Boise State Soccer closes home regular season schedule this weekend with Fresno State and Nevada, Senior Day is Sunday ...

Boise State (7-5-2, WAC 3-0-0) closes the home portion of their regular season schedule this weekend when they host the Fresno State Bulldogs (8-6-0, WAC 3-1-0) at 4:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Friday and Nevada (5-8-1, WAC 1-3-0) at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Boise State and Fresno State enter the week tied in points (9) with Hawaii at the top of the WAC standings, while Nevada won their first league contest of the season this past Sunday in Reno when they defeated Louisiana Tech 4-1. Nevada and Fresno State were picked by the WAC coaches to battle for the WAC title this year, Nevada was tabbed first while Fresno State was a close second. Sunday’s match with Nevada will be "Senior Day," the Broncos will honor their 11 seniors with a short pre-game ceremony.

 

Week Nine Match Notes...

Looking at Boise State: The Broncos are 7-5-2 overall in their 10th season of competition. Boise State enters this week coming off a 5-1 home victory over arch-rival Idaho this past Sunday in Boise, the lone match of the week. Prior to that win the Broncos defeated Louisiana Tech 4-2 in Ruston (Oct. 12), then followed that up with their first ever victory against Utah State in Logan (Oct. 14) by the score of 2-1. This is the first time in program history that the Broncos have opened league play at 3-0-0, the previous best was 2-0-1 in 2004. Boise State features the second ranked offense in the Western Athletic Conference with 34 goals and 28 assists for 96 total points. However, they lead the WAC offensively in league games with 11 goals and seven assists for 29 points, the goals and points are league highs while the assists rank second. 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 14 goals and four assists to date. The Beaverton, Ore. native recorded two goals against Idaho this past weekend to extend her two school single season records for goals scored to 14 and points to 32. Both totals are league bests and her four assists on the year are tied for fifth. Saxton is tied for fifth nationally for goals per game, tied for sixth in goals scored, and is seventh in points per game, and tied for 8th 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 and sophomore Kaylea Perenon each have three goals and three assists, followed by Danielle Schwalbe with three goals and one assist and Cheyenne Jones who has two goals and three assists. Defensively, redshirt sophomore Jennifer Burns owns a 6-3-2 record in goal and has recorded three shutouts in the 11 matches played.

Boise State Versus This Week’s Opposition:

Fresno State - Boise State is 2-4-0 all-time against Fresno State and 1-2-0 versus the Bulldogs in Boise. To date, three of the six matches played in the series have gone to overtime where Fresno State holds a 2-1-0 advantage in extra time matches. Last season the Bulldogs downed the Broncos 2-0 in Fresno with goals by Nicole Gutierrez and Cortney Sobrero, Gutierrez is back this season.

Nevada - Boise State has dominated the series with Nevada holding a 5-1-1 all-time lead in the series. Boise State has never lost to Nevada in the regular season with the Wolf Pack’s lone win (3-0) coming at the 2005 WAC Tournament in Boise. The two teams tied 0-0 last season in Reno.

This Week’s Opponents...

Looking at Fresno State (Match 15): The Bulldogs are coming off a sweep this past weekend in Fresno with wins over Louisiana Tech (4-0) on Friday and Utah State (1-0) Sunday. They enter the week at 8-6-0 overall and 3-1-0 in league action tied in points at the top of the league standings with Boise State and Hawaii, all have nine points. Fresno State’s lone conference loss was at Hawaii (Oct. 14) by the score of 2-1. Nicole Gutierrez leads the Bulldogs with eight goals and three assists on the year, she is tied for second in the WAC for goals scored. Following Gutierrez is Amanda Reyes with four goals and two assists, while Ali Sill has three goals and six assists. As a team, Fresno Sate ranks fourth in the league for scoring offense with 22 goals to go with 25 assists. Steve Springthorpe is in his fourth season at Fresno State where he has a 36-30-9 overall record. The Bulldogs returned seven starters and 12 letterwinners from last years WAC regular season championship team that went 6-0-1 in league and 13-5-3 overall. This year’s squad was picked to place second in the 2007 league race by the conference’s coaches.

Looking at Nevada (Match 16): Nevada is coming off a home split last weekend with a 2-0 loss to Utah State on Friday (Oct. 19) followed by a convincing 4-1 victory over Louisiana Tech on Sunday (Oct. 21). They enter the week at 5-8-1 overall and 1-3-0 in WAC action. Cristen Drummond leads the Wolf Pack in scoring with five goals and two assists. She is followed by Karen Zmirak with four goals and four assists on the year. As a team, Nevada has scored 23 goals on the season to rank third in the WAC. The Wolf Pack are currently under the guidance of interim head coach Antoinette Marjanovic who took over the program just before the season began. Nevada returned eight starters and 12 letterwinners from last year’s WAC Tournament championship team that went 13-5-4 overall and 4-2-1 in league action. They won last season’s conference tournament on their home field in Reno to advance to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The WAC’s coaches picked the 2007 Wolf Pack to win the league regular season title.


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