Nov. 3, 2014
MW Championship First Round: No. 6 Boise State vs No. 3 New Mexico
Tuesday, Nov. 4 | 4 p.m. PT
Complete Match Notes
Boise State women's soccer enters the Mountain West Championship as the hottest team in the field. The Broncos (9-8-3, 6-5-0 MW) won their last four matches to earn the sixth and final spot in the tournament. The Broncos will face No. 3 New Mexico in the first round Tuesday, at 4 p.m. (PT), in San Diego. The winner will face No. 2 Wyoming Thursday.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Live video and stats will be available for each match of the tournament. The games will be streamed on the Mountain West Network. Links are available on the schedule page of BroncoSports.com. As always, for inside info, follow on twitter @BroncoSportsSOC.
LAST TIME OUT:
Boise State defeated Utah State 1-0, Friday, to complete its improbable late-season run and earn a spot in the MW Championship. Freshman Dani Brown
scored in the 68th minute on an assist from Kayla Tucker
. The goal was Brown's third of the year, all of which have been game-winners in conference play. Despite being outshot 13-10, Boise State recorded its fourth-straight shutout. Goalkeeper Janelle Flores
made four saves to secure the sixth shutout of her freshman year.
THE FIELD IS SET: Boise State locked up the final spot in the MW Championship on the last day of the regular season, while four of the other five seeds were sorted out as well. San Diego State had clinched the outright regular-season title and top seed the previous weekend. Wyoming secured the second bye and finished alone in second place. New Mexico handed SDSU just its second loss in MW play to take third. Colorado College took the fourth seed by virtue of its win against Air Force, while Utah State slipped to fifth after losing to the Broncos. Boise State was 2-3 against the field during the regular season, picking up wins against the Aztecs and Aggies. The Lobos are the last team to beat the Broncos.
IRON BRONCO: Senior Mikhaila Bowden broke the Boise State record for career minutes played in the fourth minute of the match at UNLV (Oct. 26). Bowden passed Lindsay Roberts (7,427; 2008-11) and enters the tournament with 7,604 minutes under her belt, the only Bronco to eclipse the 7,500-minute mark. The senior has started 82 of Boise State's 83 matches since she arrived on campus, playing every minute in 73 of them. With a start Tuesday, Bowden will surpass Lauren Hickok for the most starts in team history (currently tied).
SHUTOUT STREAK: Goalkeeper Janelle Flores and the Boise State defense have been a big part of the Broncos' four-game winning streak. The Broncos have not allowed a goal in any of the wins and are riding a shutout streak of 411:25, the longest of the season.
COMING FULL CIRCLE: Boise State's first-round matchup Tuesday, against New Mexico offers a chance for the Broncos to show how far they have come in less than three weeks. The season changed course with a victory at San Diego State (Oct. 19), starting a four-match winning streak that allowed the Broncos to steal the final bid to the conference tournament. The last loss came at New Mexico (Oct. 17), in a 1-0 decision. The Lobos' goal- in the 39th minute- is also the last score conceded by the Broncos.
FLORES FLOURISHING: Freshman Goalkeeper Janelle Flores has recorded six shutouts on the year, the second most in a season in school history and the most by a freshman. Flores ranks 60th in the NCAA in save percentage at .833 and 81st with a 0.889 goals-against average. She leads the Mountain West in both categories.
BAD, BAD Dani Brown: She's much nicer than a junkyard dog, but opponents better just beware of freshman forward Dani Brown, especially with the game on the line. Brown has three goals this season, all three have been game winners in conference play. Long lauded by the coaching staff for being "predatory" around the net, Brown has scored two rebound goals and finished from 15 yards for the lone tally against Utah State to send the Broncos to the tournament. Brown's three game-winning goals are tied for the sixth most in a single season. The record is four, accomplished five times. She is already tied for 12th on the career list.
COMING ON STRONG: Kayla Tucker has four points in the last two matches. Tucker has an assist in each game, giving her five on the year- tied for sixth on the Boise State single-season list.