Broncos will host WAC Championship Tournament in 2009.
BOISE, Idaho (6/23/09) Boise State University released the official version of the 2009 Bronco soccer schedule this week. It includes three-regular season home tournaments and the end of year Western Athletic Conference Championship tournament. It will be a busy fall semester as Boise State will play host to a school record 21 NCAA Division I soccer matches this fall at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex.
The year begins when the Broncos report to campus on August 3rd. Two-a-days will actually begin on Wednesday, August 5th with two-hour practice sessions tentatively scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day at the Boas complex soccer fields.
The Broncos’ season begins with four straight road matches in the month of August. The action will start with the season opener at Seattle University on Friday, August 21, followed by a Sunday afternoon encounter at Big Sky Conference member Portland State University on August 23rd.
Boise State will close the month by traveling to the east coast to participate in the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md., the weekend of the 28th through 30th, they will play Rider University, a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school, first followed by the Naval Academy from the Colonial Athletic Association. It will be the third trip east of the Mississippi River for Boise State in program history.
September is a month that typically has the Broncos on the road for most of it. However, this year Boise State will be at home for six matches as they host three tournaments before they close the month traveling to a fourth.
The Governor’s Cup returns to Boise State this fall on the weekend of September 4-6. This event is a traditional competition featuring the three Idaho public universities and one at-large school. This year that team is the University of Montana out of the Big Sky Conference. This tournament is hosted by the Idaho schools on a three-year rotation schedule. Last year the University of Idaho hosted the event in Moscow, which Seattle University won.
The second weekend of September, 11-13, has Boise State hosting the inaugural Holiday Inn Classic featuring Idaho, the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and Big Sky member the University of Northern Colorado.
The third weekend, September 18-20, features the return of the Soccer Etc.-Nike Invitational. This will be the fifth time this tournament has been sponsored since the 2003 campaign (2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007). This year’s edition features Portland State, the Mountain West Conference’s University of Wyoming, North Dakota State University from the Summit League, and their host the Boise State Broncos.
The non-conference schedule concludes with the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Laramie, Wyo., the weekend of September 25-27. Joining the Broncos and the Wyoming Cowgirls will be the University of California Riverside of the Big West Conference and Gonzaga University out of the West Coast Conference.
The WAC portion of the schedule begins the first week of October. For the first time in five seasons the league format will have a balanced schedule with four home and four road matches. The addition of New Mexico State University who is sponsoring women’s soccer for the first time this year gives the league the opportunity for the balanced format.
The four WAC schools Boise State will host this fall include defending regular season champion Utah State University and the University of Nevada the weekend of October 9-11. The regular season schedule concludes with the Broncos hosting the University of Hawaii and San Jose State University for Halloween weekend, October 30-November 1.
Boise State opens league action on the road at newcomer New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech October 2-4. The other two road matches include trips to Idaho on October 18 and to Fresno State on the 23rd.
When the regular season is finished Boise State will have played 10 of its 20 matches at home, the most in the last five years. It also ties for the most home matches all-time in one season.
The schedule culminates with the Western Athletic Conference Championship Tournament with a bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. This year’s championship event will be hosted by Boise State November 5-8. This is the third time in five years that the Broncos have hosted the tournament which features the top-six teams in the final regular season standings.
Boise State should be primed for a run at the league title returning 20 student-athletes from last year’s squad that set a school record for wins at 11-8-2 and advanced to the WAC Tournament semifinals. The Broncos surprised a lot of people last year doing as well as they did with their young squad, 19 of the 26 members were underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores). Many of those younger Broncos earned quality playing time giving the team needed experience to help lead the Boise State charge this fall.