First Road Matches of MW Play Loom
Sept. 30, 2015
Friday, Oct. 2 at San José State 2 p.m. PT
UP NEXT: Boise State women's soccer takes on its first confernece road test this weekend with matches at San José State and Fresno State. The Broncos start Friday, against the Spartans, who are off to a 2-0 start in Mountain West play, before a Sunday match against the Bulldogs.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Live video and stats will be available for both matches. Catch the live video streams at BroncoSports.com/soccerlive. Links are available at BroncoSports.com on the schedule page. As always, for inside info, follow on twitter @BroncoSportsSOC.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State split its first weekend of Mountain West action. The Broncos kicked off conference play Sept. 25, with a 2-1 victory against three-time defending league champion San Diego State. The weekend wrapped up Sept. 27, with a 2-1 loss against New Mexico.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE: The Spartans suffered through an up-and-down nonconference season before starting MW play with a pair of shutout wins on the road. SJSU is tied for the conference lead with 16 goals and has not been shutout this season. Goalkeeper Zoe Makrigiannis owns a 0.93 GAA, but has only had to make 17 saves.
All-Time Series: Boise State leads 8-5-2. The Spartans won 1-0 in Boise last season.
ABOUT FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs snapped a nine-match losing streak in the final nonconference game of the season against Sacramento State, then followed it up with a draw in the conference opener. Fresno State has tallied four goals on the year with three coming in the past three matches.
All-Time Series: Tied 7-7-2. Seven of the last eight meetings have been decided by one goal and the other ended in a draw.
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BRONCO-BULLDOG CLASSICS: The last two times Boise State and Fresno State have met on the pitch have created instant classics. The Broncos defeated the Bulldogs 2-1, in each meeting. Last season Boise State hosted Fresno State Oct. 10, and used a 90th-minute goal from Kelli Drobney to take the victory. Each side allowed an own goal in the second half, leaving the game tied with little time left in regulation. After a series of connecting passes in the midfield with less than a minute left, Madi Campbell settled a ball to Drobney `s feet and she sent home the game winner with 14 seconds remaining. In the semifinals of the 2013 MW Championship, KT Clayton scored in the 109th minute to advance to the title game. With the game clock ticking down, Gabby Garcia headed the ball in the Bronco half towards the left flank. Clayton streaked down the left side and beat the lone Bulldog defender, juked the keeper and buried the ball in the back post for the win and a spot in the championship match. Seven of the last eight meetings between the schools have been decided by one goal and the other ended in a draw.
BRONCOS HAVE AZTECS NUMBER: Boise State opened MW play Sept. 25, with a 2-1 win against San Diego State. It was the second consecutive year the Broncos defeated the Aztecs in the regular season, becoming the first MW school to do so since Utah and UNLV both won consecutive regular-season matches against SDSU in 2007 and 2008. Boise State is now 3-3 all-time against the Aztecs, one of only two MW schools (past or present) with an all-time record of .500 or better. Utah is the only school with a winning record against SDSU at 11-5-3.
MOVING ON UP: Brooke Heidemann has already matched her career high with three assists this season. Heidemann now has 44 career points, ranking No. 3 all-time at Boise State. She has 17 goals, tied for third on the career goals scored list with former teammate Shannon Schueren. Heidemann's 10 assists are tied for sixth in Boise State lore.
SHOTS FIRED: Boise State has outshot eight of its last nine opponents and has led in shots on goal in the last seven matches. From Aug. 30 to Sept. 20, the Broncos attempted at least 12 shots each match, the first such streak since 2009.
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