Broncos Close Regular Season With 1-0 Upset of San Jose State...

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Broncos will be the number three seed into WAC Tournament.

BOISE, Idaho (11/1/2009) - Boise State’s soccer team finished the regular season on a roll upsetting the 2009 Western Athletic Conference champion San Jose State Spartans with a dominating 1-0 victory in Boise Sunday afternoon. The Bronco victory was the third in a row, while snapping the Spartans’ 15-match unbeaten streak. Freshman Erica Parks scored the match-winner just before halftime on a fastbreak goal in the 43rd minute. The win gives Boise State the number three seed in the WAC Tournament which begins this Thursday in Boise.

Boise State out shot San Jose State 26-to-seven in the game and 10-to-three in shots on goal as the Broncos pushed the tempo and action into the Spartan defensive half on a regular basis. During the opening 12-minutes Boise State hit the post twice on shots by Lauren Hickok and Molly Hill. By the time the period ended the Broncos had placed five shots on goal scoring on one.

The eventual match-winner came just before halftime. Following a San Jose State attack into the Boise State 18-yard box, Bronco keeper Jennifer Burns sparked the fastbreak when she launched a long down-field kick. The pass was headed forward by Chelsea Robinson directly into the path of Parks. The freshman from Nampa, Idaho, drove the ball into the penalty box past the keeper, who over ran the ball, scoring into an open net at the 42:17 mark of the match. It was Parks’ sixth goal of the season tying her for the team scoring lead on the year.

Boise State did not let up in the second period as they fired 13 shots at the San Jose State goal, nearly extending their lead several times. Three times the Broncos beat the keeper only to see a defender in the right place at the right time to deny another score, San Jose State’s Jessica Ingram recorded two of the team saves for the Spartans. On all three scoring opportunities Boise State’s Shannon Saxton was the Bronco denied. The junior from Beaverton, Ore., took seven shots in the match placing four on target as she lead the Boise State attack.

Once again Boise State’s defense held strong as they recorded their seventh shutout of the season. The Broncos held the Spartans to three shots in the final period with one on goal in the 89th minute that was denied by Burns to preserve the win for Boise State. The senior goalkeeper from Boise’s Capital High recorded three saves on Senior Day to anchor the Bronco defense. The defense has an opportunity to set a school record for fewest goals allowed in a season as they head into the WAC Tournament  conceding 17 goals this year. The record is 19 set during the 2004 campaign. 

The victory improves the Broncos to 10-6-4 on the year and 5-3-0 in WAC play giving them third place in the standings. It also gives Boise State its first back-to-back seasons with double-digit wins in program history. The loss is the first of the conference campaign for the Spartans and snaps San Jose State’s 15-match unbeaten streak (11-0-4) as they finish the regular season at 11-5-4 overall and 5-1-2 in league action, they will be the number one seed into the WAC Tournament.


Final Game Summary
San Jose State (11-5-3, 5-1-2 WAC) vs. Boise State (10-6-4, 5-3-0 WAC)
Nov. 01, 2009 at Boise, Idaho
Attendance: 349
Weather: Low 50’s

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 -------------------------------
 San Jose State......  0  0 -  0
 Boise State.........  1  0 -  1
 
 SCORING SUMMARY:
  1.  42:17 BSU Parks, Erica (6) (Burns, Jennifer;Robinson, Chelsea) - long ball, dribbeled past goalie. Scored on open net from 6yds.

 Shots: San Jose State 7, Boise State 26
 Shots on Goal: San Jose State 3, Boise State 10
 Saves: San Jose State 9 (Butera, Nina 6; TEAM 3), Boise State 3
 (Burns, Jennifer 3)