Bronco Soccer Hits the Road for Start of Conference Play
What's Happening This Week: The Boise State women's soccer team (4-6-1) will begin the 2011 conference schedule, Friday when it travels to Laramie, Wyo., to face the Cowgirls of Wyoming. The match is slated for a 4 p.m. start. The Broncos will conclude their weekend with a matchup against the Seattle Redhawks, Sunday at 1 p.m. (PT) in Seattle.


• The Series: Boise State has yet to beat Wyoming, holding an 0-4-1 record all-time in the series, including an 0-2 record when the teams meet in Laramie.

• Scouting the Cowgirls: Wyoming is 6-4-2 on the season and 3-1-2 when playing at home. Freshman forward Sara Paul leads the team with four goals and nine points. The Cowgirls are coming off a weekend against South Dakota and Creighton, two teams the Broncos faced earlier this season. Wyoming finished with a 3-1 win over South Dakota and a 0-0 draw against Creighton.

• Last Time: The two teams met last season in Laramie, Sept. 24. Though the Broncos had more scoring opportunities, they could not get the result, finishing with a 1-0 loss. Boise State attempted 10 shots on goal compared to Wyoming's four, but the Cowgirls were able to hold on to Nahiomy Ortiz' game-winning goal in the 28th minute--a ball that was blasted from 35 yards out and sailed into the top left corner of the Broncos' goal.


• The Series: The Broncos are 1-2 all-time against the Redhawks. Boise State fell by a score of 1-0 in the only matchup at Seattle.  

• Scouting the Redhawks: Seattle is 8-3-0 this season and currently on a four-game winning streak. Freshman Stephanie Verdoia leads the team with four goals and 10 points, with only nine shots on frame.

• Last Time: Boise State earned its first win against the Redhawks with a 2-0 decision last season. Katy Oehring scored the game-winner in the 20th minute off an assist from Shannon Saxton. Ashley Walsh added an insurance goal in the 59th minute after a bad clearance of a corner kick.

2011 Bronco Season Notebook

► ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS - Freshman midfielder Shannon Schueren was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week from Sept. 12-18. Schueren's week was highlighted by her game-winning goal against South Dakota in double overtime, marking the second-consecutive week the Bothell, Wash., native scored a game-winner in the double overtime.

► REACHING A MILESTONE - Steve Lucas is approaching 100 wins as head coach of the Boise State women's soccer team. Lucas currently has 98 wins in his 14 years at the helm.

► PUTTING ON THE PRESSURE - The Broncos have found success this season when they apply pressure up front and take looks at the goal. Boise State is 4-1 in games where it has outshot the opponent, the one loss coming in the double-overtime opener against Montana.

► IN SEARCH OF THE CUP - Originally called the Gem State Cup, the Governor's Cup was created by Idaho State Head Coach Gordon Henderson to honor the state in which the competition resides.  Those eligible to compete are all NCAA Division I institutions within the state of Idaho: Boise State University, Idaho State University and the University of Idaho.  The competition is based strictly on the direct head-to-head match results between the three institutions with three points awarded for a win in regulation, two points for a win in overtime and one point for a draw. Both the Broncos (2-0) and the Vandals (4-1) beat Idaho State earlier this season, leaving the Oct.29 game in Boise to decide the rightful owner of the 2011 Governor's Cup.

► MOVING ON UP - Several current Broncos have spots on career top-10 lists and will look to improve their ranking with solid play this year.

With the win against South Dakota, goalkeeper Liz Ruiz tied Kim Parker winningest goalkeeper in Boise State history, with 26 wins apiece.  Ruiz has also accumulated 277 saves during her career which ranks third all-time. Parker is second on the list with 291.

Erica Parks moved into a tie for seventh with BreeAnn Miligan on the Boise State all-time points list. Parks has accumulated 35 points throughout her career and is one shy of sixth-place Ginger Sellick. Parks is also tied for fourth in goals (15) and tied for third in game-winning goals (8).

Senior Lindsay Roberts has started in 72 of her 75 career appearances which places her fourth on the Boise State all-time list. The record for most starts in a career is 77, held by 2010 graduate Shannon Saxton. If Roberts starts in every remaining game this season, she will finish with 80.

► Playing for a Good Cause - The Boise State women's soccer team raised over 12,000 dollars for former player Amy Dunn during its exhibition with Arizona State at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex, Aug. 12. Dunn, who played at Boise State from 2000-03 was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma and is currently undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

There will be another fundraiser for Dunn at Lucky 13, Wednesday Oct. 19. Everyone is invited to eat, drink, and bid on silent auction items. Profits from the auction, 50/50 raffle and all beer sales, thanks to Payette Brewing Company, will go to help the former Bronco soccer player pay for prescription costs. Donations are needed for silent auction items; if you are interested in helping, contact Libby Johnson at

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