Soccer Opens WAC Play at Hawai?i on Friday...

► What’s Happening - Boise State opens its final trek through the Western Athletic Conference this week when the Broncos travel across the Pacific to Honolulu, Hawaii, for a Friday night encounter with the Rainbow Wahine. This is the lone contest of the week for Boise State who enters league play at 3-7-1. The match versus the University of Hawai’i is scheduled for an 11:00 p.m. (Mountain) kick-off at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. This will also end a three-week stretch of road games for the Broncos who have played one match at home so far this season.

► What’s Happened Recently - Boise State is coming off a pair of losses on the other side of the continental divide last weekend. The Broncos lost at the University of Wyoming on Friday, Sept. 24, by a 1-0 score, followed by a dramatic 3-2 defeat at the University of Northern Colorado on Sunday, Sept. 28.

In both contests Boise State out shot its opponents in shots on goal, 10-to-four at UW and 11-to-eight at UNC, but failed to get any wins. In both cases a long ball defeated the Broncos. 

In the Wyoming match the Cowgirls scored on a 35-yard bomb in the first half. Meanwhile at Northern Colorado, after Boise State had erased a two-goal deficit they lost with five seconds remaining on a desperation UNC kick from 40 yards out that sailed just under the crossbar into the high left corner of the net. Sophomore Ebie Harris had the first goal (41st minute) for the Broncos at Northern Colorado with freshman Katy Oehring recording the second in the 73rd minute to tie the score.

Match 12 Preview Vs. Hawai’i

Boise State travels to Honolulu, Hawaii, this week for an 11:00 p.m. (Mountain) contest Friday against the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium in Waipio, Hawaii.  It is the WAC opener for both schools and will mark the final time that these two programs will meet in Hawaii for a conference match as Boise State moves to the Mountain West Conference next season.

● The Series: Friday’s encounter will be the 12th in the series between Hawai’i and Boise State that dates back to the 2000 season. The Rainbow Wahine hold a 7-3-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Broncos are 1-3 against Hawai’i all-time on the islands.

● Last Time: Boise State defeated Hawai’i last year in Boise on Oct. 30 by a 2-1 score.    After Mari Punzal gave the Rainbow Wahine an early lead with a goal in the 13th minute, Boise State rallied with two unanswered second-half goals. The first Broncos score came from Brandy Hickcox in the 67th minute with the game-winner by then-senior Kaylea Perenon in the 76th.  

● About the Rainbow Wahine: Hawai’i enters the game coming off a scoreless tie at Pacific last time out, the Wahine are 0-5-1 in their last six contests. UH is 2-8-1 overall entering Friday’s league opener versus Boise State.  The Rainbow Wahine were picked by the WAC coaches to place sixth in this year’s conference race. Hawai’i returns six starters and 17 letterwinners from last season’s squad that went 7-11-1 overall and 3-5 in league to place seventh. Offensively, the Wahine have scored nine goals and are led by Mari Punzal and Chelsea Deptula with three goals apiece. 

● Hawai’i’s Head Coach: Pinsoom Tenzing is in his 17th season as head coach at Hawai’i where he has gone 141-151-28 to date and 7-3-1 versus Boise State.

Bronco Notebook

► Leading Boise State  - To date, eight Broncos have recorded goals on the season led by freshman Katy Oehring with three goals and one assist, followed by sophomore forward Erica Parks with two goals and one assist. Six 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.

● Eight 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 11 goals and has been shutout five times. Defensively, they have allowed 14 goals, two on penalty kicks, and recorded one 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 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 11 contests played they have had 10 different lineups with 20 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 any of the other nine contests played to date.

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

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

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