Boise State Soccer Releases 2011 Schedule
Home schedule includes nine matches and two tournaments.
BOISE, Idaho (5/11/2011) - The Boise State University women’s soccer program has released its 2011 schedule. Next season marks the first year in the Mountain West Conference for the Broncos after spending the past 10 years in the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State returns 22 veterans from the 2010 squad and is adding seven incoming freshmen to its roster for the fall. The Broncos are excited about the new challenge as the program welcomes back an experienced core group of eight starters along with 10 of the 12 goal scorers in 2010.
“It’s going to be exciting next year with our schedule and playing in a new conference,” said head coach Steve Lucas. “We have an experienced team coming back with a lot of depth. The schedule will be challenging for us, but we are looking forward to the season and competing in our new home the Mountain West.”
Next season’s schedule will feature a relatively balanced slate with nine home matches and 11 on the road. It also features two home tournaments in the month of August to get the year started fast for the fans. In addition to the six new Mountain West rivals, the Broncos will also face two Pacific-12 Conference schools at home. All Boise State home matches will be played at the university owned Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex on South Oakland Avenue in Boise, five blocks south of campus.
Two-a-days will begin for the Broncos during the first week of August and go until mid-month when Boise State hosts an exhibition match against Arizona State University on Friday, Aug. 12.
“It has taken a while for us to get two teams form the Pac-10 (Pac-12) to come to Boise to play us,” said Lucas. “But we have two this year in an exhibition match with the Sun Devils (Arizona State) and a regular-season game with Oregon. That level of competition will help our team get ready to play against the Mountain West schools.”
The regular season will begin the weekend of Aug. 19-21 when the Broncos host the first of two back-to-back home tournaments. The Soccer Etc./Nike Classic opens the year featuring the Pac-12’s University of Oregon, the Big Sky Conference’s University of Montana and new Mountain West rival the University of Wyoming. Boise State will play in the second match each day, Friday and Sunday, against Montana and Oregon, respectively.
Aug. 26-28 will see Boise State host the Bronco Invite with Gonzaga University from the West Coast Conference, Big Sky member Eastern Washington University and another Mountain West school in the U.S. Air Force Academy. Like in the previous tournament, Boise State will not play its Mountain West opponent Air Force in this competition. The Broncos will instead face Eastern Washington followed by Gonzaga, in the second game each day.
After opening with the two home tournaments, the schedule has Boise State on the road for the annual Governor’s Cup being hosted by the University of Idaho in Moscow this year. The Cup competition will open with the Broncos playing the Big Sky’s Montana Grizzlies for the second time on Sept. 2, followed by the annual instate-rivalry match versus Idaho State University, also from the Big Sky, on the fourth.
The fourth week of the season, Sept. 9-11, has Boise State competing in its fourth consecutive tournament. The Broncos will participate in Portland State University’s four-team competition that weekend. The actual location of the host facility in the Portland, Ore., metro area is yet to be determined. At this event Boise State will meet Cal Poly from the Big West Conference and their host the Portland State Vikings of the Big Sky.
The week of Sept. 16-18 has the Broncos on the road for a third straight week when they play the University of South Dakota from the Great West Conference at a neutral site on the Creighton University campus in Omaha, Neb., on the 16th. Boise State will then meet their host the Creighton Bluejays, Missouri Valley Conference, on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Boise State then returns home for a Sept. 25th meeting against former WAC rival Utah State University.
The Broncos first Mountain West season will officially begin when they travel to Laramie, Wyo., to meet the Wyoming Cowgirls in Boise State’s inaugural MWC match on Friday, Sept. 30. It will be a long weekend road trip for the Broncos who will follow the Wyoming game up with a match at Seattle University on Sunday, Oct. 2.
The next five regular season games will pit the Broncos against their new league rivals beginning with a home match against Air Force on Oct. 8, followed by a trip to UNLV and San Diego State University Oct. 14-16. Boise State will then return home to host TCU and the University of New Mexico Oct. 21-23 to close out the league slate. One MWC member, Colorado State University, does not sponsor women’s soccer leading to a six match conference schedule in 2011.
The regular season finale will be at home in the annual rivalry match against the University of Idaho on Sunday, Oct. 29.
The Mountain West Championship Tournament will be hosted by the New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque Nov. 2-5. The winner gets the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
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