Broncos Capture Big Win to Start Homecoming Weekend

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BOISE, Idaho - In a playoff-like atmosphere, the Boise State women's soccer team notched a 2-1 victory over TCU at the Boas Soccer and Tennis Complex, Friday. The two teams were tied in the conference standings with three points apiece coming into the match.

The Horned frogs were the first get on the board with a goal from their leading scorer, Jordan Calhoun in the sixth minute. Calhoun got in behind the Bronco back line after getting a ball from Brooke Kviz and fired a shot from 30 yards out that got flew over the head of Boise State goalkeeper Liz Ruiz.

Though the Broncos were down, they were not out. Boise State controlled much of the first half after the goal, as evidenced by a 17-4 shot advantage.

One of those shots found the back of the net off the foot of Ashley Hruby. The setup came on a Boise State corner kick taken by Shannon Schueren that was deflected at the far post and bounced through traffic to the middle of the box where Hruby connected with a left-footed strike past the keeper for the first goal of her Bronco career.

After coming out of halftime tied at 1-1, Boise State would find its second goal a little over 10 minutes into the second period. Erica Parks created the situation, driving into the TCU defensive third where she was fouled inside the penalty box. Senior Kati Lucas was selected to take the penalty kick and drilled the shot past the keeper just inside the right post.

"It was one of those 'step up and take it (moments),'"said Lucas. " I'm a senior and I've done it a hundred times. It was just going through the motions all over again because by this time it's muscle memory."

The goal was her seventh of the season and her third game-winning goal of the season, both of which lead the team.

The Broncos finished with 23 shots and 13 shots on goal while the Horned Frogs took 10 shots, only two of which were on frame.

"It's been a learning process for us in this league," said head coach Steve Lucas. "We had a real bad one a week ago but since then we've been great. We just needed that win tonight."

Boise State will close out Mountain West conference play in its inaugural season, Sunday, when it faces New Mexico who currently sits atop the conference with eight points and is unbeaten in league play. A tie or a win against the Lobos will solidify a spot for the Broncos in the conference tournament.