► What’s Happening - The Boise State University‘s soccer team is one the road once again, this time the Broncos are off to Utah State University and the University of Nevada for a pair of key Western Athletic Conference matches. This week’s action begins at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Friday against the Utah State Aggies (7-4-4, WAC 3-0-0) at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field in Logan. The weekend will conclude with a 2:00 p.m. (Mountain) contest on Sunday versus the Nevada Wolf Pack (6-6-2, WAC 1-2-0) at Mackay Stadium in Reno. Entering the third week of Western Athletic Conference action Boise State is 5-8-1 on the year and 2-1-0 in league play.
► What’s Happened Recently - The Broncos where in Boise for a pair of homecoming matches which they split defeating New Mexico State soundly 6-0 then stumbled in a 1-0 loss to Louisiana Tech. Shannon Saxton and Cheyenne Jones led Boise State against NMSU with two goals and one assist apiece, Lauren Hickok and Tylyn Hughes each added a goal. In the La Tech encounter the Broncos could not convert on five shots on goal as they fell for the first time to the Lady Techsters (BSU 4-1-1) as Boise State went to 2-1-0 in home games on the year.
Match 15 Preview at Utah State
Boise State opens this week’s road trip at Utah State where they will take on the Aggies at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Logan. Utah State has won four matches in a row including a sweep last week at home, 3-1 over Nevada followed by a 3-0 win over Houston Baptist.
● Live Internet Coverage: There will be live stats for this game at http://www.utahstateaggies.com/sports/w-soccer/sched/ust-w-soccer-sched.html
● The Series: Friday’s encounter with USU will be the 13th meeting all-time with the Aggies holding a 9-3-0 advantage in the series. Boise State is 1-2-0 in Logan all-time.
● Last Year: The two teams split a pair of 1-0 encounters last year, both in Boise. Utah State won the regular-season meeting on a Natalie Norris goal in the 67th minute. The two squads then met a second time in the WAC semifinals where Boise State won with a Erica Parks goal in the 58th minute.
● About the Aggies: Utah State enters the game at 7-4-4 overall and 3-0 in WAC play. The Aggies were picked by the WAC coaches to win this year’s conference race. Offensively, they have scored 23 goals this season. Lauren Hansen leads the team with nine goals and three assists, followed by Shantel Flanary with six goals and four assists.
● Utah State’s Head Coach: Heather Cairns is in her second season as head coach at Utah State where she has gone 75-67-16 to date.
Match 16 Preview at Nevada
Boise State concludes this week’s schedule at Nevada with a 2:00 p.m. (Mountain) kick-off in Reno on Sunday. The Wolf Pack host Idaho on Friday and are coming off a loss in their lone match last week 3-1 at Utah State.
Nevada promotion, any one wearing "pink" gets into the match free.
● The Series: Sunday marks the 12th meeting all-time between the two schools with Boise State holding a 9-1-1 lead in the series. The Broncos are 3-0-1 versus Nevada in Reno.
● Last Year: Boise State swept a pair of meetings over the Wolf Pack in Boise. The Broncos won the regular-season match 2-0 on second-half goals by Brandy Hickcox and Erica Parks. In the second encounter, Boise State won the WAC Tournament title game over Nevada on a 23rd minute goal by Parks.
● About the Wolf Pack: Nevada enters the game at 6-6-2 on the year and 1-2 in league. The Wolf Pack was picked by the WAC coaches to place fourth in this year’s conference race. Offensively, Nevada has scored 23 goals this year. Five players have scored three or more goals led by Erin Smith with four.
● Nevada’s Head Coach: Melissa Price is in her first season as head coach at Nevada where she has gone 6-6-2 to date.
The Bronco Season Notebook
► Leading Boise State - To date, 12 Broncos have recorded goals on the season led by senior Shannon Saxton with five, freshman Katy Oehring is second with three goals, followed by Cheyenne Jones, Erica Parks and Tylyn Hughes with two goals. Ten players have dished out at least one assist led by Saxton with four.
► Broncos as a Team - Boise State struggled in the early going do to injuries and youthfulness. However, they have been in most contest to date and had opportunities to win all of them late in each match.
● Eight of the matches have been decided by one goal, Boise State is 1-7 in those contests. There has also been one 1-1 draw.
● In five games decided by two or more games Boise State is 4-1. The Broncos have scored three or more goals three times this year: W 3-1 at Colorado College, W 4-0 at Hawai’i and W 6-0 vs. New Mexico State.
● Offensively to date, the team has scored 21 goals and has been shutout six times. Defensively, they have allowed 15 goals, two on penalty kicks, and recorded three shutouts.
● In three WAC matches to date, Boise State has gone 2-1 out scoring the opponents 10-1. All three have been shutouts, two by the Broncos and one by the opponents.
● Overtime has not been kind to Boise State who is 0-2-1 in matches that have gone into extra time. They lost 2-1 at Air Force in the 106th minute on a penalty kick and 1-0 in the 94th minute at Idaho State. The last OT finished in a 1-1 draw at Montana.
► Lineup Changes - The Boise State coaching staff has had a difficult season and has been forced to shuffle its starting lineup for various reasons ranging from injuries to trying to find a successful start to matches.
● To date in 16 contests played they have had 10 different lineups with 20 individuals earning at least one start.
● The weekend of Sept. 17-19 was the first time that Boise State had used the same lineup for two consecutive matches. However, it was different from any of the other nine contests played to date.
● The lineup has settled in a little since the Northern Colorado match. Boise State has now used the same lineup for the past four contests.
● Only Liz Ruiz (junior goalkeeper), Ashley Walsh (junior midfielder), Chelsea Robinson (junior midfielder) and Malia Hendrix (senior defender) have started every game this season.
● Six true freshmen have started at least one match to date: Gabby Garcia, Ashley Hruby, Kallie Neimann, Katy Oehring, Rebe Wolverton and Mackenzie Hickel.
► Youth Movement - Heading into week nine Boise State has scored 21 goals, 11 from underclassmen. Freshman Katy Oehring leads with three, sophomore Erica Parks and freshman Tylyn Hughes are next with two goals, while sophomore Ebie Harris, and freshmen Gabby Garcia and Rebe Wolverton each have one. Upperclassmen with goals this season are senior Shannon Saxton with five, senior Cheyenne Jones has two; followed JC transfer Kati Lucas, Ashley Walsh and Lindsay Roberts, all are juniors with one goal each.
► Saxton Extends career Records - Heading into the campaign senior Shannon Saxton owned the career records for assists and points. Since then she has taken over the career goals mark as well. To date, she has extended her records to 34 goal, 20 assists and 88 points.
► Broncos Get 100th Win - Boise State’s victory on Sept. 12 over Seattle University was the program’s 100th win in program history dating back to the inaugural season of 1998. The program is 102-117-24 all-time.
► Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex - The Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex is the home of Bronco soccer. The facility is located adjacent to the Boas Tennis bubbles on south Oakland Avenue. Since the field opened in 2003, the Broncos have gone 37-15-13 (.669) all-time on their home turf. Last year Boise State went 8-2-3, this year they are 2-1-0.