Boise State's soccer team downed Hawai'i yesterday 2-1 on Kaylea Perenon's goal with 13 minutes left yesterday at the Boas Soccer Complex to clinch a WAC Tournament berth. (Photo provided by Foto208.com--all rights reserved.)
The surging BoiseState soccer team scored two goals in the
second half to down Hawai'i 2-1 yesterday in Boise and clinched a berth in next week's Western Athletic Conference
Brandy Hickcox booted home a penalty
kick in the 67th minute to tie the Wahine and nine minutes later
Kaylea Perenon converted the game-winner to give BoiseState the win.
Boise State hosts the WAC Tournament next Thursday through Sunday.
BoiseState now has topped the .500 mark in each
of the last six seasons under Coach Steve Lewis.
Hawai'i got on the board 13 minutes into the
game when Mari Punzal sent a high shot from 35 yards that found the nets just
under the cross bar.BoiseState keeper Liz Ruiz would shut the Wahine
down the rest of the way, however.
In BoiseState's first scoring drive, Cheyenne
Jones beat the defense and fired a perfect pass to Shannon Saxton on the left
side of the box 18 yards from the net.Saxton's shot was blocked and ricocheted to Jones.Jones shot but was blocked by Wahine keeper Kanani Taaca.The rebound went back out to Jones who fired another shot.This one was blocked by Punzal but she used her hands illegally.Hickcox stepped up for the penalty kick and nailed a low shot to the
right side that Taaca could not respond to and the game was tied.
In the 76th minute, the
Broncos had a free kick following a Hawai'i foul.Freshman Maureen Fitzgerald sent a high arching kick to the far right
side of the 18-yard box.Chelsea
Robinson retrieved it and advanced the ball just in front of the Hawai'i goal where Perenon launched it into
the back of the net.
Ruiz had five saves in the second
half to put BoiseState in position to win.
BoiseState clinches sixth-straight season at .500
or better (9-6-4) and are in the WAC Tournament for the
fifth year in a row.Hawai'i falls to 6-11-1 on the year and 2-5 in the WAC.
The Broncos' winning ways will be
put to a test when league leader San JoseState (10-4-3 overall) invades Boise Sunday afternoon at .The
Spartans have won 13 games in a row.
Final Game Summary (Final)
Hawai'i (6-11-1, WAC 2-5-0) at Boise State (9-6-4, WAC 4-3-0)
10/30/09 at Boise, Idaho
Weather: low 50s, overcast
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Hawai'i............. 1 0 - 1
Boise State......... 0 2 - 2 SCORING SUMMARY:
1. 12:25 UH Punzal, Mari (2) (Shapka, Kristyn) - shot from distance
30 yards, over keeper
2. 66:50 BSU Hickcox, Brandy (2) Penalty kick
3. 75:48 BSU Perenon, Kaylea (3) (Robinson, Chelsea;Fitzgerald, Maureen) - scored off cross from 5yds,
low to left
Shots: Hawai'i 15, Boise State 14
Shots on Goal: Hawai'i 7, Boise State 7
Saves: Hawai'i 5 (Taaca, Kanani 5), Boise State 6 (Ruiz, Liz 6)