Soccer Tournament Berth on the Line Friday
Oct. 30, 2014

Friday, Oct. 31 vs Utah State 3 p.m. MT

Jim Thomas previews the match
UP NEXT: A berth in the Mountain West Championship is on the line Friday, when Boise State women’s soccer hosts Utah State. The Broncos (8-8-3, 5-5-0 MW) will clinch a spot in the conference tournament with a win against the Aggies (10-6-2, 6-3-1 MW) in the regular-season finale. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. (MT) at Boas Soccer Complex. Boise State will honor its two seniors (Mikhaila Bowden and Shannon Schueren) just before the match.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Watch the match online for free. Live stats will also be available. Links  can be found on the soccer schedule page at Stay up to date with Bronco soccer on Twitter @BroncoSportsSOC.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State swept a split home-road weekend to grasp control of sixth place in the Mountain West. The Broncos beat Nevada 2-0 at home before traveling to UNLV and winning 2-0, extending their winning streak to three matches. Janelle Flores recorded a pair of shutouts while Brooke Heidemann and Kayla Tucker each tallied a goal and an assist over the weekend. Mikhaila Bowden was named MW Defensive Player of the Week.
PROMOTIONS: Friday is Senior Day for Boise State women’s soccer, as it will be the final home match for Mikhaila Bowden and Shannon Schueren. Come out to support the duo in their final match at Boas. Kids in attendance can trick-or-treat for free candy at the match. The student with the best costume will win a Boise State hoodie.

ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies wrapped up their spot in the MW Championship Sunday with a win against Nevada. A win Friday, and losses around the conference could still vault Utah State to second place, which would afford the Aggies a bye at the tournament. Utah State has allowed just six goals in 10 MW matches, but is 1-2-1 away from home. Goalkeeper Jeannie Woller leads the conference with seven shutouts and a 0.92 goals-against average.
All-Time Series: Utah State leads 9-3-3. The last three meetings have ended in a draw. The last win in the series went to Boise State in the semifinals of the 2009 WAC Tournament, before the Broncos went on to win the title.
MORE TRICK THAN TREAT: Boise State is 0-6-0 all-time when playing on Halloween. The last occurrence was a 1-0 loss against Nevada int he first round of the 2012 MW Championship. Friday marks the third time Boise State will play at home on Oct. 31 (1998 and 2008).
IRON BRONCO: Senior Mikhaila Bowden broke the Boise State record for career minutes played in the fourth minute Sunday, at UNLV. Bowden passed Lindsay Roberts (7,427; 2008-11) and enters Friday with 7,514 minutes under her belt, the only Bronco to eclipse the 7,500-minute mark. The senior has started 81 of Boise State’s 82 matches since she arrived on campus, playing every minute in 72 of them. With a start Friday, Bowden will match Lauren Hickok for the most starts in program history.
CONFERENCE RACE: With just one conference match remaining for each team, the top five spots in the MW Championship have been reserved. Boise State, Air Force and San José State enter the final match vying for the sixth and final bid to the tournament. San Diego State clinched the outright regular-season title and will be the No. 1 seed. The next four seeds are still up for grabs among Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado College and Utah State who are all locked in to the tournament.
BOWDEN POW: Senior defender Mikhaila Bowden was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week for games Oct. 24 and 26. Bowden anchored a Bronco back line that posted two shutouts in a pair of crucial 2-0 victories. It is the first weekly honor of the senior’s illustrious career and the second defensive weekly award of the season for Boise State. Bowden played all 180 minutes as Boise State defeated Nevada and UNLV. The Broncos played the Wolf Pack at home Friday, before traveling to Las Vegas for the Sunday match with the Rebels. The two wins moved Boise State up to sixth in the Mountain West standings, giving the Broncos control of their own destiny in the race for the final spot in the conference tournament.
SHUTOUT STREAK: Goalkeeper Janelle Flores and the Boise State defense have been a big part of the Broncos’ three-game winning streak. The Broncos have not allowed a goal in any of the wins and are riding a shutout streak of 321:25, the longest of the season.
The Last Meeting
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November 1, 2013
Logan, Utah
Broncos and Aggies Finish in 1-1 Draw
The Broncos finish the regular season with their best regular season record all-time of 11-6-3.

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