► What’s Happening - The Boise State University‘s soccer team has one match on its schedule for this week against instate-rival University of Idaho this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (Mountain) at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex on South Oakland Avenue in Boise. The Broncos enter the contest at 6-8-2 and 3-1-1 in Western Athletic Conference play, while the Vandals are off to their best start ever at 13-4 overall and 4-1-0 in league. Sunday is “Pink Out” in recognition of breast cancer awareness month.
► What’s Happened Recently - The Broncos are coming off a big weekend on the road where they went 1-0-1 to pick up four points in the WAC standings. It was a tough road trip for Boise State where both contests went to overtime. The Broncos opened with a scoreless draw at league leader Utah State University (8-4-5, WAC 4-0-1) for the Aggies first blemish on their conference record. Boise State then followed that with a 2-1 overtime win at the University of Nevada on Sunday. Ashley Walsh gave the Broncos the lead in the 12th minute only to see the Aggies tie it up before halftime. Erica Parks then handed Boise State the victory with a goal off a free kick in the 97th minute.
Match 17 Preview Vs. Idaho
Boise State’s lone match of the week is a home game against instate-rival Idaho at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Vandals are coming off a road split last weekend defeating Nevada 1-0 before dropping a 2-0 decision at Utah State to snap a six-game win streak.
● Live Internet Coverage: There will be live stats, audio and video for this game at www.BroncoSports.com, go to the multimedia link. The live stats are free while there is a charge for the audio and video.
● The Series: Sunday’s encounter with Idaho will be the 13th meeting all-time with the Broncos holding a 7-4-1 advantage in the series. Boise State is 4-1-1 in Boise versus the Vandals all-time.
● Last Year: The Vandals defeated Boise State 3-1 in Moscow. Shannon Saxton gave Boise State an early lead in the 17th minute before Idaho rallied with three unanswered goals by Jennifer Hull in the 22nd, followed by two second-half goals by Chelsea Small in the 59th and 82nd minutes.
● About the Vandals: Idaho enters the game at 13-4-0 overall and 4-1-0 in WAC play. The Vandals were picked by the WAC coaches to finish seventh in this year’s conference race. Offensively, they have scored 31 goals this season, third most in the WAC. Chelsea Small is tied for the lead in the WAC for scoring with 12 goals to go with four assists. Megan Lopez is second on the UI roster with four goals and two assists.
The Bronco Notebook
► Leading Boise State - To date, 12 Broncos have recorded goals on the season led by senior Shannon Saxton with five, Erica Parks and Katy Oehring are second with three goals, followed by Cheyenne Jones, Ashley Walsh 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 late in each match with the exception of the Oregon game.
● Nine of the matches have been decided by one goal, Boise State is 2-7 in those contests. There has also been two draws.
● 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 23 goals and has been shutout seven times. Defensively, they have allowed 16 goals, two on penalty kicks, and recorded four shutouts.
● In five WAC matches to date, Boise State has gone 3-1-1 out scoring the opponents 12-2. All four have been shutouts, two by the Broncos, one by the opponents, and one 0-0 draw.
● Overtime has not been kind to Boise State. However, the Broncos broke through for their first overtime win at Nevada and are now 1-2-2 in matches that have gone into extra time.
► 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 since the Northern Colorado match as players have regained their health. Boise State has now used the same lineup for the past six contests, including all WAC matches.
● 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 10 Boise State has scored 23 goals, 12 from underclassmen. Freshman Katy Oehring and sophomore Erica Parks lead the underclassmen with three each, while freshman Tylyn Hughes is next with two goals, sophomore Ebie Harris, freshmen Gabby Garcia and Rebe Wolverton each have one.