Broncos Make Trip to UNLV, San Diego State
What's Happening This Week: The Boise State women's soccer team (5-8-1, 0-2-0) will look to get back into the Mountain West mix when it faces two conference opponents on the road this weekend. The Broncos will head to Las Vegas for a 7 p.m. PT match against the UNLV Rebels, Friday before making the trip to San Diego, Calif., to go head-to-head with San Diego State, Sunday at 11 a.m. PT.
► GAME 15 PREVIEW - UNLV
• The Series: Boise State has faced UNLV two times in the program's history but the two teams have not met since 2000. The Rebels have a 2-0 edge over the Broncos, and are 1-0 at home.
• Scouting the Rebels: UNLV enters the weekend with a 5-8-2 record overall, going 1-1-0 in conference play with a win against TCU and a loss last weekend at New Mexico. The Broncos may have a chance to jump out to an early lead, as one of the Rebels' problems has been getting off to a fast start in games. Out of the 15 goals UNLV has scored this season, only four have come in the first half. Boise State will have to keep an eye out for forwards Jenn Wolfe and Katherine Orellana who each lead the team with three goals and two assists this season.
• Last Time: The last time these two teams met was Sept. 15, 2000 in Boise. Boise State's Jaime Nicholsen put the Broncos up 1-0 with a 15 yard strike from the right side in the 51st minute. The Rebels would respond with two unanswered goals in the 71st and 81st minute to take the lead and eventually win, 2-1.
• Live Coverage: Live stats will be available at http://www.unlvrebels.com/gametracker/launch/gt_wsoccer.html?event=1003029&school=unlv&sport=wsoccer&camefrom=&startschool=&
► GAME 16 PREVIEW - SAN DIEGO STATE
• The Series: This is the first meeting between the two teams.
• Scouting the Aztecs: San Diego State enters the weekend at 7-5-3 and 1-0-1 in conference play with a win (4-0) over TCU and a draw (0-0) against New Mexico. The Aztecs are known for putting pressure on the opposing defense, as they lead the Mountain West in shots. Senior midfielder Cat Walker leads the team and is second in the conference in both points and goals, with 13 and six, respectively.
• Live Coverage: Live stats will be available at http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=2144
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.
► ROAD WARRIORS - The Broncos have fared better on the road this season then they have at home. Boise state owns a 2-2-0 record in true road games, allowing only three goals in four matches.
► 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 78 career appearances which places her in a tie for third 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 78.
Fellow senior Ashley Walsh has played in 76 matches throughout her career, and is tied for seventh on the all-time list with Melanie Bohnet. The Vancouver, Wash., native is one game shy of moving into a tie for fifth with Randi baker and Kristin Hall.
► 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.
Schueren was also named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's list of the Mountain West's top 20 players to watch.
► 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.
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