Oct. 29, 2015
Friday, Oct. 30 at Utah State 3 p.m. MT
UP NEXT: Boise State women's soccer closes the regular season Friday at 3 p.m. (MT) at Utah State in a game with everything on the line. The Broncos (7-9-3, 5-5-0 MW) and Aggies (10-8-1, 5-5-0 MW) enter the match as part of a four-way tie for fifth place and in the middle of a logjam as three spots in the six-team Mountain West Championship remain up for grabs.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Live video and stats will be available for both matches. Find the live video streams at BroncoSports.com/soccerlive. Links are also available at BroncoSports.com on the schedule page. As always, for inside info, follow on twitter @BroncoSportsSOC.
LAST TIME OUT:
Boise State split a pair of 1-0 matches on the road last weekend. The Broncos fell Friday, at Wyoming before rebounding in a must-win situation Sunday, at Colorado State. Michelle Reed
scored the game winner against the Rams and Janelle Flores
notched a shutout.
WIN AND YOU'RE IN: Boise State enters the final game of the regular season still alive for a berth to the Mountain West Championship. A win Friday would put the Broncos in the tournament, while a loss would leave them out. A tie would leave Boise State's fate in the hands of other teams playing Friday. Utah State is in the same situation, needing a win or draw to have a chance to advance to next week's conference tournament in San Diego. Colorado College, UNLV, Wyoming and Fresno State are also still in the hunt.
FATEFUL FRIDAY: There is a lot at stake Friday, as the entire league plays its final match of the regular season. All six matches will have an impact on the Mountain West Championship field. Three teams have clinched a spot in the field with San Diego State claiming the top spot. New Mexico and San José State are still vying for a first-round bye, while the other will finish third. The last three spots in the tournament are up for grabs with six teams still in contention. Of those six, only Boise State and Utah State are squaring off head-to-head.
ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies are led by Jessica Brooksby's 11 goals and 24 points. Brooksby has four goals in conference play. Senior goalkeeper Jeannie Woller is tied for the conference lead with 99 saves on the year and has recorded four shutouts, including three in conference play.
All-Time Series: Utah State leads 9-4-3. Boise State won last year's season finale to earn a spot in the MW Championship. The previous three matches ended in a draw.
BEATING THE BEST: Boise State played a gauntlet of a schedule this season, standing tall in many of the matches and beating a pair of conference champions. Idaho clinched the Big Sky regular-season title and San Diego State claimed the MW crown. The Broncos beat the Vandals 1-0 and knocked off the Aztecs 2-1. Of the nine nonconference opponents, seven have a winning record overall.
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BACK IN A BIG WAY:
Freshman forward Michelle Reed
and sophomore goalkeeper Janelle Flores
returned from injury last weekend and immediately made their presence felt. Flores played all 180 minutes in net, making nine saves and allowing just one goal after missing the previous five matches. She recorded her third shutout of the season against Colorado State (Oct. 25). Reed also started both matches after missing the previous six and scored Boise State's only goal on the weekend, the game winner against Colorado State. She put away her fourth goal of the year in the 62nd minute on her first shot attempt since scoring the game winner against San Diego State (Sept. 25).
SHE'S ON FIRE:
Senior Brooke Heidemann
has scored six goals in the last eight matches and leads the team with 17 points on the year. Heidemann scored in four consecutive matches (Oct. 2-11) to tie the Boise State record. It was the fifth time a Bronco has scored in four consecutive games and the first since Erica Parks in 2009. The three-time All-Mountain West First Team honoree has scored or assisted in six of 10 conference matches.
HISTORY ON THE HORIZON:
Senior Brooke Heidemann
is looking to become just the third student-athlete in Mountain West history to be named first-team all-league four times in women's soccer. Heidemann looks to join Amanda Feigt (Utah, 2003-06) and Katie Larkin (BYU, 2005-08). Through eight conference matches, Heidemann is second in the league with 14 points on six goals and two assists. Her six goals are also second in the conference. She has scored or assisted in six of the team's eight MW games. The 14 points and six goals are the most Heidemann has tallied in conference play during her illustrious career.