► What’s Happening - Boise State University (7-5-2, 0-1-1 WAC) has one match this week and it pits the Broncos on the road against instate rival University of Idaho (1-11-2, 0-1-1 WAC) on Sunday afternoon in Moscow. Kick-off is set for 2:00 p.m. (Mountain) at Wick’s Field on the U of I campus. This is week two of conference play and Sunday’s encounter is the only match scheduled for either team during the weekend as they enter the contest with identical league marks of 0-1-1. The winner of this contest will claim the Gem State championship as the dominant team between Idaho’s three public universities, both defeated Idaho State earlier this year.
Looking at Boise State...
► Recently for Boise State - Boise State enters the week at 7-5-2 overall and 0-1-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Broncos played their first home matches in six weeks last weekend. They struggled through a snow storm in the league opener against Louisiana Tech where they settled for a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes when the match was suspended because of weather conditions. It was later ruled by the conference office that the match would remain a draw because the minimum number of minutes (70) had been played. On Sunday, the Utah State Aggies handed the Broncos their first home loss of the season by the score of 2-0.
► Bronco Statistical Leaders - Sophomore Shannon Saxton continues to lead Boise State in scoring with 17 points on six goals and a league-high (tied) five assists. Saxton’s six goals have her ranked third in the WAC for scoring. Andrea Huerta is second in scoring with five goals and two assists for 12 points. The junior from Boise is tied for fourth in the WAC for goals scored. The duo is followed on the team by senior Randi Baker and junior Danielle Schwalbe each have five points (2g, 1a), while Cheyenne Jones and Emma Boyack have two goals apiece. Chelsea Robinson also has four points on one goal and two assists. In all, 14 of Boise State’s 16 newcomers have seen their Bronco debuts this fall. The other two are redshirting.
► Statistically as a team - Offensively on the year, Boise State features the WAC’s third ranked scoring offense with 23 goals for a 1.6 goals per game average. Fourteen Broncos have recorded at least one point on the year. Boise State has had 10 different individuals contribute to the team’s 23 goals, while a total of eight have dished out at least one of the 16 assists on the season. Defensively, Boise State has the league’s second ranked (tied) scoring defense allowing 16 goals to date for a 01.12 goals against average, they have also recorded three shutouts.
► Briefly About the Team - Boise State features the youngest squad in the Western Athletic Conference with 19 underclassmen on a roster of 26: 13 true freshmen, two redshirt freshmen, and four sophomores. In fact, only seven players returned who had seen action for the Broncos. In all, their are 19 players on the team who could see their Boise State debuts this year. The Broncos also returned the second fewest starters in the league with five compared to four for San Jose State.
► What is Back for Boise State - Boise State returned the nation’s fourth ranked and the WAC’s top scorer for 2007 in sophomore Shannon Saxton who averaged 0.895 goals per game as a freshman. She tallied a league best 17 goals and 39 points last year. Both Saxton and senior midfielder Randi Baker where named to this season’s preseason All-WAC team.
► The Head Coach - The 2008 season marks Steve Lucas’ ninth as head coach of the Broncos where he currently owns a 69-76-18 record to date. His current squad was picked by the league’s coaches to finish fourth in this season’s WAC race after going 9-7-3 overall and 5-1-1 in conference last season, tied for second in the final standings.
► Record At Bronco Soccer Field - The Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex is the home of Boise State soccer. The field is located adjacent to the Boas Tennis and Soccer Center on south Oakland Avenue. Since the field opened in 2003, the Broncos have gone 26-12-10 (.646) all-time on their home turf. This season Boise State has gone 2-1-2 at home.
Match 15: Idaho Preview...
► Recently For Idaho - The University of Idaho is struggling this season entering the week a 1-11-2 overall and 0-1-1 in league play. They opened conference action last week in Logan, Utah where they lost at Utah State 4-0. They then played Louisiana Tech to a scoreless draw in Moscow on Sunday. Their lone win of the season was 2-0 over Idaho State during the Governor’s Cup Sept. 5-7.
► Who to Watch - Idaho is led by Nicole McAllister with three goals on the season. Second in scoring is Jennifer Hull with two goals and two assists.
► Briefly on the LadY Techsters - Idaho has scored eight goals on the year while allowing 25. The Vandals returned 18 letterwinners and 10 starters from last season’s campaign that saw them go 5-12-1 overall and 1-5-1 in league to place seventh. The 2008 squad was picked to place seventh again in this year’s conference race.
► The Series - Sunday’s match with Idaho will be the 11th encounter between the two programs dating back to the inaugural year for both schools’ soccer teams in 1998. The Broncos have the advantage in the overall series 6-3-1. Boise State won last year’s encounter in Boise by the score of 5-1.