Bronco Soccer Team Kicks Off Fall Season!

Bronco soccer kicks off Friday night against Utah State. Can the Broncos build on the improvement shown last year?

Bronco Soccer Team Kicks Off Fall Sports Season at Boise State



     The Boise State women's soccer team is readying itself for the fall season, having been voted 6th in the preseason WAC poll after finishing 4th last season.  .  Coach Steve Lewis' team finished behind SMU, Hawai'i, Rice, UTEP and Fresno State in the WAC poll.  SMU is vying for its 4th consecutive league title this season. Despite the Mustangs' long run as champions, Coach Lewis was honored by his WAC peers last year as league Coach of the Year for his work with the Bronco squad.


       Boise State returns 7 starters from last year's team.  Seniors Kaziah Hill (5-9 Forward), Libby Johnson (5-9 Defenseman), Megan McCoy (5-7 Middle Forward/Defenseman), BreeAnn Milligan (5-2 Middle Forward) and Cassidy Temple (5-2 Defenseman) will give the Broncos a good deal of experience.  Milligan played in 17 games (starting 14) and netted 5 goals (2nd on the team) and 2 assists.  McCoy scored 2 goals and had 2 assists in 19 games last season for the Broncos, Hill scored a goal and was credited with 2 assists in 12 games, and Johnson added a goal.  Temple played a solid defense and started 20 games, totaling 2,256 minutes of game action.


       They are joined by sophomore forward Kristin Hall, who nailed 5 of 11 shots (for a team best 45.5%) as a freshman, including 10 of those11 shots on goal.  Another sophomore, Brennan Erickson (5-2 MF), scored 5 goals for the Broncos last year, including 3 game-winners.  Erickson scored 2 goals as Boise State shut out Nevada 5-0 and then followed that up the week later by shocking WAC champion SMU 2-1 with her penalty kick that won the game in Boise.  Four other members of that great class will likely play key roles this season:  Liane Tom (5-6 MF), Stephanie Campbell (5-9 Defenseman), Molly McDonald (5-10 Defenseman) and Kim Parker (5-6 Goalie).  Tom gave the Broncos scoring opportunities with 4 of her 6 shots on goal, while Campbell was 2-5 and McDonald 3-5.  Parker started every game as a freshman, logging 2,364 minutes, a 1.96 goals allowed average, 92 saves and 3 shutouts.


     Two areas the Broncos can improve upon:  fouls committed and shots.  The 2003 Broncos committed 30 more fouls than their opponents and were at a 54-40 disadvantage in corner kicks in the first half.  Often field position was also not in the Broncos' favor, as evidenced by a 121-85 shot advantage and a 13-9 goals scored edge for Boise State opponents in the opening half.


     Highlighting the schedule this fall is a match against Utah, #24 a year ago, and the Soccer Etc. Nike Classic September 10-12, including Minnesota and Montana.  The Broncos also have home contests against Idaho, Fresno State, Tulsa, Rice, San Jose State, Montana State, Montana, Utah State and Portland State.  The match against Utah State will kick off the '04 campaign this Friday, August 27th at 5 p.m. 


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