boise State women’s soccer is venturing to uncharted territory to play Samford and Ole MIss. The stops in Alabama and MIssissippi will represent the 22nd and 23rd different states in which the program has played.
WHO’S BACK?: Boise State returns nine starters from last season, including first-team All-Mountain West selection Brooke Heidemann. The team leader in goals and points each of the last two seasons, Heidemann is out to lead the Broncos to new heights as a senior. Janelle Flores returns after posting the best season in school history by a freshman goalkeeper. Kayla Tucker and Dani Brown will continue to add firepower at the top of the attack, while Hailey DeVries and Jessie Vogel are expected to hold down the back line.
WHO’S GONE?: The Broncos lost two seniors from a year ago. Mikhaila Bowden and Shannon Schueren were two of the most accomplished players in school history. Bowden left as the all-time leader in minutes played and matches started. She was a first-team All-MW selection as a senior. Schueren racked up 41 points and 17 goals in her career, both good for No. 3 all-time in program history.
WHO’S NEW?: There are nine new Broncos on the roster for 2015, including eight freshmen and one transfer. Allegra Weeks got a jump start on the rest of the freshmen as she graduated high school early and enrolled at Boise State in January. A number of classmates have stood out during preseason training, including Laura Buck who scored three goals and added an assist in the team’s final intrasquad scrimmage.
SEASON OPENERS: Boise State is 8-8-1 all-time in season openers, including a 0-5-1 mark in season openers on the road. The Broncos began last season with a 3-0 win against Drake in a neutral-site affair in Portland, Ore.
SELECT COMPANY: Senior Brooke Heidemann enters her final season with an opportunity to join an elite group of women’s soccer student-athletes. Heidemann has been named first-team All-Mountain West each of her first three seasons. Only twice in conferene history has a student-athlete been named first-team all-league four times in women’s soccer: Amanda Feigt (Utah, 2003-06) and Katie Larkin (BYU, 2005-08).
WHERE NO BRONCO HAS BEEN: Senior Brooke Heidemann is already the only Bronco to be named to the first-team all-conference three times. The only other player in Boise State women’s soccer history to earn multiple first-team nods is Shannon Saxton (2007 and 2010 in the WAC). Heidemann and Saxton are also the only two Broncos to earn conference freshman of the year honors. Saxton won the award in the WAC in 2007, while Heidemann earned the MW honor in 2012. Brittany Zoellner remains the only Bronco to earn conference player of the year honors, taking home the 2000 Big West MVP award.
FLORES FLOURISHING: Sophomroe Goalkeeper Janelle Flores recorded six shutouts last year, the second most in a season in school history and the most by a freshman. Flores ranked 57th in the NCAA in save percentage at .827 She led the Mountain West in save percentage, ranked second with a 0.95 goals-against average and was third in saves per game (4.5).
SHUTOUT STREAK: Goalkeeper Janelle Flores and the Boise State defense closed the regular season strong. The Broncos put together a shutout streak of 433:42 that spanned the final six games, including four shutouts. It was the second-longest shutout streak in school history. Flores also did not allow a goal for the first 295:20 of her career.
BAD, BAD Dani Brown: Sophomore forward Dani Brown has already proven to be one of the Broncos’ top options with the game on the line. As a freshman, Brown scored four times, including a team-high three game-winning tallies- all coming in conference play. Long lauded by the coaching staff for being “predatory” around the net, Brown scored two rebound goals and finished from 15 yards for the lone tally against Utah State to send the Broncos to the tournament. Brown’s three game-winning goals tied for the sixth most in a single season. The record is four, accomplished five times. She is already tied for 12th on the career list.
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