Boise State opens Western Athletic Conference action this week with a pair of matches. The first has the Broncos on the road for the league opener at San Jose State (3-7-1, WAC 0-0-0) in Spartan Stadium at 7:00 p.m. (pacific) Friday night. The second match has Boise State returning home to host Hawaii (6-4-2, WAC 0-0-0) at 1:00 p.m. (mountain) on Sunday at the Boas Tennis & Soccer Complex.
Boise State Enters Week At 5-4-1...
The Broncos completed their non-league schedule at 5-4-1 overall. Last week in the final conference tune-ups they played a pair of double-overtime matches defeating Sacramento State 4-3 on the road Friday then tied TCU 1-1 at home in Boise on Sunday. To date, Boise State is 3-1-1 at home and 2-3-0 away from Boise. Senior Brennan Lau leads the Broncos in points with seven on two goals and three assists, followed by Katie Keller with six (3g) and Annie Tom with five (2g, 1a). As a team, Boise State averages 1.9 per game and allows 1.5.
Boise State returned ten starters and 19 letterwinners from last year’s 10-8-2 team that went 4-3-0 in league play to finish in sixth place, one win out of first place. Head coach Steve Lucas is in his seventh season in charge of the Broncos and ninth overall with the program. He has a 48-61-9 record at the school, it is also his all-time career collegiate record as a head coach.
Boise State’s Annie Tom Named WAC Offensive Player of the Week...
BOISE, Idaho - (10/2/06) - Boise State’s Annie Tom has been named this week’s WAC soccer offensive player of the week for her performance over the weekend helping the Broncos to a 1-0-1 record in two matches. The senior from Mililani, Hawaii scored the decisive goal for Boise State in a 4-3 double-overtime win last Friday at Sacramento State.
Tom played in both matches last week as Boise State completed their non-conference schedule at 5-4-1 overall. She came in off the bench on Friday (Sept. 29) to score the sudden victory game-winning goal 19 seconds into the second overtime at Sacramento State to give Boise State the win. The victory over the Hornets snapped a three-match losing streak for the Broncos as they completed a five game road swing over the last three weeks. It was Tom’s second goal of the season moving her point total to five on the year, it was also her third career goal.
This is Tom’s first career WAC player of the week honor. She is the eighth Bronco all-time and the second this year to receive this weekly WAC recognition. Junior Nicole Tadman was the previous Boise State honoree this season having been named the league’s offensive player of the week on September 11. This brings the program’s total of POW honors to 10 since joining the conference for the 2001 season.
Oct. 6: Boise State at San Jose State (3-7-1, WAC 0-0-0)...
The Broncos lead the all-time series with the Spartans 3-1-1, including a 2-1 overtime win last year in Boise. San Jose State enters the week at 3-7-1 overall and has lost three straight entering Wednesday’s match at Santa Clara. Last week SJSU played one match losing 1-0 at UC-Irvine on Sunday. The Spartans are led by Jessica Scott, Jennifer Guadagnolo, and Nicole Martinez with three goals apiece. As a team, San Jose State averages 1.3 goals per match while allowing 2.0.
San Jose State played in the 2005 WAC Tournament losing 1-0 to Fresno State in Boise. In 2006 the Spartans return 10 starters and 15 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 6-12-3 overall and 4-2-1 in the WAC to tie (four-way tie) for second place. Dave Siracusa is in his third season at San Jose State where he has gone 14-32-5 overall and 0-1-1 versus Boise State.
Oct. 8: Hawaii (6-4-2, WAC 0-0-0) at Boise State...
The Rainbow Wahine lead the all-time series between these two schools 5-1-1. They have won five straight over the Broncos, including a 3-0 victory last season in Honolulu. Hawaii enters the week at 6-4-2 overall with two matches on their schedule before meeting Boise State on Sunday. The Wahine play at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles on Tuesday followed by their conference opener at Idaho on Friday. Hawaii has lost two straight prior to this week with losses last week to Cal State Northridge (L 2-1) in Honolulu before dropping a road match at San Diego (L 4-2) on Sunday. Taryn Fukuroku leads the Wahine in points with 15 on six goals and three assists, she is tied for first in points and second in goals scored among WAC players. Hawaii averages 1.2 goals per match and allows less than one (0.78) per outing.
Hawaii is the defending WAC regular season champions after going 5-2-0 last season in conference matches. The Wahine return seven starters and 15 letterwinners from last year’s 13-5-2 squad. Pinsoom Tenzing is in his 13th season at Hawaii where he has gone 107-113-20 overall.
Boise State Vs. the Western Athletic Conference...
The Broncos are in their sixth season as members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) where they are 16-21-2 all-time in league matches. However, against the current WAC membership Boise State has fared better going 18-18-2 all-time against Fresno State (BSU 2-3-0), Hawaii (1-5-1), Idaho (5-3-0), Louisiana Tech (1-0-0), Nevada (5-1-0), San Jose State (3-1-1), and Utah State (1-5-0).
Boise State In Conference Openers...
The Broncos are 2-6-0 in conference openers all-time and 2-3-0 since joining the WAC in 2001. However, Boise State has won the last two league openers defeating Nevada 2-0 in Reno during the 2004 opener and San Jose State 2-1 in overtime at Boise last year.