Soccer to Face Air Force in Conference Home-Opener
What's Happening This Week: The Boise State women's soccer team (5-7-1) will host its first Mountain West conference game when it faces the Air Force Falcons, Saturday. The game is scheduled for a noon start at the Boas Soccer and Tennis Complex located just off the Boise State campus. Live stats will be available for the game, as well as live video on Bronco Vision. Saturday's match will mark Boise State's "Kick for the Cure" in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team will be wearing pink jerseys and encourage fans to wear their pink attire to the game as well. Those who do wear pink will receive a raffle ticket at the gate and have a chance to win a prize.
► GAME 14 PREVIEW - AIR FORCE
• The Series: Boise State has faced Air Force two times in the programs history with meetings in 2005 and 2010. The matchup will be the first in Boise as the Broncos look to break the series deadlock, which is at 1-1-0.
• Scouting the Falcons: Air Force enters the match with a 5-5-3 record this season despite a six-goal scoring differential in its favor. The Broncos will look to contain what has been the Mountain West's most prolific offense so far this season, led by conference co-leader in points, McKenna Fox. The freshman midfielder has racked up 13 points off five goals and three assists. Air Force enters the match with a four-game unbeaten streak, going 1-0-3 in its last four outings. The match will be a test for the Falcons though, who have only played one true road game this season.
• Last Time: The two teams last met August 27 of last season in Colorado Springs, Colo., where Air Force mounted a comeback for the 2-1 win in double overtime. After a scoreless first half, Erica Parks gave the Broncos a 1-0 advantage with a shot from inside the six-yard box. The lead would last until the 84th minute when Megan Dozier put a ball into the top left corner from the top of the box to notch the score at 1-1. The two teams remained tied and eventually sent the game into double overtime where the Falcons' Krystin Shanklin put the game away on a penalty kick with less than five minutes remaining in the match.
• Live Coverage: Live stats for the match will be available at http://www.broncosports.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=9900&DB_LANG=&KEY=&DB_OEM_ID=9900&KEY=
The game can also be seen via the Bronco Vision broadcast for premium subscribers at http://www.broncosports.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=9900
2011 Bronco Season Notebook
► REACHING A MILESTONE - Steve Lucas is approaching 100 wins as head coach of the Boise State women's soccer team. Lucas currently has 99 wins in his 12 years at the helm.
► 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 as the winningest goalkeeper in Boise State history, with 26 wins apiece. Ruiz has also accumulated 279 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 accrued 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 73 of her 77 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 79.
Fellow senior Ashley Walsh has played in 75 matches throughout her career, good enough for eighth on the all-time list, one appearance behind Melanie Bohnet.
► TRENDS OF SUCCESS - 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.
Boise State is also 4-1 in matches where it scores the first goal.
In the team's five wins this season, the Broncos have allowed only one goal and hold a 0.19 goals against average.
► 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.
► 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 email@example.com.
► 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.
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