Aug. 20, 2014
Portland State Tournament | Hillsboro, Ore. | Hillsboro Stadium
Friday, Aug. 22 vs. Drake 3 p.m. PT
Sunday, Aug. 24 at Portland State 1 p.m. PT
Boise State women's soccer kicks off the 2014 campaign Friday and Sunday, at the Portland State Tournament. The Broncos open against Drake Friday at 3 p.m. (PT), followed by a Sunday meeting with host Portland State (1 p.m. PT). Both games will be played at Hillsboro Stadium.FOLLOW THE ACTION:
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Boise State enters the 2014 campaign with seven returning starters, including a pair of seniors who will be four-year starters and a junior who is already a two-time first-team All-MW selection. Seniors Mikhaila Bowden
and Shannon Schueren
are the Broncos' only two seniors, but have combined to play 9,802 minutes. Brooke Heidemann
will look to add to her impressive list of accolades and take on a leadership role as a junior.
ABOUT DRAKE: The Bulldogs enter the 2014 season looking to rebound from a 3-12-5 record a year ago. Sophomore midfielder Rebecca Rodgers was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Preseason First Team. Rodgers led Drake with five goals last season. Neither goalkeeper on the roster has played in a regular-season collegiate match. The Bulldogs were picked to finish sixth in the MVC.
All-Time Series: First meeting.
ABOUT PORTLAND STATE: The Vikings experienced one of the best seasons in program history in 2013, going 12-4-3 wiht an 8-0-1 record in conference play, but came up one win short of advancing to the NCAA Tournament with a loss in the Big Sky Tournament final in a match decided on penalty kicks. PSU returns 10 starters from that team, including a goalkeeper and defensive unit that tallied 12 shutouts.
All-Time Series: Boise State leads 9-1-1. The Broncos were unbeaten in the first 10 meetings before PSU won the most recent match in 2012 (2-1), in Portland.
BRONCOS PICKED THIRD: Boise State was picked to finish third in the Mountain West preseason coaches' poll. The Broncos received two of the 12 first-place votes and garnered 103 points in the poll. San Diego State was picked to win a third-straight title with 115 points, while new affiliate member Colorado College was tabbed second with 112 points. The Aztecs and Tigers split the remaining 10 first-place votes.
CSM.com PRESEASON PICKS: CollegeSportsMadness.com named three Broncos to its 2014 preseason All-Mountain West teams. Brooke Heidemann and Mikhaila Bowden were selected to the first team, while Kayla Tucker picked up a second-team nod.
2013 ALL-MW HONORS: Four Broncos were named all-conference by the Mountain West last season. Brooke Heidemann and Katy Oehring were selected to the first team, while Mikhaila Bowden and Maddy McDevitt were second-team picks. Heidemann was a repeat first-team honoree. Oehring and McDevitt graduated after last season.
LUCKY NUMBER 13: Boise State matched the program record for wins last season, tallying 13 victories on its way to a 13-7-3 overall record, the best winning percentage in school history.
POINTS ON POINTS ON POINTS: Brooke Heidemann turned in one of the most prolific individual seasons in school history last year. Heidemann scored 21 points on nine goals and three assists as a sophomore. It is the fifth-most points scored in a season in program history and the highest total since 2007.
NOT OUT OF NOWHERE: Brooke Heidemann's 21-point sophomore season came after scoring just four points as a freshman. However, Heidemann surged at the end of the 2012 season, garnering enough attention to be named MW Freshman of the Year. The late success set her up for a consistent sophomore season.
STINGY DEFENSE: Boise State's success last season was fueled by a defense that surrendered just 0.78 goals per game. The mark ranked first in the Mountain West and No. 40 in the NCAA.
GOOD AT BOTH ENDS: Boise State scored 33 goals last season and allowed just 19. The Broncos led the Mountain West in goals scored and tied for the fewest allowed. Their 0.78 goals-against average (per 90 minutes) led the conference, while the 1.43 goals socred per game was second best. Boise State's +0.61 goal differential for the season was the top mark in the MW.
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 62 of the 63 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. 7 all-time wih 5,759 minutes. Follow her ascent, along with other records on notice, in the sidebar on page 6.
SELECT COMPANY: Junior Brooke Heidemann has already been named to the All-Mountain West First Team twice in her career. Heidemann is just the second Bronco all-time to earn first-team honors twice in her career, joining Shannon Saxton (2007 and 2010 in the WAC). Heidemann and Saxton are also the only two Broncos to earn conference freshman of the year honors. Saxton won the award in the WAC in 2007, while Hiedemann earned the MW honor in 2012. Brittany Zoellner remains the only Bronco to earn conference player of the year honors, taking home the 2000 Big West MVP award.
NEW IN FRONT OF THE NET: Boise State enters unfamiliar territory this season with an inexperienced goalkeeper. Ever since Bronco great Liz Ruiz won the starting goalkeeper spot as a freshman in 2008, the starting keeper has either been the returning starter or had already spent at least two years in the program. No Bronco fits those parameters this season.
REPLACING MCDEVITT: Maddy McDevitt was Boise State's starting goalkeeper the past two seasons. McDevitt set single-season records last year for shutouts (eight) and goals-against average (0.78).
HANDING OUT HELPERS: Brooke Heidemann and Mikhaila Bowden each recorded a multi-assist game in 2013. Heidemann notched two assists against Air Force (Oct. 30), becoming the first Bronco with multiple assits in a match since 2010. Bowden one-upped her with three assists in Boise State's MW Tournament win against Wyoming (Nov. 5). The three assists tied the school record for a single match (Abbe Roche vs. Siena, Sept. 7, 2002).
MULTI-GOAL MAGIC: Boise State was 10-0-0 last season when scoring multiple goals, including five games with three tallies. The Broncos are on an 18-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).
CLUTCH CAREERS: Shannon Schueren and Brooke Heidemann have made a habit of delivering timely goals throughout their Bronco careers. Schueren has scored 12 times, with six going for game-winning goals. Of Heidemann's 11 goals, five have been game winners. Schueren and Heidemann rank 10th and 11th all-time at Boise State for goals scored, respectively, yet fifth and sixth in game-winning goals. Schueren, Randi Baker (2005-08) and Erica Parks (2009-12) are the only Broncos with at least 10 career goals to have half of them be game winners. Parks and Baker each scored 16 times, including eight game-winning goals.
TUCKER BREAKS OUT: Kayla Tucker netted five goals as a redshirt freshman in 2013, the most by a Bronco freshman since 2009, and tied for the sixth-most by a freshman in program history. Tucker's first-career tally came at North Dakota (Sept. 15), in her eighth appearance. She added four goals in the final 10 matches of the season, including three in a four-match stretch from Oct. 30-Nov. 7.