Boise State has been solid in goal since the program’s inception in 1998. Last year was no different as the Broncos were anchored by the goalkeeping tandem of Kim Parker and Michaela Morrison.
Kim Parker, a senior out of Portland, Oregon, is favored to start for the fourth consecutive year in goal where she has set several Boise State records. Her records include best save percentage in a season at .820, best season goals against average (GAA) at 1.08, top career GAA of 1.52, most wins in a career with 23, and most combined (solo & shared) shutouts in a career with 17.
Junior to be Michaela Morrison shared time in goal with Parker last season until an injury sidelined her for the final four weeks. She has posted some impressive numbers herself. Morrison allowed only nine goals last season in nearly 700 minutes of action. She came in as the second half starter most of the season to accumulate a solid 1.16 goals against average. Career wise Morrison has not played enough minutes to be ranked in the Bronco record book but she has posted a career GAA of 0.95. In two seasons, Morrison has made 63 saves on her way to posting a 4-2-3 record in goal for Boise State.
If the two upper classmen stumble, Jennifer Burns a talented transfer from Seattle Pacific University is ready to step into goal. The sophomore is a Boise native out of Capital High. She spent her freshman season leading the SPU Falcons to a 20-1-4 overall record, a conference championship, a NCAA regional title, and a berth in the NCAA Division II national title match before they lost in overtime 2-1. Burns led the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and ranked ninth nationally in goals against average at 0.55. She started 23 matches, had a save percentage of 85.5 percent, allowed only 12 goals, and recorded an 18-1-3 record in goal for SPU.
One Last Thought On The Keepers...
There are no guaranteed starting positions in Coach Lucas’ lineup. The goalkeeping position is extremely deep and as always, the best performer during the week will see the most action when game day arrives. This year’s competition for match time should push the three keepers to improve everyday and make the position even stronger. They all know if one keeper struggles in net there is a capable replacement willing and ready to step in for the Broncos.