Nevada Eliminates Bronco Soccer From WAC Tournament
BOISE, Idaho (11/3/05) The Nevada Wolf Pack defeated the Boise State Broncos 3-0 in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Thursday afternoon in Boise. The victory moves Nevada into the semifinals against San Jose State tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. The defeat ended the Broncos season at 10-8-2 overall. The match was one of breaks as Nevada capitalized on their opportunities while they Broncos struggled to finish their's.

Nevada started the match quick netting a fast goal in the 3rd minute of play. The Wolf Pack attacked down the left flank when Miranda Montejo played the ball to Samantha Miller. Miller drove towards the box and launched a high arcing shot over the outstretched hands of Kim Parker in goal for Boise State for an early 1-0 Nevada lead.

Nevada’s second goal came on an attack down the center of the field. This time Miller passed the ball through the defense where Montejo went one-v-one with the keeper beating Parker to the right from 16 yards out.

Montejo had another opportunity in the first half when she launched a shot from wide right that sailed high but was denied by Boise State’s Parker in the 33rd minute.

Boise State’s first solid scoring opportunity came in the 36th minute. Junior Kristin Hall drove down the center of the pitch then played a through ball to Baker who out ran a defender for a one-v-one against a charging keeper. Baker beat the keeper to the right but sent the ball just right of goal.

Boise State started the second period quickly getting a solid shot off at the Nevada goal in the 47th minute. Smith launched a high shot from 21 yards out that sailed over the crossbar.

In the 50th minute Boise State attacked down the right flank where Lau sent a high cross into the box from the corner. The ball found the head of Smith who sent a shot towards goal that deflecting of the crossbar.

Nevada’s insurance goal came in the 59th minute when Aivi Luik crossed a high ball into the Bronco box from the left side. Jessica Thompson ran onto the ball and headed it into the Bronco goal for the 3-0 advantage.

Both teams had other chances but no further scores were recorded. On the day, Nevada out shot Boise State 7-to-6 overall and 6-to-1 in shots on goal, while the Broncos had a 6-to-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The Broncos season ends at 10-8-2 overall which ranks as their second best mark in the program’s eight years. Ironically, the Broncos end the season with a 10-0-2 record in matches in which they scored at least one goal. They also had a season that saw eight defeats, all by shutout. In addition, Boise State saw 13 school records set and one other tied, wins in a season. The future looks bright for the Broncos as they lose only three seniors from this year’s squad. Coach Lucas returns the core of the team, a total of 25 athletes, for next season’s campaign as the program continues to improve and climb upwards.

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