Boise State closes regular season at home with Hawai?i and San Jose State, Sunday is Senior Day...
► What’s Happening - Boise State University (9-6-2, 2-2-1 WAC) closes out the regular season with two key home matches versus the University of Hawai’i (6-6-4, 2-2-1 WAC) on Friday and San Jose State University (4-9-4, 1-3-1 WAC) on Sunday. The match on Sunday is the regular season finale and "Senior Day." Boise State will honor the three seniors with a short pre-match ceremony.
The Broncos currently sit in a two-way tie for third place with Hawai’i in the Western Athletic Conference standings. Boise State needs to win at least one of the two remaining matches to secure a berth into next week’s conference tournament in Reno, Nev. Only the top six teams advance to the tournament.
Looking at Boise State...
► Recently for Boise State - Boise State enters the final week at 9-6-2 overall and 2-2-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Broncos split a pair of road matches last weekend dropping a defensive battle 1-0 at Fresno State followed by a key 2-0 victory at the University of Nevada on Sunday. Boise State failed to score at Fresno State while freshmen Janelle Jin and Chelsea Robinson each scored at Nevada to lead the Broncos to victory. Prior to that, freshman Chelsea Robinson recorded her second career goal in the second minute of action to lead the Broncos past the University of Idaho and claim the 2008 Gem State championship.
► Boise State clinches non-losing season - With Boise State’s 2-0 win at Nevada last Sunday the Broncos have clinched their fifth consecutive non-losing season. They currently stand at 9-6-2 overall and have two regular season matches plus potentially one or more at the league Tournament next week. At this point of the season they can finish no lower than .500.
► Young Broncos close in on school record for wins - Boise State’s young squad featuring 19 underclassmen currently has a record of 9-6-2 overall, one short of tying the school record for most wins in a season at 10. They could break the mark with a sweep this weekend at home against Hawai’i and San Jose State to close the regular season.
► Senior class needs one win to become winningest group all-time - This year’s senior class of Randi Baker, Emma Boyack, and Katie Derden need one win to become the program’s all-time winningest class. They are currently tied with last year’s class with 35 wins. They are 35-28-11 overall, 2007’s seniors went out 35-30-11 overall.
► Broncos claim 2008 Gem State championship - Chelsea Robinson scored the match-winner over the University of Idaho to lead Boise State to a 1-0 victory over the Vandals in Moscow on Sunday Oct. 19. Boise State completed the sweep of their two instate-rivals with the win to claim the 2008 Gem State championship. The Broncos defeated Idaho State University 2-1 on Sept. 5. It marks the fifth time in 11 years that the Broncos have reigned supreme in Idaho, the "Gem State."
► Bronco Statistical Leaders - Sophomore Shannon Saxton continues to lead Boise State in scoring with 19 points on six goals and a league-high seven assists. Saxton’s six goals have her ranked tied for fourth in the WAC for scoring, she leads in total assists. Andrea Huerta is second in scoring with five goals and two assists for 12 points. The junior from Boise is tied for 10th in the WAC for goals scored. The duo is followed on the team by freshman Chelsea Robinson who eight points this season on three goals and two assists. Senior Randi Baker and junior Danielle Schwalbe each have five points (2g, 1a), while Cheyenne Jones, Emma Boyack, and Janelle Jin have two goals apiece.
► Statistically as a team - Offensively on the year, Boise State features the WAC’s fourth ranked scoring offense with 26 goals for a 1.53 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 26 goals, while a total of nine have dished out at least one of the 19 assists on the season. Defensively, Boise State leads the league (tied) for fewest goals allowed with 17 goals for a 0.99 goals against average, they have also recorded five shutouts on the year.
► 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 71-77-18 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.
Looking at Friday’s Match (#18): Oct. 31 vs. Hawai’i ...
► This weekend will decided the berths and seeds into next week’s WAC Tournament. The Broncos conclude the regular season with a two match homestand beginning with defending champion Hawai’i at 4:00 p.m. (Mountain) at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex in Boise. The Rainbow wahine enter the contest tied with Boise State for third place at 2-2-1 in conference action and 6-6-4 overall. They split a pair of home matches last weekend losing to 2008 WAC champion Utah State 2-1 then rebounded to defeat Louisiana Tech 4-2.
The Series: Hawai’i leads to overall series 6-2-1. Last season the Wahine ran over Boise State 5-0 in Honolulu during the final weekend of the season.
Who To Watch: Taryn Fukuroku leads Hawai’i in scoring with six goals and six assists on the year, followed by Ambree Ako with six goals and three assists. The duo is tied with Boise State’s Saxton for fourth in WAC scoring on the year.
As a Team: Offensively, the Rainbow Wahine have the second ranked scoring offense in the WAC on the year with 31 goals to their credit for a 1.9 goals per match average. Defensively, they rank sixth in goals allowed with 26 for a 1.5 goals against average.
About the Rainbow wahine: Hawai’i returned 17 letterwinners and nine starters from last year’s WAC championship squad that finished 15-5-2 overall and went 6-1 in league. They are in their 16th season under the direction of Pinsoom Tenzing. This year’s version of the Wahine were picked to repeat as champions by the league’s coaches.
Looking at Sunday’s Match (#19): Nov. 2 vs. San Jose State ...
► The regular season ends with "Senior Day" for Boise State Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (Mountain) when the Broncos host San Jose State University at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex. The Spartans will play at the University of Idaho on Friday prior to their encounter with the Broncos. San Jose State enters the week with a 1-3-1 conference mark (sixth place) and a 4-9-4 overall record. Last week they tied Louisiana Tech 1-1 on Friday then lost to Utah State 3-2 on Sunday, both matches were at home.
Senior Day: Boise State will honor its three seniors with a pre-match ceremony. This year’s class includes Randi Baker, Emma Boyack, and Katie Derden.
The Series: Boise State leads the overall series 4-2-2. Last year, the Broncos shutout the Spartans during the season finale in San Jose, Calif., by the score of 2-0.
Who To Watch: Emmy Belding leads San Jose State in scoring on the year with six goals and one assist, followed by Roxy Kamal with two goals and two assists, and Katie Bonadies with two goals.
As a Team: Offensively, the Spartans have the sixth ranked scoring offense in the WAC on the year with 14 goals to their credit for a 0.8 goals per match average. Defensively, they rank fifth for goals allowed with 24 for a 1.32 goals against average.
About the Spartans: San Jose State returned nine letterwinners and four starters from last year’s 4-15-2 squad that went 2-5 in league to place tied for fifth. They are in their first season under the direction of head coach Jeff Leightman. This year’s version of the Spartans was selected to place sixth in this season’s WAC race by the conference’s coaches.
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