Broncos will face Saint Mary's and No. 20 California.
Boise State University (3-1-1) continues their nine-match road swing this weekend when they travel to northern California for the Saint Mary’s College Fall Soccer Classic in Moraga. The Broncos will face their host the Saint Mary’s Gaels on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (Mountain), followed by a Sunday afternoon encounter with the 20th-ranked (NSCAA/adidas) University of California Golden Bears, kick-off is scheduled for noon (mt). Both matches will be played at Saint Mary’s Stadium in Moraga, Calif.
Looking at Boise State...
► Boise State to face third top-25 team in history - When Boise State plays the University of California on Sunday it will be the third time in program history that the Broncos have played at team ranked in the nation’s top-25. Boise State is 0-2-0 in those matches with a pair of road defeats at Texas A&M (L 2-0), ranked 11th at the time, on Sept. 30, 2005, and at California (L 2-1), ranked 13th, on Sept. 22, 2006. Boise State has played other teams, such as SMU and Minnesota, that had been ranked during the year they met, but no others were actually in the top-25 at the time of the match.
► Recently for Boise State - The Broncos lost their first match of the season when they split at the Governor’s Cup this past weekend. Boise State opened with a hard fought 2-1 victory over instate-rival Idaho State on Friday, Sept. 5, then followed with a frustrating performance against Seattle University on Sunday losing 2-1.
► Bronco statistical leaders - Junior Andrea Huerta and sophomore Shannon Saxton continue to lead Boise State and the Western Athletic Conference in scoring with nine points apiece. Huerta leads the WAC in goals with four on the season to go with one assist, while Saxton is ranked second with three goals to go with a league best three assists. They are followed on the team by junior Danielle Schwalbe with two goals for four points and freshman Chelsea Robinson with one goal and two assists to match Schwalbe’s point total. In all, nine Broncos have recorded at least one point on the year. In addition, 14 of Boise State’s 16 newcomers have seen their Bronco debuts this fall. The other two are redshirt candidates.
► Statistically as a team - Boise State has the top scoring offense in the Western Athletic Conference with 12 goals in five matches. The Broncos also lead the WAC in assists with nine and points with 33. They are averaging 2.67 goals per game which ranks second in the conference. Boise State has scored in every match played to date. Defensively, the Broncos rank second in goals allowed at five and third in goals against average at 0.96. The blue and orange has recorded two shutouts in five contests.
► Briefly about the team - Boise State features the youngest squad in the Western Athletic Conference with 19 underclassmen on a roster of 26: 13 true freshmen, two redshirt freshmen, and four sophomores. In fact, only seven players returned who had seen action for the Broncos. In all, their are 19 players on the team who could see their Boise State debuts this year. The Broncos also returned the second fewest starters in the league with five compared to four for San Jose State.
► What is back for Boise State - Boise State returned the nation’s fourth ranked and the WAC’s top scorer for 2007 in sophomore Shannon Saxton who averaged 0.895 goals per game as a freshman. She tallied a league best 17 goals and 39 points last year. Both Saxton and senior midfielder Randi Baker where named to this season’s preseason All-WAC team.
► The head coach - The 2008 season marks Steve Lucas’ ninth as head coach of the Broncos where he currently owns a 66-72-16 record to date. His current squad was picked by the league’s coaches to finish fourth in this season’s WAC race after going 9-7-3 overall and 5-1-1 in conference last season, tied for second in the final standings.
► Record at Bronco Soccer Field (8/31/08) - The Bronco Soccer Field is the home of Boise State soccer. It is located adjacent to the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex on south Oakland Avenue. Since the field opened in 2003, the Broncos have gone 26-11-9 (.663) all-time on their home turf.
Match 6: Saint Mary’s Preview...
► Recently For saint Mary’s - The Gaels enter the week at 3-2-0 and are coming off a split in Eugene, Ore., this past weekend defeating Portland State 1-0 before falling to Oregon 2-0.
► Who to Watch - Stefani Rocco leads the Gaels in scoring with two goals for four points. She is followed by Alex Ciliento with one goal and one assist for three points.
► The Series - Friday’s match with Saint Mary’s will be the first encounter between the two programs. However, Boise State is 1-5-0 all-time against the current membership of the West Coast Conference.
► Briefly on the Gaels - The Gaels return 18 letterwinners and 10 starters from last season’s campaign that saw them go 6-11-2 overall and 0-7-0 in league to place eighth. The 2008 Saint Mary’s squad was picked to place eighth again in this year’s WCC race.
Match 7: No. 20 California Preview...
► Recently For California - The Golden Bears enter the week ranked 20th (NSCAA/adidas) nationally and are 3-1-0 overall. They played one match last week defeating Missouri 3-0 in Berkeley. Prior to that they defeated Saint Joseph’s 6-0 preceded by a 3-2 loss to Cal State Fullerton, both were played in Berkeley.
► Who to Watch - Lisa Kevorkian leads Cal in scoring with five goals and one assist. She is followed by Alex Morgan with four goals and two assists, and Nikki Schrey with two goals and one assist.
► The Series - Sunday’s encounter with California will be the second meeting all-time in the series. The Golden Bears defeated the Broncos 2-1 during the 2006 campaign in Berkeley, Calif. Boise State is currently 0-5-1 all-time versus the Pacific-10 Conference.
► Briefly on the Golden Bears - They return 15 letterwinners and five starters from a year ago when they went 15-5-1 overall and 6-3-0 in league to place third. Cal was picked by the conference coaches to place fourth in this year’s Pac-10 race.