This Week on the Pitch: Sunday, Oct. 7 (Noon PT)
at Seattle U
This Week's Opponent: Seattle U (6-5-1)
Seattle U is 6-5-1 overall and 1-0-1 in WAC play. The Redhawks earned a draw at UTSA and took a 2-0 win at Texas State last weekend. SU has outscored its opponents 18-14 this season and 14-5 in home games, where the Redhawks are 4-1 this year. Seattle holds an average 14.8-12.5 shooting margin this season and has eight different goal scorers, including three different players with at least four goals this year. Freshman goalkeeper Brianna Smallidge has started all 12 games this season and ranks fourth in the WAC with a 1.13 goals-against average. She has saved 75 percent of the shots against her and has three shutouts this season.
Team Notes: Vandals vs. Redhawks
Idaho vs. Seattle U is a new WAC matchup, but these two programs are very familiar with each other. The Vandals and Redhawks have played each other in each of the last four regular seasons, as well as several times in the last decade during spring play. SU holds a 4-0-0 all-time series lead, with each match being decided by a single-goal margin. Last year, SU won at Moscow, 1-0, on Aug. 26.
Fixtures in the Lineup
Idaho seniors Chelsea Small (F), Megan Lopez (MF) and Jill Flockhart (MF), have started every game of their Idaho careers, 76 in a row and counting. They officially broke Idaho’s career starts record over the weekend. Next up for the trio is Idaho’s career games played record, with which they’re currently tied. Jaci Pelton has held that record of 76 since 2001.
Vandal fifth-year senior goalkeeper Liz Boyden has faced three penalty kicks in her Idaho career - and saved them all. Her most important such save came on Sunday in Idaho’s 1-1 draw at UTSA, when Boyden smothered a Roadrunner PK in the 105th minute in 2OT. Boyden’s career record versus penalty kicks is the best of any active NCAA Division I keeper.
Reeling in WAC Records
Chelsea Small moved into second in WAC history in career shots (376) over the weekend at Texas State and UTSA. Small needs two more goals and 10 more points to crack the WAC’s all-time career top-10 in those categories. Liz Boyden ranks seventh all-time in WAC history with 343 career saves. The record is 428 by Amanda Smith of UTEP from 1996-99.
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