Broncos Conclude Regular Season With Two Home Matches Against Utah State and Louisiana Tech...
Boise State wraps up their regular season with two home matches this weekend. The action starts with Utah State on Friday at 4:00 p.m. (mountain) and concludes with "Senior Day" against Louisiana Tech on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both matches will be played at Boise State’s Boas Tennis & Soccer Complex on South Oakland Avenue.
Boise State Enters Week At 6-6-3, WAC 1-2-2...
Boise State tied Idaho 1-1 last week in their lone match. They enter this week in sixth place in the WAC standings at 1-2-2 and 6-6-3 overall. The Broncos are looking for their third straight winning season and fourth in five years with a sweep this weekend. They are also looking to advance to next week’s WAC Tournament in Reno, Nevada and need one win to guarantee themselves a berth.
Senior Brennan Lau continues to lead Boise State in scoring with nine points on three goals and three assists. Senior Kristin Hall is second with eight points based on a team high four goals. Annie Tom, a senior from Honolulu, is third with seven points on three goals and one assist. Boise State features the fourth ranked scoring offenses in the WAC over the entire year with 24 goals and a average of 1.6 goals per match.
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 52-63-12 record at the school, it is also his all-time career collegiate record as a head coach.
Boise State Looking For Fourth WAC Tournament Berth In Six Seasons...
The Broncos are looking for their fourth WAC Tournament berth in six years of league membership. They control their own fate entering the final week. All they need to ensure themselves of a berth into next week’s tournament in Reno, Nevada is to win at least one of the two matches this weekend in Boise. Boise State could also go if Idaho and Louisiana Tech each lose one match, those two just happen to play each other on Friday in Moscow, Idaho. Boise State has advanced to the WAC Tournament three times previously in 2001, 2003, and 2005. They have not gone in back-to-back years.
Already in the tournament field is Fresno State and San Jose State with 13 points each, Utah State has 11 points, followed by Nevada with seven. Those four clinched berths last weekend. Both Hawaii, with six points, and Boise State, with five, need one win to clinch berths to the tournament...a loss by either Idaho or Louisiana Tech would also secure a place in the tournament for Hawaii or Boise State. A loss by both teams (Idaho and Louisiana Tech) would send both Hawaii and Boise State to Reno next week.
Broncos Closing In On Third Straight Winning Season...
Boise State needs two wins this weekend to ensure a winning season. They could still guarantee a winning season if they split with Utah State and Louisiana Tech, but they would have to win at least one match at next week’s WAC Tournament to do so. The Broncos are currently 6-6-3 overall with two games left this weekend. In the previous two seasons they went 9-8-2 in 2004 followed by a 10-8-2 mark last year in 2005.
"Senior Day" is Sunday Against Louisiana Tech...
The final home match of the season signals "Senior Day" as Boise State will say goodbye to six members of the 2006 squad. This year’s seniors include Annie Tom (Honolulu, Hawaii), Kim Parker (Portland, Oregon), Molly McDonald (Maple Valley, Washington), and three native Boiseans in Kristin Hall, Brennan Lau, and Nicole Coleman. There will be a short pregame ceremony honoring the six before Sunday’s match against Louisiana Tech starting at 12:45 p.m.
Oct. 27: Utah State (8-7-2, WAC 3-0-2) at Boise State...
Utah State leads the all-time series 5-1-0. The series began when they were both in the Big West Conference together from 1998-2000. Boise State’s lone victory (1-0) in the series came two years ago when they played a non-league match in Boise during the 2004 campaign. Last year the two were reunited in the WAC, Utah State claimed a 4-0 home victory over the Broncos in Logan.
Utah State enters the week in third place at 3-0-2 in league action and are 8-7-2 overall. They are coming off a week that saw them defeat Hawaii 2-1 on the road, followed by a home win over Nevada 2-0, and a scoreless draw with Fresno State in Logan last Sunday. They have already clinched a playoff spot in next week’s WAC Tournament. They are led by Charity Weston with four goals and three assists for 11 points on the year. Dana Peart and Erin Salmon each have seven points on three goals and one assist apiece. The Aggies have scored 14 goals on the year ranking seventh in the league.
Oct. 29: Louisiana Tech (4-9-2, WAC 0-5-0) at Boise State...
Boise State won the only previous meeting between these two programs which was last year in Ruston by the score of 5-0. Five different Broncos scored in the match for Boise State.
Louisiana Tech is in it’s third year of women’s soccer and second as members of the WAC. They enter this week’s action at 4-9-2 overall and 0-5-0 in league, good for eighth place. They will take on Idaho Friday afternoon in Moscow, Idaho before the season finale in Boise on Sunday.
The Lady Techsters are coming off a week where they lost their final two home matches of the season 2-0 to Fresno State and 7-0 to Nevada. They have lost six straight matches entering the final weekend of competition and 12 straight league games dating back to last year. Emily Cleaveland leads La Tech with five goals and one assist for 11 points on the season. Brook Kelly is second on four goals and two assists for 10 points. As a team, Louisiana Tech has scored 19 goals and averages 1.2 per game.
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 17-23-4 all-time in league matches. However, against the current WAC membership Boise State have gone 19-20-4 all-time against Fresno State (BSU 2-4-0), Hawaii (2-5-1), Idaho (5-3-1), Louisiana Tech (1-0-0), Nevada (5-1-1), San Jose State (3-2-1), and Utah State (1-5-0).
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