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BOISE, Idaho (11/08/2009) - Boise State’s Erica Parks scored her third goal of the tournament in the 23rd minute to lift Boise State to a 1-0 victory over Nevada, claiming the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The freshman from Nampa, Idaho, scored in all three of the Broncos’ tournament wins earning her the tournament MVP honors for the outstanding effort. Boise State will find out at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain) Monday night on ESPN News where it will head for the first round of the national tournament which begins this Friday, Nov. 13.
A Boas Complex record crowd of 1,223 watched as the Broncos won their sixth straight to improve to 13-6-4 on the year and increase their program record for victories. They also tied the school record for shutouts in a season with their ninth of the year and second in a row. Joining Parks on the All-Tournament Team for Boise State were junior defender Malia Hendrix, sophomore midfielder Brandy Hickcox and sophomore goalkeeper Liz Ruiz.
Boise State opened the match fast taking control of the tempo early on. The Broncos took six shots in the first 12 minutes compared to two for the Wolf Pack. Boise State continually pushed the action into the Nevada defensive half in the opening period searching for the go ahead strike.
The decisive moment came in the 23rd minute when Maureen Fitzgerald crossed the ball from deep on the right wing to a waiting Parks in front of the Nevada goal. The freshman volleyed the eventual game-winning goal in from six-yards out, inside the left post for the 1-0 lead at the 22:56 mark. It was Parks team-high ninth goal of the year, while Fitzgerald recorded her team-high seventh assist.
A few minutes later Brandy Hickcox sent a header off a corner kick toward goal that beat the keeper but was cleared by a defender at the left post. Shannon Saxton nearly extended Boise State’s advantage in the 39th minute when she launched a shot that hit the left post, the deflection was eventually cleared by a defender.
Boise State took the 1-0 lead into halftime out shooting Nevada four-to-none in shots on goal and 15-to-four overall during the opening 45 minutes of play.
The Broncos kept the pressure on during the final period limiting Nevada to two shots on goal while placing five of their own on target.
Maureen Fitzgerald had the first good chance for the Broncos in the second period firing a hard shot that was denied by Nevada’s keeper Marie Cove in the 51st minute. The Broncos had several other opportunities to extend their lead in the final 30 minutes. The best chance was by Saxton in the 83rd minute when she drove into the Wolf Pack 18-yard box firing at goal only to see the shot deflected by the keeper. Saxton got the rebound and sent it back at goal but watched as Cove recovered in time to stop the second attempt.
Boise State’s defense was big once again led by Ruiz in goal. The Broncos recorded their second consecutive shutout in the tournament to claim the title.
Jessica Ingram, D, San Jose State
Shantel Flanary, F, Utah State
Hallsie Pacheco, GK, San Jose State
Molli Merrill, MF, Utah State
Erica Parks, F, Boise State
Malia Hendrix, D, Boise State
Natalie Ratnavira, F, Nevada
Annabelle Allen, MF, Nevada
Brandy Hickox, MF, Boise State
Marie Cove, GK, Nevada
Liz Ruiz, GK, Boise State
MVP: Erica Parks, F, Boise State
Final Game Summary
WAC Tournament Championship Match
Nevada (10-12) vs. Boise State (13-6-4)
11/08/2009 at Boise, Idaho
Weather: High 50’s and sunny
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Nevada.............. 0 0 - 0
Boise State......... 1 0 - 1
1. 22:56 BSU Parks, Erica (9) (Fitzgerald, Maureen) - volleyed cross from 6-yds
Shots: Nevada 8, Boise State 22
Shots on Goal: Nevada 2, Boise State 9
Saves: Nevada 8 (Cove, Marie 7; TM 1), Boise State 2 (Ruiz, Liz 2)