Boise State wraps up their regular season road schedule this week when they travel to Nevada for a Friday night encounter with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (pacific) at Mackay Stadium. The Broncos then travel over Donner Pass for a Sunday afternoon meeting with Fresno State at Bulldog Stadium, kickoff is at 2:00 p.m. (pacific). The Broncos are looking for at least a split this weekend to set themselves up for the final push towards qualifying for the WAC Tournament in Reno November 2-4. Boise State concludes the regular season with three straight home conference matches against Idaho, Utah State, and Louisiana Tech.
Boise State Enters Week At 6-5-1, WAC 1-1-0...
The Broncos split a pair of matches to open league play last weekend falling 3-0 at San Jose State on Friday (Oct. 6) before rebounding to knock-off the defending league champion Hawaii Rainbow Wahine 3-2 on Sunday (Oct. 8) in Boise. After playing poorly in San Jose the Broncos played well against Hawaii rallying from two goals down to defeat the Wahine with two second half scores.
Senior Brennan Lau continues to lead Boise State in scoring with nine points on three goals and three assists. Annie Tom, a senior from Honolulu, is second with seven points (3g, 1a) followed by senior Kristin Hall and junior Katie Keller with six points each (3g apiece). Boise State features the top scoring offense in the WAC over the entire year with a league high 23 goals and an averaged of 1.9 goals per match.
Boise State returned ten starters and 19 letterwinners from last year’s 10-8-2 team that went 4-3-0 in league play to finish in sixth place, one win out of first place. Head coach Steve Lucas is in his seventh season in charge of the Broncos and ninth overall with the program. He has a 52-62-10 record at the school, it is also his all-time career collegiate record as a head coach.
Oct. 13: Boise State at Nevada (7-3-2, WAC 0-1-0)...
Boise State leads the all-time series 5-1-0 and has never lost a league match to the Wolf Pack, including a 3-2 double-overtime win last year in Boise. However, Nevada claimed a measure of revenge with their first victory ever over Boise State last November at the WAC Tournament in Boise defeating the Broncos 3-0.
Nevada enters the week at 7-3-2 overall and 0-1-0 in conference action after dropping their lone match last week at Fresno State 2-0. The Wolf Pack are paced by Karen Zmirak with 15 points on seven goals and one assist. She is ranked second in the WAC for goals scored this year. Miranda Montejo is second on the team in points with seven (3g, 1a). Nevada has the fifth ranked scoring offense in the WAC with 17 goals scored for a 1.4 goals per match average (3rd WAC).
Nevada returned 10 starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s 11-7-2 squad that went 4-2-1 in WAC to place in a four-way tie for second. Terri Patraw is in her third season at Nevada where she has a 20-25-5 record, her career collegiate coaching record is 70-67-8 overall in eight seasons to date.
Oct. 15: Boise State at Fresno State (7-4-1, WAC 1-0-0)...
The Bulldogs lead the all-time series between these two programs with a 3-2-0 advantage. Three of the five matches in the series has gone to overtime including Fresno State’s 1-0 double-overtime win in Boise last season.
Fresno State is the defending WAC Tournament champion defeating San Jose State in last year’s title match in Boise. This year the Bulldogs are 7-4-1 overall and 1-0-0 in league action. They played one contest last week to open conference play defeating Nevada 2-0 in Fresno. This week they will play at #23 Long Beach State on Wednesday then host Idaho on Friday before entertaining Boise State on Sunday. Cortney Sobrero and Antonea Lugo have each score three goals this season with Sobrero adding one assist to lead the team in points with seven. Seven Bulldogs have scored this season. Fresno State has scored 12 goals (6th WAC) this year to average one per match.
Fresno State returned nine starters and 21 letterwinners from last year’s WAC Tournament championship team that went 10-10-2 overall and 4-2-1 in WAC play to finish in a four-way tie for second. Coach Steve Springthorpe is in his third season at Fresno State where his is 22-23-7 overall.
Boise State Vs. the Western Athletic Conference...
The Broncos are in their sixth season as members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) where they are 17-22-2 all-time in league matches. However, against the current WAC membership Boise State has fared better going 19-19-2 all-time against Fresno State (BSU 2-3-0), Hawaii (2-5-1), Idaho (5-3-0), Louisiana Tech (1-0-0), Nevada (5-1-0), San Jose State (3-2-1), and Utah State (1-5-0).