Sunday is "Senior Day."
► What’s Happening - Boise State University closes the 2009 regular-season this weekend when its host the University of Hawai’i at 4:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Friday followed by the season finale at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday against league leading San Jose State University. Both contests will be played at Boise State’s Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex. The Broncos enter the week with a 8-6-4 overall mark and in a two-way tie with the University of Nevada for fifth-place in the WAC standings with a 3-3-0 league record.
Hawai’i enters the week in seventh-place at 6-10-1 overall and 2-4-0 in conference. San Jose State enters the weekend on a 13-game unbeaten streak leading the WAC with a 4-0-2 mark and a 10-4-3 overall record. They will host Fresno State on Friday before traveling to Boise for Sunday’s encounter with the Broncos.
► Senior Day - Boise State closes the 2009 campaign on Sunday against San Jose State. That means the Broncos will hold their annual “Senior Day” ceremonies prior to the match. The festivities will start approximately 15 minutes before the start of the game with Boise State honoring their seniors in a short presentation.
► WAC Tournament Update - With two games remaining in the regular season the pressure is mounting on Boise State to qualify for the Western Athletic Conference Tournament being held on its home field Nov. 5-8. Only the top-six teams out of nine advance to the event. The Broncos are currently tied for fifth-place, a win on Friday over Hawaii would clinch a berth into the six-team tournament with a bid into the NCAA Tournament on the line.
► What’s Happened Recently - Boise State is coming off back-to-back weeks where it has played one match per week. This past weekend they record a key 2-1 road victory at Fresno State. It was the first win over the Bulldogs in six years and the first on the road since 2001. On Friday Kaylea Perenon gave the Broncos the lead in the 22nd minute while Ashley Walsh extended the lead to 2-0 just before half. The Broncos played nearly 90 minutes of shutout ball surrendering a goal to the Bulldogs with 10 seconds left in the contest. Prior to that ,on Sunday, Oct. 18, Boise State lost 3-1 on the road at Idaho.
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► 2009 Scoring Leaders - Junior Shannon Saxton continues to lead the team in scoring with six goals and two assists for 14 points. Freshman Erica Parks is second in scoring with five goals and two assists for 12 points. Saxton is in a four-way tie for ninth in the WAC for goals scored. Another freshman Maureen Fitzgerald is third in scoring with two goals and a team-high four assists for eight points. Fitzgerald is in a four-way tie for sixth in the WAC for assists.
► 2009 Team Stats - To date, Boise State has recorded 23 goals and 17 assists. Ten different individuals have scored a goal and 11 have recorded an assist. Boise State averages 1.3 goals per game and has a shots on goal percentage of 43 percent. Defensively, the Broncos have recorded six shutouts on the year and have allowed 16 goals this season for a league second-best 0.84 goals against average.
► Saxton Eyes Career Record for Goals - In nearly three years Saxton has written her name into the Bronco record book ranking in the top-10 of 46 categories. On Sunday, Oct. 18, she set another school record for career points when she scored the Broncos lone goal at Idaho giving her 73 points to pass Brittany Zoellner’s (1999-03) mark of 72. She is now within one goal of tying Zoellner’s record for career goals at 30, Saxton has 29 entering this weekend. Other career records she holds include most assists with 15, most multi-assist games with three, and tied for first in most multi-goal games with five.
► The Head Coach - The 2009 season marks Steve Lucas’ 10th as head coach of the Broncos where he currently owns a 81-85-22 record to date. This is Lucas’ 12th season overall with the program after serving two years as the assistant before his promotion in 2000. Against this week’s competition, Lucas is 2-7-1 versus Hawai’i and 6-2-2 against San Jose State.
Looking at the Hawai’i Match...
► About Hawai’i - The Rainbow Wahine were picked to place second in the 2009 league race by the conference’s coaches. They returned five starters and 11 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 8-7-4 overall and 4-2-1 to place third in the league. Hawai’i is in its 16th year under the direction of head coach Pinsoom Tenzing who is 138-142-27 at the school, he is 7-2-1 versus Boise State.
► In 2009 - The Wahine enter the week 6-10-1 overall and 2-4-0 in Western Athletic Conference action, good for seventh-place. They are coming off split at home last week losing 2-1 to Nevada then defeated Utah State 3-1. Hawai’i has three preseason All-WAC honorees on its roster in senior forward Ambree Ako, junior midfielder Mari Punzal and junior defender Chelsea Deptula. Britta Bourne and Ambree Ako lead Hawai’i in scoring with seven goals and three assists apiece. Hawai’i has recorded 20 goals on the year while allowing 25 for a 1.4 goals against average.
► The Series - Friday’s encounter between the Boise State and Hawai’i will be the 11th meeting all-time with the Rainbow Wahine holding a 7-2-1 advantage. Last year in Boise, the Wahine defeated the Broncos 2-1. Mari Punzal and Chelsea Deptula scored for Hawai’i, while then senior Randi Baker scored for the Broncos. Deptula’s goal in the 73rd minute broke a 1-1 draw giving Hawai’i the victory. Boise State’s last win in the series was three years ago in Boise by the score of 3-2 on Oct. 8, 2006.
Looking at the San Jose State Match...
► About SJSU - The Spartans were picked to place sixth in the 2009 league race by the conference’s coaches. They returned 10 starters and 16 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 5-11-4 overall and 2-4-1 to place fifth in the league. San Jose State is in its second year under the direction of head coach Jeff Leightman who is 15-15-7 at the school, he is 0-2-0 versus Boise State.
► In 2009 - The Spartans are the hottest team heading into the final week of the regular season with a 13 game unbeaten streak. They enter the week at 10-4-3 overall and 4-0-2 in Western Athletic Conference action, good for first-place. They are coming off a 2-1 home victory last Friday over Idaho and a 2-0 road win at Cal State Bakersfield. Their last loss was the final game of a four-match losing streak to open the season, 2-0 versus Long Island on Sept. 6. Emmy Belding is second in the WAC for scoring with nine goals and one assist, Roxy Kamal has six goals and league-high eight assists followed by Kelsey Lord with six goals and three assists. The Spartans have recorded 32 goals on the year while allowing 15 for a 0.84 goals against average, third in the WAC.
► The Series - Sunday’s encounter between the Boise State and San Jose State will be the 11th meeting all-time with the Broncos holding a 6-2-2 advantage. Last year, Boise State won two times versus SJSU, defeating the Spartans 2-1 in the regular season finale in Boise followed by a 2-1 victory in the WAC quarterfinals in Reno, Nev. In the first match of 2008 SJSU’s Belding gave the Spartans 1-0 halftime lead before the Broncos rallied with second-period goals by Kaylea Perenon and Randi Baker, 88th minute, respectively. At the WAC Tournament, Boise State took a one goal lead on a Brandy Hickcox score, San Jose State’s Belding tied it nine minutes later. The match-winner from the Broncos’ Andrea Huerta came in the 81st minute, all three goals were in the final period. San Jose State’s last win in the series was three years ago in San Jose by the score of 3-0 on Oct. 6, 2006.