Soccer to Make Final Mountain West Road Trip
What's Happening This Week: The Boise State soccer team will make its second and final road trip of the conference season when it heads to Air Force and Wyoming this weekend. The Broncos will take on the Falcons, Friday at 4:30 p.m., and the Cowgirls, Sunday at 1 p.m.
Follow the Action: Live stats for Friday's match will be available HERE. Live stats for Sunday's match will be available HERE.
Fans can also receive live in-game updates via twitter by following @broncosportssoc.
► Match 15 Preview - Air Force - Friday, Oct. 12 - 4:30 p.m. MT
• The Series: Air Force holds a 2-1-0 advantage over Boise State and won the only match played at USAFA in 2010 thanks to a goal in double overtime.
• Last Time: Boise State was defeated, 1-0 by Air Force last season in Boise. Bridgett Murphy scored the Falcons' only goal in the 12th minute from six yards out past goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt who was filling in for an injured Liz Ruiz.
• Scouting the Falcons: Air Force has had trouble scoring this season and has had to rely on defense to earn results. One of the teams will walk away this weekend with their first conference win after Air Force fell to Fresno State and UNLV in its first two conference duels. The team is seventh in the Mountain West in goals per game at 1.00/game but is second in goals against average at 0.78/game. Goalkeeper Kelly Stambaugh ranks second in the conference for GAA and save percentage (.841) while senior forward Stephanie Patterson leads the team in goals and points with five and 10, respectively.
► Match 16 Preview - Wyoming - Sunday, Oct. 14 - 1 p.m. MT
• The Series: Boise State is 0-5-1 against Wyoming all-time and 0-3-0 in games played at Laramie. Sunday will mark the third-consecutive contest played on Wyoming's home field.
• Last Time: In 2011, the Broncos were beat 1-0 by a goal scored from just inside midfield on a Wyoming free kick in the 49th minute. Loren Mahoney took the kick that bounced into the 18-yard box and over the hands of goalkeeper Megan Blanchard. Boise State's scoring chances were few and far between as they only attempted six shots in the match.
• Scouting the Cowgirls: Wyoming is 7-4-2 overall with a 0-1-1 record in the MW play. The Cowgirls will be a sharp contrast to Friday's match, as they lead the conference in goals per game (2.08) but are seventh in goals against average (1.64). Sarah Paul carries the offensive load by leading the league with ten assists and scoring two goals of her own. In the opening two weeks, Wyoming tied UNLV and lost at home against Fresno State.
2012 Bronco Season Notebook
► Young Guns - Head coach Steve Lucas has given the 2012 newcomers a chance to shine as five freshmen have started seven or more games this season.
► Trends Of Success - Each of Boise State's five wins have come in matches where they score the first goal.
So far, the magic number for the Broncos has been two. The squad is 3-0-0 in matches where they score two or more goals.
The Broncos are 2-0-0 when they carry a lead into the locker room at halftime.
► Movin' On Up - Lauren Hickok has been a staple in the Boise State lineup each of her four years as a Bronco. The senior is second in minutes played (6,419), third in games started (76) and sixth in games played (77).
Mandy Nader has also cracked the career top-10 list for minutes played and games played. The Orange, Calif., native is fifth with 5,706 minutes and joined Erica Parks at 10th with 75 career appearances.
Parks is also currently in a tie for third on the career goals list (16) and ranks sixth in career points with 37. The senior needs two points to surpass Abbe Roche for fifth, and four points to jump Kaziah Hill and Randi Baker for third all-time. Parks is also tied for second with eight career game-winning goals, one behind the school record.
► A "Schuer" Thing - Sophomore Shannon Schueren has recorded five goals, two assists, and 12 points this season, leading the team in each category. The central midfielder has been involved in seven of the Broncos' 16 goals.
Her goals and points totals are fourth and sixth in the conference, respectively.
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