Boise State Opens WAC Play on the Road at New Mexico State and La Tech...
► What’s Happening - Boise State University’s soccer team enter this week with a seven-match unbeaten streak intact and are 5-3-4 overall on the year. The Broncos open the Western Athletic Conference portion of its schedule this weekend when they travel to Las Cruces, N.M., for a 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) encounter with New Mexico State University at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies are in their first year of women’s soccer where they have gone 5-5-0 to date. The weekend will wrap-up with a meeting versus Louisiana Tech University at noon (Mountain) Sunday in Ruston, La. The Lady Techsters are currently the only undefeated team left in the WAC going 11-0-1 in the nonconference portion of their schedule.
► What’s Happened Recently - Boise State is coming off the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic championship last weekend where they went 1-0-1 overall. Last Friday in Laramie, Wyo., the Broncos played UC Riverside to a scoreless draw, a record fourth-consecutive tie for Boise State. They followed that up with a 1-0 victory over Gonzaga on the final day of the Classic in Laramie. Redshirt-freshman Catherine Leewaye recorded her first career goal, the match-winner, against Gonzaga in the 64th minute to hand the Broncos the win. Prior to last week’s road tournament, Boise State hosted three-straight tournaments going 2-1-3 during that three week span.
► Boise State’s Hickok Named WAC Soccer Defensive Player of the Week - Boise State’s Lauren Hickok has been named this week’s Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 21-27. It is the true-freshman’s first such career honor and the first for Boise State this year. Hickok, a freshman defender from Bozeman, Mont. (Bozeman HS), earned tournament MVP honors at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic last week after anchoring the Boise State defense to a pair of shutouts. Hickok helped Boise State to the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic title with a 1-0-1 record as the Broncos recorded a scoreless draw versus UC Riverside followed by a 1-0 victory over Gonzaga. Hickok repeatedly turned away opponent’s attacks into the Boise State defensive third as she helped the Broncos extended their undefeated streak to seven with the back-to-back shutouts. In addition to playing all 200 minutes over the weekend, she also took four shots placing three on goal.
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► Hickok Named Wyoming Cowgirl Classic MVP, Hickcox, Hendrix and Lommasson make All-Tournament Team - For Boise State’s tournament title over the weekend the Broncos were represented by Lauren Hickok, Brandy Hickcox, Malia Hendrix and Adrienne Lommasson on the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic All-Tournament Team. Hickok was named the tournament MVP for her play along the defensive line that helped secure back-to-back shutouts at the competition.
► Broncos In Regular Season Tournaments - Boise State competed in five regular-season tournaments during its nonconference schedule. The Broncos won two of those events the Holiday Inn Classic in Boise Sept. 11-13 and the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Laramie, Wyo., Sept. 25-27th. They tied for second place the other three. Boise State went a combined 4-2-4 in the five tournaments.
► Boise State in Conference Openers - Since its start in 1998 Boise State traditionally has not fared well in league openers going 3-7-1 all-time. The Broncos suffered through a string of six-straight defeats from 1998-2003 before recording a breakthrough 2-0 victory at Nevada in 2004. They have since gone 3-1-1 in openers from 2004-2008. Last year La Tech rallied to force a 2-2 draw in an early October snow blizzard in Boise that was stopped after regulation time because of the conditions. This year marks the ninth time in12 years that the Broncos have opened conference play on the road when they take on New Mexico State and La Tech this weekend. Boise State is 0-2-1 when opening at home and 3-5-0 when on the road. The Broncos are 3-4-1 all-time in WAC openers.
► Bronco Team Records - Boise State has set one new record and tied another for consecutive streaks. The new mark is four-consecutive draws which came to an end this past Sunday with Boise State’s 1-0 victory over Gonzaga. Prior to this year’s run the Broncos had never recorded back-to-back draws. The record that the team has tied and will try to break on Friday is for unbeaten streak. The current mark of seven was set by the 2005 team with five wins and two draws. The 2009 Broncos have tied that mark with an active streak of seven matches comprised of three wins and four draws.
► 2009 Scoring Leaders - Junior Shannon Saxton leads the team in scoring with five goals, one assist for 11 points. Freshman Erica Parks follows with three goals and two assists for eight points. Another freshman Maureen Fitzgerald is third in scoring with two goals and two assists for six points.
► 2009 Team Stats - To date, Boise State has recorded 17 goals and 13 assists. Eight different individuals have scored a goal and nine have recorded an assist. Boise State averages 1.4 goals per game and has a shots on goal percentage of 43.3 percent. Defensively, the Broncos have recorded four shutouts and allowed 10 goals this season for a 0.78 goals against average.
► Saxton Approaches New Records - In two years Saxton had written her name into the Bronco record book ranking in the top-10 of 46 categories. Career records she holds include most assists with 14, most multi-assist games with three, and tied for first in most multi-goal games with five. So far in 2009 she has increased her career assist record from 13 to 14 and has closed in on the career records for goals which is 30, Saxton has 28, and points which stands at 72, Saxton is ranked second with 70.
► The Head Coach - The 2009 season marks Steve Lucas’ 10th as head coach of the Broncos where he currently owns a 78-82-22 record to date. This is Lucas’ 12th season overall with the program after serving two years as the assistant before his promotion in 2000. Against this week’s competition, New Mexico State is a first year program while Lucas is 3-0-1 versus La Tech.
Looking at the New Mexico State Match...
► About NMSU - New Mexico State is in its first season of women’s soccer, becoming the final Western Athletic Conference to add the sport. The Aggies are in their first year under the direction of head coach Michael Needham.
► In 2009 - The Aggies enter this week with a 5-5-0 overall record and are coming off the Lamar Classic championship last weekend. NM State took home a pair of 2-1 victories last weekend defeating Lamar on Friday, Sept. 25 then followed with a win over Northwestern State of Louisiana on Sunday. They have won three of their last four contests and are 1-2-0 at home, which includes a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Idaho State on Aug. 23. Jazmin Cardoso and Crystal Burns lead the Aggies in scoring with three goals apiece, Burns also has one assist. As a team they have scored 14 goals while allowing 14 giving them a goals against average of 1.36.
► The Series - Friday’s encounter between the Boise State Broncos and the New Mexico State Aggies will be the first between the two schools.
Looking at the Louisiana Tech Match...
► About La Tech - The Lady Techsters have been members of the Western Athletic Conference in soccer since the 2005 season, the school added the sport in 2004. La Tech is picked to place seventh out of nine teams in this year’s conference race by the league’s head coaches. They return eight starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 10-5-5 overall and 0-3-4 to place seventh in the conference standings. Kevin Sherry is in his third season in charge of the Lady Techsters where he is 23-19-7 overall.
► In 2009 - La Tech enters conference play as the only undefeated team in the WAC with an 11-0-1 mark. Their lone stumbling block was a 0-0 draw last Friday at Sam Houston State. Last Sunday they rebounded to defeat Houston Baptist 2-1 in Ruston, La. Rachel King leads the WAC in coring with 11 goals and two assists. As a team the Lady Techsters have recorded 49 goals while allowing six for a goals against average of 0.48.
► The Series - Sunday’s encounter between the La Tech and Boise State will be the fifth meeting all-time with the Broncos holding a 3-0-1 advantage in the series. They met last year in Boise for the league opener on Oct. 10 when they played to a 2-2 draw in an uncharacteristically early snow storm (blizzard).
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