Broncos close out regular season on the road at Hawai?i and San Jose State...

Boise State (8-5-3, WAC 4-0-1) closes out the regular season this weekend with a two match road trip to Hawai’i and San Jose State. This week’s action begins with a showdown between the WAC’s top two teams (record wise) when Boise State takes on Hawai’i at 7:00 p.m. (Hawaiian) Friday night in Honolulu. That will be followed by a 3:30 p.m. (Pacific) contest Sunday afternoon at San Jose State in the season finale. Both matches are crucial in the Broncos’ bid for the Western Athletic Conference’s regular season championship. Entering the week the top four teams are separated by one point in the standings with Boise State (4-0-1) and Fresno State (4-1-1) tied with 13, followed by Hawai’i (4-1-0) and Utah State (4-2-0) with 12. Teams are awarded three points for a win and one for a tie.

Week 10 Match Notes...

Looking at Boise State: The Broncos are 8-5-3 overall in their 10th season of competition. Boise State enters the week on a six-match unbeaten streak (4-0-2). They are coming off a 1-0-1 record last weekend at home when they tied Fresno State 1-1 on Friday (Oct. 26) and then defeated Nevada 3-2 on Sunday (Oct. 28). The Broncos are currently the only unbeaten team in league play and are in first place in the WAC standings at 4-0-1. This is the first time in program history that Boise State has opened league play at 4-0-1, the previous best was 3-1-1 in 2004.

Boise State features the second ranked offense in the WAC with 38 goals and 32 assists for 108 total points. However, they lead the WAC offensively in league games with 15 goals and 11 assists for 41 points, the goals and points are league highs while the assists rank tied for 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 15 goals and fiver assists to date. The Beaverton, Ore. native dished out the match-tying assist against Nevada on Sunday (Oct. 26) then scored the match-winning goal nine minutes later to keep the Broncos undefeated in WAC play. She has now extended her school

single season records for goals scored to 15 and points to 35. Both totals are league bests and her five assists on the year are tied for fourth. Saxton is tied for sixth nationally for goals per game (0.94), tied for eighth in goals scored, seventh in points per game (2.19), and tied for seventh in total points.

As a team, 11 Broncos have recorded goals while a total of 15 have contributed to the scoring either with a goal or an assist. Senior forward Erin Wofford has recorded four goals and five assists, junior midfielder Randi Baker has recorded four goals and three assists, sophomore Kaylea Perenon has three goals and three assists, freshman Cheyenne Jones with three goals and three assists, followed by Danielle Schwalbe with three goals and one assist. Defensively, redshirt sophomore Jennifer Burns owns a 6-3-3 record in goal and has recorded three shutouts in the 12 matches played.

Boise State Versus This Week’s Opposition:

Hawaii - Boise State is 2-5-1 all-time versus Hawai’i. The Broncos have never defeat the Rainbow Wahine on the islands going 0-3-1 in four previous trips. Last year Hawai’i defeated the Broncos 3-2 in Boise.

San Jose State - The Boise State versus San Jose State series has always been close with the Broncos currently holding a slim 3-2-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Broncos are 1-2-0 against the Spartans in San Jose including a 3-0 loss last season. The Spartans eliminated the Broncos from the WAC Tournament in Reno last year on penalty kicks after the match ended in a scoreless draw.

This Week’s Opponents...

Looking at Hawai’i (Match 17): Hawai’i split a pair of road matches last weekend losing at Utah State 3-2 (Oct. 26) then won 5-0 at Louisiana Tech (Oct.28). The Rainbow Wahine currently have the second best record in the WAC at 4-1-0 even though they are third in points with 12. In league they have a key win at home over Fresno State on the opening weekend and then a key loss at Utah State last weekend. Hawai’i has already guaranteed a berth into next week’s WAC Tournament in Boise. They enter the week at 11-4-2 overall, best in the league. Following the Boise State match they will host Idaho on Sunday in their season finale. Hawai’i features the league’s top scoring offense with 45 goals and 43 assists. The Wahine are led by Taryn Fukuroku with nine goals and six assists, while Ambree Ako has nine goals and five assists. The scoring duo is tied for third in the WAC for scoring. In all, 13 players have recorded at least one goal to date. Pinsoom Tenzing is currently in his 14thseason at Hawai’i where he has accumulated a 120-124-22 record. This year’s squad that returned 10 starters and 18 letterwinners from last year’s 8-11-2 team was picked to place fifth in this year’s WAC race by the conference’s coaches.

Looking at San Jose State (Match 18): San Jose State split last weekend on the road defeating Louisiana Tech (Oct. 26) 1-0 before falling 4-0 at Utah State (Oct. 28). The Spartans are 4-12-2 overall and 2-3-0 in league play, ranking tied for fifth place. San Jose State will host Idaho on Friday prior to their encounter with the Broncos on Sunday for senior day. As a team, The Spartans have scored 15 goals to go with 13 assists. Jessica Scott leads the Spartans with six goals, tied for fifth in the WAC, and one assist. Following her are Jackie Zabek and Kristin Krale with two goals and one assist each. Dave Siracusa is in his fourth season at San Jose State where he has gone 22-48-9 overall. The 2007 Spartans where picked to place fourth in this year’s WAC race by the conference’s coaches. They returned nine starters and 13 letterwinners from last year’s 7-11-3 squad.

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