Boise State Closes Nonconference Slate at Wyoming and Northern Colorado...
► What’s Happening - The Boise State University women’s soccer team closes out the nonconference portion of its schedule this weekend when it travels across the continental divide. The action will begin Friday afternoon at the University of Wyoming (5-5-0) in Laramie, kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (Mountain). The weekend’s action will conclude with an encounter at the University of Northern Colorado (5-3-1) at 12:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Sunday in Greeley. This is the second weekend of three consecutive on the road for the Broncos, as well as, the ninth and 10th games away from Boise in 11 contests.
► What’s Happened Recently - Boise State enters the week at 3-5-1 and is coming off a 1-1 draw at the University of Montana in Missoula on Friday, Sept. 17. That draw was followed by a 1-0 loss to the University of New Mexico in Missoula, Mont., on Sunday, Sept. 19.
In the Montana match, junior defender Lindsay Roberts scored her first-career goal on a 30-yard lob shot that gave the Broncos an early lead in the 8th minute. However, the Grizzlies rallied seven minutes later to tie the match up. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
On Sunday, down one player for most of the contest against New Mexico the Broncos fought hard, but eventually fell to New Mexico when the Lobos scored the lone goal of the match in the 71st minute to win 1-0.
Match 10 Preview vs. Wyoming
Boise State travels to Laramie, Wyo., this week for a 4:00 p.m. contest Friday against the Wyoming Cowgirls at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. This is the third and final game of the year for the Broncos against members of the Mountain West Conference, the future home of Boise State starting next season.
● The Series: Friday’s encounter will be the fifth in the series between Wyoming and Boise State that dates back to the 2000 season. The Cowgirls hold a 3-0-1 advantage in the all-time series. Two of the previous four meetings have been on neutral fields. They have played the last years with Wyoming winning 1-0 in Laramie during the 2008 season, followed by a 1-1 draw last year in Boise. The Broncos are 1-12-2 all-time versus the current members of the Mountain West. The Broncos are 0-2 this year versus the MWC: lost 2-1 in overtime at Air Force and lost 1-0 to New Mexico in Montana.
● Last Time: The Cowgirls and Broncos settled for a 1-1 draw in Boise on Sept. 20, 2009 in the Soccer Etc.-Nike Invitational. Following a scoreless first half, Wyoming opened with an early second-period strike by Emily Layton scoring in the 49th minute. Twenty minutes later Boise State’s Shannon Saxton pulled the Broncos even in the 69th.
● About the Cowgirls: Wyoming enters the game having lost a pair of road games last weekend, 6-2 at Creighton on Friday, Sept. 17, and 1-0 at Drake on Sept. 19. The Cowgirls are now 5-5-0 overall and 2-2 in Laramie this year. Wyoming is a member of the Mountain West Conference where they were picked by the league’s coaches to finish sixth out of eight teams in this season’s MWC race. The Cowgirls return six starters and 12 letterwinners from last season’s squad that went 9-8-3 overall and 3-3-1 in league to place fifth. Offensively, the Cowgirls have scored 14 goals, led by Jenny Johnson with three goals.
● Wyoming’s Head Coach: Danny Sanchez is in his third season as head coach at Wyoming where he has gone 22-23-4 to date.
Match 11 Preview vs. Northern Colorado
Boise State will play its final nonconference match of the year on Sunday at Northern Colorado in Greeley, kick-off is scheduled for noon.
● The Series: This is the fourth meeting and the third-straight year the two have met in the Northern Colorado-Boise State series. The Broncos are 2-0-1 all-time against the Bears and 33-14-8 versus the current members of the Big Sky. Boise State is 1-1-1 versus the league this year: won 2-1 at Portland State, lost 1-0 in overtime at Idaho State and tied 1-1 at Montana.
● About the Bears: Northern Colorado enters the week at 5-3-1 overall and saw a four-game win streak snapped 2-0 by Colorado College last time out. UNC is a member of the Big Sky Conference where it was picked to place eighth in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Bears return nine starters from last season’s team that finished 6-10-1 overall and 2-5 in league to place sixth. Offensively, the Bears score have scored 17 goals this year, Ariel Cook leads the Big Sky with six goals while Danielle Birdsall adds a league third-best four.
● Northern Colorado’s Head Coach: Tim Barrera is in his 13th season as head coach of the Bears where he has gone 104-98-11 to date.
The Bronco Season Notebook
► Leading Boise State - To date, seven Broncos have recorded goals on the season led by sophomore forward Erica Parks and freshman Katy Oehring with two goals and one assist each for five points. Five 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.
● Six of the matches have been decided by one goal, one was a 1-1 draw. Meanwhile, the other two were by a 2-0 margin, one loss and one win.
● Offensively to date, the team has scored nine goals and has been shutout four times. Defensively, they have allowed 10 goals, two on penalty kicks, and recorded on shutout.
● Overtime has not been kind to Boise State who is 0-2-1 in 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. The last OT finished in a 1-1 draw at Montana.
► 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 nine contests played they have had eight different lineups with 19 individuals earning at least one start.
● The weekend of Sept. 17-19 was the first time that Boise State had used the same lineup for two consecutive matches. However, it was different from the previous seven contests.
● 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.
► Youth Movement - Heading into week five Boise State has scored nine 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, Ashley Walsh and Lindsay Roberts, all are juniors.
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