Women's Soccer

Soccer Back on the Road

Oct. 16, 2014

Friday, Oct. 17 at New Mexico 7 p.m. MT

Sunday, Oct. 19 vs San Diego State 11:30 a.m. PT

Boise State women's soccer heads back on the road to face two of the top teams in the Mountain West. The Broncos (5-7-3, 2-4-0 MW) face New Mexico (5-4-2, 3-1-2 MW) on Friday, before a Sunday match at MW leader San Diego State (11-2-1, 6-0-0 MW). Kickoff against the Lobos is slated for 7 p.m. (MT). The Broncos and Aztecs will start at 11:30 a.m. (PT).
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Watch both matches online for free. Live stats will also be available for both matches. Links can be found on the soccer schedule page at BroncoSports.com. Stay up to date with Bronco soccer on Twitter @BroncoSportsSOC.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State split a pair of one-goal decisions in two home conference matches last weekend. The Broncos defeated Fresno State 2-1, Friday, before dropping a 1-0 decision Sunday, against San Jose State. The win over the Bulldogs was one of the most thrilling in program history with a 90th-minute goal.
ABOUT NEW MEXICO: The Lobos have earned a result in six of their last seven matches, going 4-1-2 in that span. The lone loss came to Colorado College, New Mexico's only setback in MW play. Goalkeeper Cassie Ulrich was named MW Defensive Player of the Week after posting two shutouts over the weekend against UNLV and Nevada. Dylann O'Connor leads the team with eight points (2 G, 4 A).
All-Time Series: New Mexico leads 3-1-0. Boise State earned its first win in the series last season, a 2-1, double-overtime victory on Baylee Blaser's goal in the 108th minute.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE: Three-quarters of the way through the season, San Diego State has proven to be the class of the MW. The Aztecs are receiving votes in the national polls and rank among the conference leaders in every statistical category.
All-Time Series: San Diego State leads 3-1-0. Every match has been decided 1-0. Boise State's victory came in the first meeting (2011), in San Diego.
LIMITING OPPORTUNITIES: Twice this season Boise State has held opponents to just one shot attempt. Prior to this year, only one time had the Broncos limited an opposing team to one shot in program history (Sept. 9, 2009, against Arkansas Pine-Bluff). Drake attempted just one shot against in the season opener (Aug. 22). A cross in the 48th minute was flicked toward goal, but never threatened the net falling short and wide. Fresno State (Oct. 10) took just one shot, coming in the 49th minute. A scrum in the box resulted in a Bulldog taking an off-balance swing at a loose ball that was blocked and ricocheted out of harm's way. An own goal conceded by the Broncos was the only shot on goal for the Bulldogs in the match, though it does not count as a shot attempt. The match against Drake was the fourth time in school history the Broncos did not face a shot on goal in a match.
MULTI-GOAL MAGIC: Boise State is 15-0-0 under Jim Thomas when scoring multiple goals, including seven games with at least three tallies. This season's meeting with Idaho State (Sept. 7) was the first time Boise State scored four times under Thomas. The Broncos are on an 23-match winning streak when scoring multiple goals, spanning three full years. The last time Boise State scored multiple goals in a loss was a 4-3 double-overtime setback against Montana in the 2011 season opener (Aug. 19).
DROBNEY'S DRAMATICS: Boise State sophomore Kelli Drobney has scored two goals this season, both have come in the final three minutes of regulation and have been crucial to the outcome. Friday, against Fresno State Drobney lifted the Broncos to a last-second win with a goal in the 90th minute. A long ball over the top from Kayla Tucker was met by Madi Campbell who found Drobney at the top of the box. With little time to spare, the sophomore lined up a one timer with her left foot and tucked it inside the right post, scoring the game-winner with 14 seconds left in a 2-1 victory. In the fourth game of the season, at Utah Valley, it was Drobney scoring a game-tying goal in the 87th minute. The Broncos would go on to salvage a 1-1 draw in the match.
IRON BRONCO: Senior Mikhaila Bowden has been a steady force in the Boise State defense since stepping on campus, and the unit's anchor for most of her career. Bowden has appeared in and started 76 of the 77 games Boise State has played during her career and led the Broncos in minutes played each of her three seasons. She is on pace to set the career record for minutes played. She currently ranks No. 2 all-time wih 7,154 minutes. Follow her ascent, along with other records on notice, in the sidebar on page 6.
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