Broncos Play Two This Week, Host Utah Valley State Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. (mountain) and Travel To Eastern Washington For Friday



Boise State plays two matches this week hosting the first against Utah Valley State at 5:00 p.m. (mountain) on Wednesday, then traveling for the second at Eastern Washington for a 4:00 p.m. (pacific) kick-off in Cheney on Friday. Wednesday’s match against UVSC will be the last home match for Boise State until Sunday, October 1 when TCU comes to town. Friday’s contest at Eastern will be the first of five consecutive road matches over the next three weeks for the Broncos.

Boise State Enters Week At 2-1-0...

The Broncos won their first two matches of the year 3-1 over Southern Utah (Aug. 25) and 2-1 over Montana (Sept. 1). The win over the Montana Grizzlies was the first of two matches at last weekend’s Governor’s Cup in Boise. The second match was Sunday (Sept. 3), a 1-0 loss to Idaho State. Currently, five Broncos are tied for the lead in scoring with one goal apiece: seniors Annie Tom and Kristin Hall, juniors Katie Keller and Erin Wofford, and freshman Dani Schwalbe. Tom has the most points on the team with the addition of one assist for three total points.

Boise State returns ten starters and 19 letterwinners from last year’s 10-8-2 team that went 4-3-0 in league play to finish in sixth place, one win out of first place. Head coach Steve Lucas enters his seventh season in charge of the Broncos and ninth overall with the program. He has a 48-58-9 record at the school, it is also his all-time career collegiate record as a head coach.

Sept. 6: Utah Valley State (2-2-0, USC 0-1-0) at Boise State...

UVSC enters the week 2-2-0 overall and are coming off a weekend split in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Wolverines defeated New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) 6-0 last Friday then dropped a 2-0 decision to their host and United Soccer Conference rival IPFW (Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne) on Saturday. Rebecca Petersen led the team with three points over the weekend having one goal and an assist against NJIT. Brooke Roberts was second with two goals against NJIT. Boise State leads the series with UVSC 2-0-0.

Utah Valley State returns nine starters and 13 letterwinners from last year’s 7-12-0 squad. They are a new member of the United Soccer Conference which features Delaware State, Longwood, Howard, and South Carolina State in an Eastern Division, and UVSC, IPFW, North Dakota State, and South Dakota State in a Western Division. The Wolverines are in their first year under head coach Brent Anderson. Anderson was previously an assistant WAC at member Utah State.

Sept. 8: Boise State at Eastern Washington (1-3-0, BSC 0-0-0)...

Friday’s match in Cheney, Washington against the Eastern Washington Eagles of the Big Sky Conference will be the eighth in the all-time series. Boise State has never lost to EWU and leads the series 6-0-1 overall. However, the one draw was last year in Boise when the Eagles had their first break through against the Broncos gaining a 1-1 tie.

The Eagles won their first match of the year this past Sunday in their home opener 4-2 over Birmingham Southern. Prior to that they had road losses at Northern Illinois (4-0), at DePaul (2-0), and at Gonzaga (3-0). EWU returns seven starters and 15 letterwinners from last year’s 4-11-3 team. Head coach George Hageage is in his seventh season at EWU where he has accumulated a 32-69-8 overall record.

Boise State Vs. The United Soccer Conference...

The Broncos have only played one of the eight members of the United Soccer Conference (USC) to date. That school is Utah Valley State which they host on Wednesday (Sept. 6). No other USC schools are on the Bronco schedule for 2006. The United Soccer Conference’s membership features Delaware State, Longwood, Howard, and South Carolina State in an Eastern Division, and UVSC, IPFW, North Dakota State, and South Dakota State in a Western Division.

Boise State Vs. Big Sky...

The Broncos have a solid 21-10-4 all-time mark versus the Big Sky Conference. In 2006, they are 1-1-0 so far with Eastern Washington (Sept. 8) and Sacramento State (Sept. 29) still remaining on their schedule. By the end of the season Boise State will have played every member of the league at some point in the Broncos’ history. This year the Broncos will meet the lone Big Sky school, Sacramento State, in which they had not played entering 2006.