Soccer Hosts WSU in Home Opener
Aug. 28, 2015
Sunday, Aug. 30 vs Washington State 1 p.m. MT
Position Preview Video Series
UP NEXT: Boise State women’s soccer hosts Washington State Sunday, in the Broncos’ home opener. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. MT, at Boas Soccer Complex. It will mark the second time Boise State (0-2-0) has hosted Washington State (2-0-0) and the first of two home matches this season against a Pacific-12 Conference opponent.
PROMOTIONS: Celebrate the first home soccer match of the season with the following game-day promotions:
-First 750 fans receive a free Boise State stadium cup
-Free schedule posters available
-Free face painting available
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Live video and stats will be available for the match. Chris Lewis will be on the call for the live video stream at BroncoSports.com/soccerlive. Links are available on the schedule page of BroncoSports.com. As always, for inside info, follow on twitter @BroncoSportsSOC.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State opened the 2015 season last weekend with road matches against Samford and Ole Miss. The Broncos dropped both matches, falling to Samford 2-0 on Friday, and Ole Miss 4-0 on Sunday. It was the first time in program history Boise State opened a season east of the Rocky Mountains and the Broncos were greeted with lightning delays in both matches. Six freshmen made their collegiate debuts, including four who started the season opener. Laura Buck, one of three freshmen to start both matches, led the Broncos with three shot attempts on the weekend.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars are receiving votes in the NSCAA Top-25 Poll and enter the match 2-0-0 after a pair of 3-1 victories. Head coach Todd Shulenberger is in his first year and takes over a program that has advanced to the NCAA Tournament the last four seasons. Kaitlyn Johnson leads the team with four points on a goal and two assists. Six different Cougars have scored. WSU took 38 shots in its first two games, putting 20 on goal. Cougar keeper Ella Dederick has faced just six shots on goal in two games.
All-Time Series: WSU leads 2-0-1. The teams played to a 0-0 draw in the last meeting, Sept. 5, 2013, in Boise. The first meeting came in 1999 (a 2-0 WSU win at a neutral site in Moscow, Idaho), but the series was not resurrected until 2012 when the Cougars picked up a 6-0 win in Pullman.
HOME OPENERS: Boise State is 10-6-1 all-time in home openers, winning the last three. The Broncos opened last year’s home schedule with a 4-1 victory against Idaho State.
U.S. TOUR: Boise State women’s soccer ventured to uncharted territory to play Samford and Ole Miss. The stops in Alabama and Mississippi marked the 22nd and 23rd different states in which the program has played.
GETTING ON TARGET: Boise State was held without a shot on goal during the first two matches of the season. It is the first time in school history the Broncos went consecutive games without a shot on goal. They did not attempt a shot against Ole Miss, a first in program history.
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).
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