The Broncos open the 2006 regular season this Friday afternoon at home against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds of the Mid-Continent Conference. Kick-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (mountain) at the Boise State Soccer Stadium adjacent the Boas Tennis & Soccer Complex on South Oakland Avenue.
Friday is the first day of action throughout the nation for soccer at the NCAA level and it will feature the third meeting all-time between the Boise State and Southern Utah programs. They met last year in Cedar City, Utah in a match that ended in a 1-1 draw, the Broncos lead the all-time series 1-0-1.
The Thunderbirds were picked to place fifth out of seven schools in the 2006 Mid-Con race. Southern Utah returns nine starters and 13 letterwinners from 2005 when they went 7-4-6 overall and placed third in the conference with a 3-1-2 mark. The Broncos are picked to place sixth in the 2006 WAC race, the same as the finished in 2005. Boise State returns 10 starters and 19 letterwinners from last year when the Broncos went 10-8-2 overall and 4-3-0 in league.
The Coaches: Southern Utah is in their sixth season under coach Brian Stock who has a SUU and career record of 17-63-7. He is 0-1-1 versus Boise State. Boise State enters their seventh season under head coach Steve Lucas who has accumulated a school and career record of 46-57-9. Lucas is undefeated against the Thunderbirds at 1-0-1.
Home Matches Are Played At The Boise State Soccer Stadium...
The soccer stadium is located six blocks south of the main University campus at 1507 S. Oakland Avenue. The stadium is a part of the Boas Tennis & Soccer Complex (the bubbles).
Directions From Broadway Avenue: Turn west onto Boise Avenue heading towards Capitol Boulevard. Once on Boise Ave. go approximately five blocks to the intersection of Boise, Vermont and Highland streets. Turn left onto HIGHLAND and proceed three blocks to Oakland Avenue. The complex is at the dead end.
Directions from Capitol Boulevard and Protest Road: Turn right or east onto Boise Avenue heading towards Broadway Avenue. Go past Protest Road approximately four blocks to the intersection of Boise, Vermont and Highland Streets. Turn a severe right onto HIGHLAND Street and proceed three blocks to the dead end. The complex is on the corner of Highland and Oakland.
The Boise State Soccer Stadium Features:
- Bleacher seating for 750 spectators
- Additional grass/lawn chair seating
- A Concession and restroom facility
- Free Parking
The Bronco Notebook...
Bronco Practice Times...
(8/22/06) - The Boise State soccer team will typically practice Monday, (Tuesday’s off) and Wednesday thru Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Boise State Soccer Stadium. All times are subject to change with out notice and are dependent upon travel schedules. For interviews please contact Boise State Assistant Sports Information Director, Doug Link at (208) 426-1027 or (208) 861-2796.
Broncos Return 2005 All-WAC Honoree, Alli Tsuchida...
(8/22/06) - Junior Alli Tsuchida returns to the squad following a 2005 season where the defender received All-WAC Second Team recognition. The junior from Honolulu, Hawaii has played in 39 matches to date with 25 starts, including starts in all 20 matches during 2005.
Boise State Returns Ten starters from 2005...
(8/22/06) - The Broncos return 10 starters from a year ago, six of which are seniors in 2006. A total of 13 current Broncos earned at least one start last season. There are three returners in the defensive back line, all four midfielders, both forwards, and the goalkeeper all return.
Boise State Returns Nine of their top 10 scorers from 2005...
(8/22/06) - Boise State returns nine of their top-10 scorers from last season. Current senior Nicole Coleman led the team in total points with 15 on five goals and five assists, while sophomore Randi Baker led the team in goals scored with fix in addition to dishing out two assists. Senior Kristin Hall recorded four goals and three assists, while Melanie Bohnet was fourth in points with two goals and one assists for five points.
Broncos Return The Goalkeeping Tandem of Parker and Morrison...
(8/22/06) - Last season the Broncos were led in goal by the goalkeeping tandem of Kim Parker and Michaela Morrison. The duo combined for a goals against average (GAA) of 1.25. Individually, Parker had a 1.30 GAA in 1,178 minutes and a save percentage of 77.9 percent. Morrison turned in a 1.16 GAA and a 80.9 save percentage.
Coleman and Hall Named Team Co-Captains for 2006...
(8/22/06) - The Broncos named a pair of local products as their co-captains for the 2006 campaign. This year’s leaders will be seniors Nicole Coleman of Boise’s Bishop Kelly High and Kristin Hall of Boise’s Timberline High. The duo has played in a combined 112 matches with 77 starts between them. Coleman led the team in points during 2005 with 15 and has accumulated career marks of five goals, seven assists, and 17 points. Hall has the most career goals of any active Bronco with nine, along with seven career assists and 25 points.
Off the Pitch...
(8/22/06) - Since Boise State joined the Western Athletic Conference five years ago (2001-02), the Broncos have led the league in classroom success. They have had the most individuals named to the WAC all-academic team with 29 and the most total honors received by a team with 48.
During last year’s academic year (2005-06) Boise State placed 15 members of their squad on the conference’s all-academic team, that is roughly 53.6 percent of the team. In addition, they had 20 of the 28 members named WAC Scholar Athletes, that is 71.4 percent of the roster with GPA’s over 3.0.
This Year’s WAC Tournament Is In Reno...
(8/22/06) - The 2006 Western Athletic Conference Tournament will be hosted by the University of Nevada in Reno. The dates for this season’s tournament are November 2-4 at Mackey Stadium. Once again the top-six teams of the eight in the league will advance to the postseason tournament which has an NCAA Tournament bid on the line.
Admission Prices For Boise State Soccer...
Individual game prices for soccer this season are as follows:
BSU Students with I.D. card Free
Seniors (62 years of age minimum) $3.00
Children (high school and younger) $3.00
The price of the Olympic Sports Pass: Adult, senior, child are $50.00 (each). Boise State Athletics introduces the "Olympic Sports Pass" for 2006-07. The cost of the pass is $50.00 and entitles the owner admission to all home events for the following sports: soccer, volleyball, women’s basketball, gymnastics, and wrestling.
Note: Exclusions to the Olympic Sports Pass. Basketball double-headers and postseason competitions (all sports) are not included in this pass. Separate tickets will need to be purchased for those events. All tickets and passes can be purchased at the Boise State University Athletic Ticket Office or at each event. Tickets may all be purchased by calling (208) 426-4737.