Broncos to Face Bulldogs in Semifinal Match

Nov. 6, 2013

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The No. 3-seeded Boise State Broncos (12-6-3, 6-3-1) will face the No. 2-seeded Fresno State Bulldogs (10-7-2, 7-2-1) in the semifinal match of the Mountain West Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. in Albuquerque, N.M.

No. 1 seed San Diego State will play No. 5 seed Utah State on Thursday at 7 p.m. The winners of Thursday’s matches will face each other in the championship game on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex.

The Broncos defeated the Wyoming Cowgirls, 3-0 on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to earn a slot in the semifinal round against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Boise State scored all three goals off corners, with senior Katy Oehring netting two of the three. Junior defender Mikhaila Bowden recorded three assists in the contest for her first points of the season.

Last Time Out

The Broncos fell 2-1 against the Bulldogs in Fresno State on Oct. 13. Redshirt sophomore KT Clayton scored for Boise State.

All Time Record

Boise State is 5-7-2 all time against the Bulldogs, and 1-1 in conference tournaments. The last postseason victory over the Bulldogs was in the WAC tournament, where Boise State won 2-1 at home.

On the Bulldogs

Fresno State earned the No. 2 seed after finishing the season with a 7-2-1 conference record. Fresno State’s last loss was Sept. 29, when they fell 1-0 to the New Mexico Lobos.

Postseason Accolades

College Sports Madness has named Boise State’s Kayla Tucker as the Freshman of the Year for its postseason honors. Broncos Kayla Tucker, Brooke Heidemann and Mikhaila Bowden all earned Mountain West first-team honors and Katy Oehring was tapped for second-team honors. 

Built Tough

Redshirt junior keeper Maddy McDevitt recorded her first clean sheet since Oct. 20 against Colorado State. McDevitt boasts a 0.77 goals-against average through 22 matches.

Score Early and Often

Boise State is 5-0-0 when leading at the half and 5-3-3 when tied at the half. The Orange and blue is 2-1-3 in overtime matches. The Broncos’ last overtime match was against New Mexico for senior night, where Boise State won 2-1. Boise State is looking for its first 13-win season since 2009, when the Broncos finished 13-7-4. The Broncos lead the league in goals scored per game with 1.48.

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