Soccer host arch-rival Vandals on Sunday, it is also alumni recognition day ...

Boise State (6-5-2, WAC 2-0-0) plays one match this week and it is a big one against their arch-rivals from northern Idaho, the Idaho Vandals (4-8-1,WAC 0-1-1). The match kicks off at 1:00 p.m. (Mountain) at the Broncos’ Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex in Boise. This is the 10th edition of this rivalry dating back to 1998 when both programs began. The match will also be apart of a celebration of the Broncos 10th anniversary as they host the first alumni recognition day honoring those who have been apart of the program over the years.

Week Eight Match Notes...

Looking at Boise State: The Broncos are 6-5-2 overall in their 10th season of competition. Boise State enters this week coming off a road sweep to open conference action. The Broncos defeated Louisiana Tech 4-2 last Friday in Ruston then followed that up with their first ever victory against Utah State in Logan by the score of 2-1. It is the first time since 2004 that Boise State opened conference play at 2-0. Boise State features the second ranked offense in the Western Athletic Conference with 29 goals and 24 assists for 82 total points. However, they had the best start to the league season with a WAC high six goals and three assists for 15 points. 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 Western Athletic Conference in scoring during her debut season at Boise State recording 12 goals and four assists to date. The Beaverton, Ore. native’s goal at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 12 set two school single season records for goals scored (12) and points (28). Both totals are league bests and her four assists on the year are tied for third. Saxton is tied for seventh nationally for goals scored and goals per game, is seventh in points per game, and tied for 10th in total points. As a team, 10 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 four goals and three assists, senior Erin Wofford has three goals and two assists, followed by sophomore Kaylea Perenon (2g, 3a), freshman Cheyenne Jones (2g, 2a), and Danielle Schwalbe (2g, 1a). Defensively, redshirt sophomore Jennifer Burns owns a 5-3-1 record in goal and has recorded three shutouts in the 10 matches played.

Boise State Versus This Week’s Opposition: Boise State and Idaho, along with Idaho State, started their soccer programs in 1998. Since that time Boise State has claimed a 5-3-1 edge in the all-time series with the Vandals. Last season Idaho surprised Boise State playing the Broncos to a 1-1 draw in Boise. After Boise State’s Kristin Hall, who has graduated, gave the Broncos an early lead in the 12th minute, Idaho’s Sonja Baumgartner tied the match in the 57th minute. After two overtime periods the teams settle on the first draw of the series by a 1-1 score.

This Week’s Opponent...

Looking at Idaho (Match 14): The Vandals are coming off a 0-1-1 weekend to open WAC play. They lost to Utah State 4-0 in Moscow, Idaho on Friday (Oct. 12) and tied 0-0 at Louisiana Tech on Sunday (Oct. 14). They enter this week’s action at 4-8-1 overall and 01-1 in WAC play tied for sixth place. Like Boise State, they play one match this week, that being the encounter with the Broncos in Boise on Sunday (Oct. 21). Offensively the Vandals have recorded 12 goals as a team on the season, meanwhile defensively they have notched five shutouts in 13 matches. Jennifer Hull leads Idaho in scoring with fives goals and one assists to rank tied for eighth in the WAC for points and tied for fifth in goals scored. Pete Showler is in his third season at Idaho where he continues to rebuild the program. He is currently 7-41-3 overall at the school. He returned seven starters and 15 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 0-17-2 overall and 0-5-2 in WAC play. This season’s Vandals were picked to place seventh in this year’s conference race.


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