Soccer Hosts New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech for Homecoming...
► What’s Happening - Boise State University‘s soccer team is home for only the second time this season when they host a pair of matches this week for homecoming. The action begins at 4:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Friday with New Mexico State University (6-4-2, WAC 0-2-0) followed by a 1:00 p.m. contest on Sunday against Louisiana Tech University (11-3-0, WAC 1-1-0). Both contests will be played at Boise State’s Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex on South Oakland Avenue. This is the second week of Western Athletic Conference action.
► What’s Happened Recently - The Broncos enter the week at 4-7-1 overall and 1-0-0 in WAC action. Boise State is coming off a 4-0 road victory at the University of Hawai’i last Friday night, Oct. 1, to open conference play. It was the Broncos lone match of the week and their first win at Hawai’i all-time (1-4-1). Senior Shannon Saxton led Boise State versus the Rainbow Wahine with her second career hat-trick, the fourth goal was by Rebe Wolverton. The Broncos were up three at halftime and coasted to the win.
► Saxton Sets Scoring Record at Hawai’i - Last Friday Shannon Saxton’s first three goals of the year set three school records and extended another in the 4-0 win at Hawai’i. The senior became the first Bronco in history to record two hat-tricks in a career and the first to get a hat-trick in a league match. In addition, the Beaverton, Ore., native broke the school’s career goals record with her 31st and 32nd, passing Brittany Zoellner’s (1999-2003) mark of 30. Saxton also extended her record for career points to 83 in the victory over the Rainbow Wahine.
Match 13 Preview Vs. New Mexico State
Boise State opens homecoming week by hosting the New Mexico State Aggies on Friday at 4:00 p.m. at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex. The Aggies dropped a pair of matches last week to open league play, losing 2-1 in overtime at Nevada then falling at home 3-0 to Utah State.
● Live Internet Coverage: Both games this week will be carried live on BroncoSports.com. Live stats are free, however the video and audio feeds do carry a small fee. Check the website (multimedia link) for details.
● The Series: Friday’s encounter with NMSU will be the second meeting all-time with the Aggies holding a 1-0-0 edge in the series.
● Last Time: NMSU won last year’s meeting in Las Cruces 1-0 in overtime. The Aggies’ Lauren Cope scored 1:20 into the first extra period when she volleyed a shot into goal off a corner kick.
● About the Aggies: This is the second season of Aggie Soccer. New Mexico State enters the game at 6-4-2 overall and 0-2 in WAC play. The Aggies were picked by the WAC coaches to place eighth in this year’s conference race. Offensively, they ranked second in the WAC for goals scored with 28. Crystal Burns leads the Aggies in scoring with six goals and seven assists on the year.
● New Mexico State’s Head Coach: Michael Needham is in second season as head coach at NMSU where he has gone 15-13-3 to date and 1-0 versus Boise State.
Match 14 Preview Vs. Louisiana Tech
Boise State concludes homecoming week with a 1:00 p.m. match on Sunday against Louisiana Tech at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex. The Lady Techsters opened league play by splitting a pair of road games last week. They lost 1-0 at Utah State on Friday, then rebounded to win 3-1 at Nevada on Sunday.
● The Series: Sunday marks the six meeting all-time between these two programs with Boise State holding a 4-0-1 lead in the series. The last time these two met in Boise was during the 2008 campaign. They ended up playing in a blizzard before settling for 2-2 draw, no overtime periods were played do to safety concerns.
● Last Time: Boise State won last year’s contest during a heavy rain storm that caused a change in venue at Ruston. Erica Parks scored the lone goal of the match in the first half as the Broncos held on to defeat the Lady Techsters 1-0.
● About the Lady Techsters: La Tech enters the game at 11-3 on the year and 1-1 in league. The Lady Techsters were picked by the WAC coaches to place ninth in this year’s conference race. Offensively, La Tech leads the WAC in goals scored with 41. Rachel King leads the WAC in scoring with 10 goals and one assist on the year. Kiva Gresham and Taylor Dennis each have six goals.
● La Tech’s Head Coach: Kevin Sherry is in his fourth season as head coach at La Tech where he has gone 35-29-7 to date and 0-2-1 versus Boise State.
Bronco Season Notebook
► Leading Boise State - To date, 10 Broncos have recorded goals on the season led by senior Shannon Saxton and freshman Katy Oehring with three goals apiece, followed by sophomore forward Erica Parks with two goals. Nine players have dished out at least one assist led by Saxton with three.
► Broncos as a Team (10/5/2010) - Boise State struggled in the early going do to injuries and youthfulness. However, they have been in most 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, two other games were decided by a 2-0 margin, one loss and one win, and one that was a 4-0 win.
● Offensively to date, the team has scored 15 goals and has been shutout five times. Defensively, they have allowed 14 goals, two on penalty kicks, and recorded two shutouts.
● 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 12 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.
● The second lineup used twice in a row was at Hawai’i where they used the same starters as they had the previous game at Northern Colorado. This lineup was also different from any other used 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.
► Youth Movement - Heading into week eight Boise State has scored 15 goals, nine from underclassmen. Freshman Katy Oehring leads with three, sophomore Erica Parks is second with two goals, while sophomore Ebie Harris, and freshmen Gabby Garcia, Tylyn Hughes and Rebe Wolverton each have one. The only upperclassmen to score this season are senior Shannon Saxton with three followed by JC transfer Kati Lucas, Ashley Walsh and Lindsay Roberts, all are juniors with one goal each.
► Record Crowd - Boise State set a new regular-season home match attendance record on Sept. 12 versus Seattle University with 967. That is the second largest all-time behind last year’s WAC Tournament Championship when the Broncos defeated Nevada 1-0 in front of a standing room only crowd of 1,223 at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex.
► Saxton Extends Points and Assists Records - Heading into the campaign senior Shannon Saxton owned the career records for assists and points. Since then Saxton has extended both marks, her career assists total went from 16 to 19 while increasing her points record from 74 to 83.
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