Soccer Hosts Fresno, UNLV for Homecoming

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What's Happening This Week: The Boise State women's soccer homecoming has been made sweeter by winning two road matches last weekend. This week, the Broncos will host a pair of conference foes in Fresno State and UNLV. Fresno State will be in Boise, Friday for a 4 p.m. matchup while the UNLV match is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m.            

Promotions: The first 200 fans though the gate, Friday will receive a Boise State rally towel.

Fans who show their ticket from the Boise State football game against UNLV will be granted free admission to the Sunday soccer match against the Rebels.  Fans are also encouraged to "pink out" the Boas Soccer Complex in support of breast cancer awareness. Fans who wear pink will be able to buy a reduced-price ticket ($4).

Follow the Action: Live stats for each match will be available HERE, and live video will be provided with registration HERE.

Fans can also receive live in-game updates via twitter by following @broncosportssoc.

► Match 17 Preview - Fresno State - Friday, Oct. 19 - 4 p.m. MT

• The Series: The former Western Athletic Conference opponents will be meeting for the 13th time. Fresno State has a 6-4-2 advantage but Boise State has not lost to the Bulldogs in the previous three meetings. Five of the 12 matches between the two have gone to overtime.

• Last Time: In 2010, The Broncos and Bulldogs tied 2-2 after a wild finish in Boise. Fresno State took a 2-0 lead with goals in the 37th and 80th minute. The Orange Blue would find their scoring touch late as Shannon Saxton put one away in the 83rd minute followed by a Kati Lucas goal in the 89th to send the match to overtime. Neither team was able find many chances in the 20 minute of extra time, resulting in a 2-2 draw.

• Scouting the Bulldogs: After starting the season without a win in its first nine matches, Fresno State has picked up the pace coming into conference play and is currently in a three-way tie for second with seven points. The Boise State defense will be tested by one of the offensive leaders in the conference, senior forward Callie Hancock. Hancock ranks third in both goals and points with 12 and 18, respectively. The weakness for the Bulldogs has not been scoring goals, but keeping the ball out of their own net. They rank last in the conference in goals allowed (1.81/game) even though the team leads the conference in saves with 106 - 30 more saves than second-highest, Nevada. The Bulldogs have also struggled on the road this season as they carry only a 1-5-2 mark with the only win coming at Wyoming.

► Match 18 Preview - UNLV - Sunday, Oct. 21 - 1 p.m. MT

• The Series: Boise State is 0-4-0 against UNLV and is 0-1-0 against the Rebels at home after a 2-1 loss in 2000.

• Last Time: These two met twice last year, once in the regular season and again in the first round of the Mountain West tournament. At UNLV the Broncos had no answer for the UNLV offense, giving up five goals in a 5-0 loss. In tournament play, Boise State better handled the Rebel attack but the match ended in the same fashion as UNLV won 2-0.

• Scouting the Rebels: UNLV has seen success under first-year head coach, Michael Coll. The Rebels have not missed a beat this season as they carry a 10-3-2 record into the weekend and are tied for second in the Mountain West. The team is tied for second in the conference in goals per game (1.80) while also ranking second in shutouts (7). Junior forward Jenn Wolfe leads the team with 11 goals, good enough for second in the conference. Meanwhile, Macy Jo Harrison has been the team distributer with seven assists. UNLV has not been tested on the road this season, going 1-1-0 in true road matches.

2012 Bronco Season Notebook

No Place Like Home - Boise State is 4-2-1 at the Boas Soccer Complex where it has outscored opponents 11-6 this season while outshooting them 112-74.  Overall, the Broncos own a 45-22-16 at the facility all-time.

► Second-Half Siege - The Broncos have scored 14 of the season's 18 goals in the second half or later.

► On the Defensive - The back line for the Broncos have stepped up over the last five matches, allowing only two goals and recording three shutouts. Boise State has held teams scoreless five times this season which is tied for fourth in school history and one shy of last season's total.

► A "Schuer" Thing - Sophomore Shannon Schueren has recorded six goals, two assists, and 14 points this season, leading the team in each category. The central midfielder has been involved in eight of the Broncos' 18 goals.

Her averages of 1.00 points/game and 0.43 goals/game each rank fourth in the conference.

► Movin' On Up - With a start in both of this weekend's matches, senior midfielder Lauren Hickok will tie and surpass Lindsay Roberts for the most starts in Boise State history. Roberts set the record last season with 79. Hickok still ranks second behind Roberts in minutes played (6,613) and is tied for fifth in games played (79).

Mandy Nader has also cracked the career top-10 list for minutes played and games played. The Orange, Calif., native is fifth with 5,905 minutes and joined Erica Parks in a tie for seventh with 77 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.