Soccer plays at Weber State Friday before returning to host first home match against Eastern Washington on Sunday...

Boise State (2-2-0) travels to Ogden, Utah to open the weekend against Weber State (2-1-0) at 3:00 p.m. at Wildcat Soccer Field. They will then return to Boise for the first home match of the season on Sunday when they host the Eastern Washington Eagles (1-2-0) at 1:00 p.m. at the Boas Tennis & Soccer Complex. Sunday’s match is the first of five home matches of the year and the last until Oct. 6 when Boise State hosts Northern Arizona.

Week Three Preview...

Looking at Boise State: The Broncos are 2-2-0 overall in their 10th season of competition. Boise State enters this week coming off a split in Pocatello, Idaho last weekend where they lost to host Idaho State 5-2 then rallied for a record setting 9-0 victory against Southern Utah. Entering the year, they return six of 11 starters and 18 letterwinners from 2006, as well as, 11 seniors. This year’s squad was picked to finish sixth in the 2007 WAC race by the league’s coaches after going 7-7-4 overall and 2-3-2 in league during 2006.

Looking at the Bronco Leaders: Freshman Shannon Saxton, this week’s WAC Offensive Player of the Week, has exploded onto the scene for the Broncos in her debut season recording six goals in the first four matches. The Beaverton, Ore. native currently leads the Western Athletic Conference in goals scored (6), goals per game (1.5), total points (13), points per game (3.75), and is tied for first in assists (3) and assists per game (.75). Three other Broncos have made an offensive impact in the early matches as well. Junior midfielder Randi Baker has recorded three goals and one assist, while senior Erin Wofford and sophomore Danielle Schwalbe have two goals and one assist apiece as forwards. Defensively, redshirt sophomore Jennifer Burns has recorded two shutouts in the three matches she has played. As a team, five Broncos have recorded goals while a total of 12 have contributed to the scoring either with a goal or an assist. Boise State currently leads the WAC with 14 goals, 16 assists, and 44 points.

Boise State Versus This Week’s Opposition: The Broncos are a combined 9-2-1 all-time against these two Big Sky Conference schools and a combined 24-11-4 (.667) all-time versus current members of the league. That includes a 3-0 victory over Portland State (Aug. 31) and a 5-2 loss to Idaho State (Sept. 7) earlier this season. The Broncos went 3-1-0 against the Big Sky last year with wins over Montana, Eastern Washington, and Sacramento State, while falling to Idaho State. Boise State is currently 2-1-0 against Weber State including a 3-2 double-overtime win the last time these two met on Sept. 2, 2001 in Boise. Meanwhile, the Broncos are 7-0-1 versus Eastern Washington which includes a 4-3 overtime win last season in Cheney, Wash.

Looking at Weber State (Match 5): The Wildcats are 2-1-0 overall and are coming into the week off of a pair of one goal wins in El Paso, Texas defeating North Florida 1-0 before downing the UTEP Miners 2-1. Weber State opens their home slate with WAC member Utah State on Wednesday. The Wildcats are currently led by Kelsie Ehlers with two goals in three matches. The Big Sky Conference member returns eight starters and 17 letterwinners from last year’s 9-7-3 squad that went 4-2-1 in league to place fourth. They are picked to place fourth once again this year by the Big Sky’s coaches. Weber State is coached by Tim Crompton who is currently 33-23-7 overall in his fourth season with the Wildcats.

Looking at Eastern Washington (Match 6): The Eagles are 1-2-0 overall entering this week. They host Cal State Bakersfield on Friday before heading south to meet the Broncos on Sunday. They are currently on a two game skid after opening the year with a convincing 5-0 win over Lamar (Aug. 31). Since then they have lost 3-2 to Temple (Sept. 2) and 2-0 to Gonzaga (Sept.9). Scoring leaders, they have seven players who have scored one goal each to lead the Eagles this season. However, Cyeeta Mott has two assists to go with one goal to lead EWU in points. The Eagles return seven starters and 15 letterwinners from last year’s 5-13-1 team that went 1-6-0 in the Big Sky. George Hageage is in his eighth season at EWU where he has accumulated a 37-81-9 overall record. This year’s EWU squad was picked to place last by the league’s coaches in this year’s Big Sky Conference race.


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