Soccer Hits the Road for Missoula...

Broncos begin three-week road swing in Missoula against Montana and New Mexico.

► What’s Happening - The Boise State University women’s soccer team hits the road again for another long stretch beginning this weekend at Missoula, Mont. The Broncos will play a pair of matches at the University of Montana’s South Campus Stadium. The action begins for Boise State (3-4-0) at 5:00 p.m. (Mountain) Friday versus their host the Montana Grizzlies (0-6-1) and concludes with a Sunday morning encounter with the University of New Mexico Lobos (4-1-3) at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain).

► What’s Happened Recently - Boise State enters the week at 3-4 and coming off a 2-0 victory over Seattle University this past Sunday in the Broncos first home match of the year. In Boise State’s lone contest last week freshman Katy Oehring scored the game-winner in the 20th minute against the SU Redhawks. Junior Ashley Walsh added the insurance goal in the second half at the 58:33 mark. Prior to last week the Broncos had gone 2-4 on the road. The win over Seattle last Sunday snapped a two-match losing streak.  

► Match 8 Preview, vs. Montana - Boise State will begin a five-match road swing this weekend when the Broncos meet the Montana Grizzlies at 5 p.m. on Friday in Missoula. The contest was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. but the time has been bumped up one hour.

● The Series:
Friday’s encounter will be the ninth in this regional rivalry between Montana and Boise State that dates back to the 2001 season. The two programs have played every year since 2003 with Boise State holding a 5-3 lead in the all-time series. The Broncos are 3-1 versus the Grizzlies in Missoula.

● Last Time: The Grizzlies broke Boise State’s five-match winning streak against Montana last year when they won 2-1 in Boise on Sept. 4. Last time, Boise State took an early 1-0 lead in the 24th minute on a Shannon Saxton goal. Montana then rallied late in the second period for the victory on goals by Kaitlyn Heinsohn in the 78th minute and Ashley Tombelaine in the 84th.  

● Internet Coverage:
There will be live internet coverage for this weekend’s contest at through the soccer schedule/stats page of the website. The live stats links for the non-Montana matches are under the “Event Details” option next to the listed Montana match. Montana’s live stats are under the “Game Files” option.

● About the Grizzlies : The Grizzlies enter the game winless on the year at 0-6-1 overall. Montana is a member of the Big Sky Conference where it was picked to place seventh in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Grizzlies return all 11 starters and 13 letterwinners from last season’s squad that went 4-13-1 overall and 2-4-1 in league to place sixth. Offensively, Kaitlyn Heinsohn leads the team in scoring with two goals, as a team they have scored four goals in 2010.

● Montana’s Head Coach: Neil Sedgwick is in his seventh season as head coach at Montana where he has gone 34-71-11 to date.

► Match 9 Preview, vs. New Mexico - Boise State will get a glimpse of its future on Sunday when the Broncos take on future Mountain West Conference rival New Mexico at 11 a.m. in Missoula, Mont. The Lobos enter the weekend at 4-1-3 overall and will open play at Missoula in the first match against the University of North Dakota on Friday.

● The Series:
This is the first meeting all-time in the New Mexico-Boise State series. However, the Broncos are 1-11-2 all-time against the current members of the MWC, including a 2-1 overtime loss at Air Force two weeks ago. Next week Boise State travels to play at the University of Wyoming.

● Internet Coverage:
There will be live internet coverage for this weekend’s contest at through the soccer schedule/stats page of the website. The live stats links for the non-Montana matches are under the “Event Details” option next to the listed Montana match. Montana’s live stats are under the “Game Files” option.

● About the Lobos:
New Mexico enters the week at 4-1-3 overall and 0-1-2 in its last three contests. UNM is a member of the Mountain West Conference where it was picked to place fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Lobos return 10 starters and 20 letterwinners from last season’s team that finished 13-6-3 overall and 4-3 in league to place fourth. Offensively, UNM scores a lot of goals 14 so far this year, while allowing three. Rachel Fields leads the team in goals scored with four followed by Jennifer Williams with three.

● New Mexico’s Head Coach: Kit Vela is in her 10th season as head coach at New Mexico where she has gone 73-75-32 to date.

The Bronco Season Notebook

► Broncos Get 100th Win - Boise State’s victory on Sept. 12 over Seattle University was the program’s 100th win in program history dating back to the inaugural season of 1998. The program is 100-113-23 all-time.

► Leading Boise State - To date, six Broncos have recorded goals on the season led by sophomore forward Erica Parks and freshman Katy Oehring with two goals each, Parks also has one assist for five points. Four players have dished out at least one assist led by senior forward Shannon Saxton with three.

► Broncos as a Team - Boise State has struggled in the early going do to injuries and youthfulness. However, they have been in every contest to date and had opportunities to win all of them late in each match.

● Five of the matches have been decided by one goal, while the other two were by a 2-0 margin, one loss and one win.

● Offensively to date, the team has scored eight goals and has been shutout three times. Meanwhile defensively, they have allowed eight goals, two on penalty kicks, and recorded on shutout.

● Overtime has not been kind to Boise State who has lost both matches that have gone into extra time. They lost 2-1 at Air Force in the 106th minute on a penalty kick and 1-0 in the 94th minute at Idaho State.

► Lineup Changes - The Boise State coaching staff has had a difficult early season and has been forced to shuffle its starting lineup for various reasons ranging from injuries to trying to find a successful start to matches.

● To date in seven contests played they have had seven different lineups with 19 individuals earning at least one start.

● Only Liz Ruiz (junior goalkeeper), Ashley Walsh (junior midfielder), Chelsea Robinson (junior midfielder) and Malia Hendrix (senior defender) have started every game this season.

● Five true freshmen have started at least one match to date Ashley Hruby, Kallie Neimann, Katy Oehring, Rebe Wolverton and Mackenzie Hickel.

► Record Crowd - Boise State set a new regular-season home match attendance record on Sept. 12 versus Seattle University with 967. That is the second largest all-time behind last year’s WAC Tournament Championship when the Broncos defeated Nevada 1-0 in front of a standing room only crowd of 1,223 at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex.

► Youth Movement - Heading into week five Boise State has scored eight goals, six from underclassmen. Sophomore Erica Parks and freshman Katy Oehring have two goals apiece, while freshmen Gabby Garcia and Tylyn Hughes each have one. The only upperclassmen to score this season are JC transfer Kati Lucas and Ashley Walsh, both juniors.

► Saxton Extends Points and Assists Records - Heading into the campaign senior Shannon Saxton owned the career records for assists and points. Since then Saxton has extended both marks, her career assists total went from 16 to 19 while increasing her points record from 74 to 77.  

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