Regular-Season Finale Friday at Home
Oct. 27, 2016
Boise State concludes the regular season Friday, at home against Utah State. The Broncos (6-9-4, 5-2-3 MW) and Aggies (10-8-0, 6-4-0 MW) have both clinched a spot in next week’s Mountain West Championship. Each team enters the match with 18 points in conference play and will be seeded fourth, fifth or sixth.
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ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies started Mountain West play 5-1, but have since lost three of four and have dropped their last four road matches. Utah State clinched a spot in the MW Championship and will be seeded fourth, fifth or sixth. The Aggies are led by a staunch defense which has allowed eight goals in conference playa and recorded four shutouts.
LAST TIME OUT: The Broncos picked up four road points last weekend with a draw at UNLV and a win at Nevada. Boise State withstood 31 shots from the Rebels Firday, to earn a 1-1 draw. The Wolf Pack took 27 shots Sunday, but the Broncos put nine of their 14 on target and found the back of the net twice. The 2-0 win at Nevada assured Boise State of a top-six finish and clinched a spot in the Mountain West Championship.
ALREADY IN: After a one-year hiatus, Boise State will return to the Mountain West Championship next week after securing a top-six finish with 18 points through the first nine matches. At this time last year the Broncos needed a win at Utah State in the regular-season finale to earn a bid to the tournament. The match ended 1-1 and both teams were left out as the results around the conference did not break their way.
ALL SPOKEN FOR: All six spots in the Mountain West Championship have been claimed with only seeding left to be determined. Boise State will be joined at the tournament by San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming. The Aztecs, Rebels and Spartans are still vying for the regular-season crown. UNLV has the inside track and can claim sole possession of the title with a win against Nevada. Two of the three teams will earn a bye to the semifinals of the six-team tournament.
TAYLOR WORLD CUP BOUND: Junior midfielder Sarah Taylor will represent Canada at the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup next month in Papua New Guinea, the country’s governing body for soccer announced Oct. 27. Taylor and Canada will begin group play Nov. 13, against Spain. The other members of their Group B are Nigeria (Nov. 16) and Japan (Nov. 20). Taylor departs Sunday (Oct. 30), for a camp in advance of the tournament. This will mark Taylor’s third camp with Canada’s U-20 squad in the last six months and her first international tournament.
STILL AT STAKE: With a tournament bid already in tow, Boise State still has history to play for Friday. The Broncos enter the regular-season finale with a 5-2-3 conference mark to 18 points. The school record for wins in a conference season is six and the record for points is 19. Janelle Flores has recorded five shutouts in MW play, the most in program history and the second-most in Mountain West history.
SENIOR DAY: Boise State will honor its two seniors Hailey DeVries and Kayla Tucker Friday, during a pregame ceremony. DeVries and Tucker are both four-year starters for the Broncos. Boise State is unbeaten in its last 10 Senior Day matches going 9-0-1, including five-straight wins.
FIVE FOR FLORES: Junior goalkeeper Janelle Flores was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 17-23. It is Flores’ school-record fifth career weekly award. She made 19 saves and allowed just one goal across 200 minutes last weekend.
KEEPING IT CLEAN: Boise State recorded its league-leading fifth shutout of Mountain West play, at Nevada (Oct. 23). The Broncos have allowed a MW-low seven goals through 10 conference matches. Junior goalkeeper Janelle Flores has played all 966:46 in net during MW action. Her 0.65 goals-against average in league play is second best. Flores’ five shutouts in MW play are tied for second most in league history and one shy of the record.
SHOT STOPPER: In Mountain West play Janelle Flores has posted a .889 save percentage, the highest mark in the league by 35 percentage points. Twice during conference play Flores has set her career high for saves in a match. She recorded 11 in a shutout against San Jose State (Oct. 7), before making 12 saves at UNLV (Oct. 21). Her conference-leading five shutouts have come despite facing a league-high 182 shots in conference play; 68 more shots than the next highest total for a team advancing to the conference tournament.
CONFERENCE SHUTOUTS: Boise State’s five shutouts in conference matches this season are the most in a conference season in program history. The Broncos recorded four clean sheets in Mountain West play in 2014, and during the 2010 WAC season. In 2014, Boise State and then-freshman Janelle Flores recorded shutouts in the final four regular-season matches to sneak into the conference tournament.
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