RENO, Nevada (11/2/06) The Boise State soccer team’s season ended Thursday in heartbreaking fashion to the San Jose State Spartans in the first match of the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The two squads battled each other for 110 minutes to settle for a scoreless draw. Unfortunately for Boise State the tie breaking procedure to see who would advance to Friday’s semifinal against Fresno State is penalty kicks. That went the way of San Jose State who edge Boise State 4-2.
The first half was a hard fought period with San Jose State having an early chance in the third minute to score. They stole a bad pass between Bronco defenders and had an unmarked Liz Behlen looking at the Bronco goal. She touched the ball once and shot from 18 yards out that went straight to Boise State’s Kim Parker for the save.
In the eighth minute Boise State’s Katie Keller ran onto a loose ball at the top of San Jose State’s 18-yard box where she launched a hard shot that missed just to the left of goal.
Six minutes later Nicole Coleman fired from distance but was denied by San Jose State’s keeper Marissa Dayton. In the 18th minute senior Annie Tom nearly gave the Broncos the lead when she headed a Melanie Bohnet free kick off the Spartan crossbar.
With the score tied 0-0 Boise State’s Coleman had an opportunity in the 42nd minute when she launched a high shot from 30 yards out that was stopped by a stretching Dayton for SJSU.
The first half ended in a scoreless draw. The Spartans held a slight edge in shots on goal over the Broncos by a three-to-two margin at intermission.
The second half started with San Jose State getting the first shot on goal in the 62nd minute. Cristin Murphy took the shot that was a slow attempt from distance that Parker easily saved.
Boise State controlled the tempo in the final 30 minutes of regulation forcing the majority of the play into the Spartan defensive half.
In the 66th minute Boise State’s Coleman sent a rightside corner kick across the mouth of the goal. Molly McDonald controlled the ball just left of goal and one touched it towards Erin Wofford two yards out. However, San Jose State’s keeper recovered in time to cover the cross and deny a point blank shot from Boise State.
Brennan Lau ran onto a pass 23 yards out from the Spartan goal in the 69th minute. She fired a hard shot that forced Dayton to stretch to her left to stop the ball keeping the match scoreless.
Nicole Coleman drove the center of the field and fired just left of goal in the 75th minute. Kristin Hall also fired a shot wide from the severe left that sailed to the right in the 77th minute. In the 78th minute Melanie Bohnet launched a rocket from 30 yards that sailed just over the crossbar.
Neither team managed to score in regulation forcing extra time. Boise State had the edge in shots on goal during the second period three-to-two.
In the first overtime San Jose State sent one shot over the crossbar in the 93rd minute. Boise State countered in the 94th minute when Brennan Lau fired a bullet from 21 yards out that was saved by Dayton. Overall Boise State had four shots blocked in the first overtime period.
To start the second overtime Parker made a great diving save to her left on a Liz Behlen shot from the right flank. Neither team had any solid scoring chances after that with one exception. In the final minute Parker came up with a huge stop on a cross to the center of the box when she beat the Spartan attacker to the ball keeping the match scoreless and sending the match to penalty kicks.
Penalty kicks went the way of San Jose State who converted four shots to Boise State’s two. Officially the match ends as a 0-0 draw with San Jose State advancing on penalty kicks. Boise State’s season ends at 7-7-4 overall, while San Jose State advances to play Fresno State in Friday’s semifinal game with a 7-10-3 overall record.
For the Broncos it was the final match in the careers of six seniors: Nicole Coleman, Kristin Hall, Brennan Lau, Molly McDonald, Kim Parker, and Annie Tom. They depart as the winningest class in program history at 34-35-9 overall in four years.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Boise State vs San Jose State (Nov 02, 2006 at Reno, Nev.)
Boise State (7-7-4) vs. San Jose State (7-10-3)
Date: Nov 02, 2006 Attendance:
Weather: overcast, breezy,
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Boise State......... 0 0 0 0 - 0
San Jose State...... 0 0 0 0 - 0
No goals scored
Boise State: 8/Y 10/N 25/Y 16/N
San Jose State: 17/Y 7/Y 12/Y 16/Y
San Jose State wins shootout 4-2 to advance
to the semifinals against Fresno State
Shots: Boise State 19, San Jose State 19
Shots on goal: Boise State 6, San Jose State 9
Saves: Boise State 9 (Parker, Kim 9), San Jose State 6 (Dayton,