Coming Up This Week:
Fresh off a weekend in which the Idaho women clinched a second-straight Western Athletic Conference Tournament berth, the Vandals will take a quick dip back in the non-conference pool this weekend at Boise State with more history on the line. Saturday's 11 a.m. (PDT) match will decide who claims the Governor's Cup and in-state bragging rights. Boise State is trying to win its fifth Cup crown, while Idaho is trying to win an unprecedented third straight Cup. Live video and stats will be available at www.BroncoSports.com.
Boise State Broncos
Boise State enters the weekend with a 7-10-1 overall record and 2-5-1 tally in home matches. The Broncos have won two of their last three, including splitting a 2-1 win over TCU and a 2-0 loss to New Mexico last weekend. BSU averages 0.89 goals per game and gives up an average of 1.44. They’ve been outshot by an average of 14.8-11.4 on the season and have been outscored 12-8 in matches.
Senior forward Kati Lucas leads the team with seven goals and 15 points on 28 shots this year. Sophomore midfielder Katy Oehring’s three assists lead the Broncos. As a team, BSU has had six different goal scorers and nine different players with an assist. Senior goalkeeper Liz Ruiz leads the team in minutes (1288), saves (68) and goals-against average (1.19) with 15 matches in goal this year.
Boise State leads the all-time series by an 8-4-1 margin, but the home team has won each of the last two matches. Idaho claimed a 3-1 victory at Guy Wicks Field in 2009, then BSU took a 1-0 overtime decision last season at Boise. The series includes two overtime matches and nine that were decided by one goal.
Idaho comes into the week on a high after clinching a bid to its second-consecutive Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Playing with freshman forward Morgan Porter as an emergency goalkeeper, the Vandals fell to WAC first-place Utah State on Friday, 3-0, but rebounded with a 2-1 win over Nevada on Senior Day to clinch the qualifying spot and no worse than a fifth-place finish.
Junior forward Chelsea Small recorded her team-leading 10th goal of the season in the Nevada win, while sophomore Bailey Hewitt notched her team-best third game-winning goal. Overall, Idaho has seen seven different players score a goal and nine different Vandals register an assist. The Vandals are 1-5-1 on the road this season, but posted a 1-0-1 record two weeks ago in the difficult road trip at New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech.
The winner of Saturday’s match takes home the Governor’s Cup and in-state bragging rights. Idaho beat Idaho State by a 4-1 margin earlier this year, then Boise State followed with a 2-0 victory to each earn three points in the round-robin scoring. In the event of a draw, Idaho would retain the Governor’s Cup crown by virtue of its +3 goal differential in Cup matches. The Vandals are trying to become the first team in the Cup’s 14-year history to claim three consecutive titles.