Soccer Looks to Continue Strong Play at Home
What's Happening This Week: The Boise State soccer team will return home where it is 3-1 this season to host its final tournament of the season, this weekend when Nebraska-Omaha, Portland State and Utah come to Boise for the Soccer Etc./Nike Classic, Sept. 14-16. The Broncos will begin against Nebraska-Omaha, Friday, at 6 p.m. And Utah, Sunday at 2 p.m.

Promotions: Friday will be Greek Night at the Boas Soccer Complex, as fraternities and sororities will compete for the best showing and support. Also on Friday, the first 100 fans through the gate will receive a free Boise State T-shirt, starting at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, fans will have the opportunity to raffle and win a Boise State soccer jersey signed by the team.

Follow the Action: Live stats will be available for all four tournament matches HERE. Live video will be available for the Boise State matches with subscription, HERE.

Fans can also receive live in-game updates via twitter by following @broncosportssoc.

► Match 9 Preview - Nebraska-Omaha - Friday, Sept. 14 - 6 p.m. MT

• The Series: This is the first meeting between Boise State and Nebraska-Omaha

• Scouting the Mavericks: Nebraska-Omaha is still looking for its first win of the season after starting 0-7. During those seven games the Mavericks have been outscored 22-5 and outshot 113-38. Danielle Archuleta leads the team with three goals and six points. UNO has faced one team from the Mountain West this season, falling 2-4 at Wyoming on Aug. 31.

► Match 10 Preview - Utah - Sunday Sept. 16 - 2 p.m. MT

• The Series: Boise State has not defeated Utah in any of the four meetings between the two schools. The Utes have made one trip to Boise which resulted in a 3-0 victory for the now-Pac-12 affiliate.

• Last Time: The last time these two teams squared-off was in 2007 in Salt Lake City. Boise State took an early lead off a Shannon Saxton goal in the 10th minute, but Utah would respond with two goals of its own in the first half, scoring in the 18th and 21st minutes to go up 2-1. A final goal by Utah in the 52nd minute would wrap things up and bring the scoring to an end at 3-1.

• Scouting the Utes: Utah is 4-1-1 and will enter the weekend coming off a 1-0 win against Texas. The back line for the Utes has been the team's strong point, giving up only three goals in six games and recording four shutouts. Baylee Nielsen, Jill Robinson and Avery Ford lead the team with two goals apiece. Look for a continued effort for the full 90 minutes as Utah has scored seven of its nine goals in the second half.

2012 Bronco Season Notebook

► A "Schuer" Thing - Sophomore Shannon Schueren has recorded four goals, two assists, and 10 points this season, leading the team in each category. The central midfielder has been involved in six of the Broncos' 11 goals.

Her four goals and 10 points are also tied for third in the Mountain West thus far. 

► Trends Of Success - Boise State is 3-0-0 in games where they score the first goal. The Broncos led the whole way against New Mexico State and North Dakota State, but had to come back against Idaho State after giving up two-consecutive goals.

The Broncos are also 2-0 when they carry a lead into the locker room at halftime.

No Place Like Home - Boise State is 3-1-0 at the Boas Soccer Complex this season making them 44-21-15 at the facility all-time. The best season record at home came in 2009 when the Broncos went 8-2-3 which included a WAC Tournament Championship on their home field.

► Movin' On Up - Erica Parks is currently in a tie for third on the career goals list (16) and ranks sixth in career points with 37. The senior needs two points to surpass Abbe Roche for fifth and four points to jump Kaziah Hill and Randi Baker for third all-time. Parks is also tied for second with eight career game-winning goals, one behind the school record.

Lauren Hickok has been a staple in the Boise State lineup each of her four years as a Bronco. The senior is fourth in minutes played and tied for fifth in games started (70). She has started in all but one of the games she has appeared in.

► Impact Freshmen - Brooke Heidemann (Meridian, Idaho) and Dominique Banks (Cypress, Calif.) stamped their names on the season when they were named to the Viking Classic All-Tournament Team, Sept. 9.


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