Boise State soccer opens WAC play on the road at Louisiana Tech and Utah State ...

The Broncos (4-5-2) begin conference action this week with road contests at Louisiana Tech (2-8-0, 0-0-0) on Friday night and at Utah State (4-8-0, 0-0-0) on Sunday afternoon. This marks the seventh season of WAC play for the Broncos who were picked to place sixth by the leagues coaches in August. Friday night’s match with the Lady Techsters is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (Central) in Ruston, La., while Sunday’s contest is a noon (Mountain) kick-off with the Aggies in Logan, Utah.


Week Six Match Notes...

Looking at Boise State: The Broncos are 4-5-2 overall in their 10th season of competition. Boise State enters this week coming off a road loss at Gonzaga (3-0) and a home draw with Northern Arizona (0-0) last Sunday. The NAU match on Sunday was only their second home game this fall. Boise State opens league play with the second ranked scoring offense in the Western Athletic Conference with 23 goals and 21 assists for 67 total points. However, the Broncos have struggled scoring in recent weeks recording only one goal in the last three matches. Entering the year, the Broncos returned six starters and 18 letterwinners from 2006, as well as, 11 seniors. This year’s squad was picked to finish sixth in the 2007 WAC race by the league’s coaches after going 7-7-4 overall and 2-3-2 in league last season.

Looking at the Bronco Leaders: Freshman Shannon Saxton continues to lead the team in scoring during her debut season recording 11 goals and four assists to date. The Beaverton, Ore. native has tied the school record for goals in a season and currently leads the WAC in goals scored (11) and total points (26), as well as, being tied for third in assists (4). Saxton is tied for sixth nationally for goals scored. As a team, nine Broncos have recorded goals while a total of 14 have contributed to the scoring either with a goal or an assist. Junior midfielder Randi Baker has recorded three goals and one assist, while senior Erin Wofford has two of each, and sophomore Danielle Schwalbe has two goals and one assist. Defensively, redshirt sophomore Jennifer Burns has recorded three shutouts in the eight matches played.

Boise State Versus This Week’s Opposition: The Broncos are 2-0-0 all-time versus the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech. In last year’s league meeting in Boise the Broncos won 2-1 to clinch a bid into the WAC Tournament. Boise State won the lone meeting in Ruston two years ago by the score of 5-0. Utah State has dominated the series 6-1 with Boise State since the days when both were in the Big West. The Broncos lone victory against the Aggies was a 1-0 non-conference win in 2004 in Boise. Utah State won last year’s meeting in double overtime by the score of 1-0.

This Week’s Opponents...

Looking at Louisiana Tech (Match 12): The Lady Techsters enter the week at 2-8-0 overall and are coming in off a loss to Grambling State (Oct. 2). Louisiana Tech is in it’s third season of WAC soccer membership as the fourth year program continues to build. To date their two victories have come over Centenary (3-0) and McNeese State (1-0). As a team they have scored eight goals on the year. Kiva Gresham leads the Techsters with four goals and one assist, while four others have recorded one goal each. Kevin Sherry is in his first year as head coach of Louisiana Tech where he is 2-8-0, his overall collegiate record is 74-38-14 in six plus seasons. La Tech returned nine starters and 17 letterwinners from last year’s 4-10-3 squad that went 0-6-1 in league play. This year’s version of the Lady Techsters was picked to place eighth in the season’s WAC race by the league’s coaches.

Looking at Utah State (Match 13): The Aggies enter the week at 4-8-0 overall and are coming off a pair of defeats to instate rivals losing to #19 BYU (2-1) and Utah 2-0 last week. USU will play at Idaho on Friday prior to their home contest with the Broncos on Sunday. They are 3-5 versus common opponents with Boise State with wins over Idaho State (1-0 ot), Weber State (4-3), and Montana (1-0). Their losses were to Northern Arizona (1-0), Oregon (2-1), Gonzaga (2-1), Eastern Washington (2-1), and Utah. Boise State went 2-5-1 against the same teams with wins over Montana and Eastern Washington, and draw with NAU. As a team Utah State has scored 12 goals tied for fifth in the WAC. Dana Peart leads the team with five goals and two assists, while Lauren Hanson and Abby Hunt have two goals each. Heather Cairns is in her fifth year at Utah State where she has a 37-43-9 overall record. The Aggies returned nine starters and 22 letterwinners from last season’s 10-8-2 squad that placed second in the WAC with a 5-0-2 mark. This year’s Aggies were picked to place third in the 2007 WAC race by the conference’s coaches.

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