Broncos Top Utah State; Advance To Title Game

Boise State's soccer team comes into today's WAC Championship as the hottest team in the league. The Broncos knocked off Utah State yesterday afternoon in Boise and will take on Nevada at 1 p.m. today for the title. (Photo is by rights reserved.)

Freshman Erica Parks from Nampa scored the only goal of the contest in the 58th minute as Boise State held off Utah State 1-0 in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Soccer Tournament yesterday afternoon in Boise .  The Broncos will face Nevada today at 1 p.m. at the Boas Soccer and Tennis Complex for the WAC title.

"Erica did a great job of finishing on that goal," said head coach Steve Lucas.  "We talked about needing to take advantage of whatever chances we had against Utah State as they are good.  She finished strong on the play and we got the goal we needed."

It was a defensive struggle throughout and scoring opportunities were at a premium.  The teams went into the break scoreless.  Eight minutes into the second half, freshman Maureen Fitzgerald set up Parks with a beautiful pass.  Parks brilliantly split a pair of Aggie defenders and sent a shot that found the net inside the right post.  It was Parks' second goal of the tournament and eighth of the season, as Fitzgerald contributed her team-leading sixth assist of the year.  

The keepers ruled the final 32 minutes and the goal held up to advance the Broncos into the championship game this afternoon.  Boise State ( 12-6-4 ) set a school record for victories and has now won five consecutive matches.  

Nevada comes into the game fresh from an upset of #1 seed San Jose State , also by the same count of 1-0. 


Final Game Summary

Western Athletic Conference Tournament
Utah State (10-9-2) vs. Boise State (12-6-4)
11/06/09 at Boise, Idaho
Attendance: 459
Weather: mid 50's,overcast w/rain

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Utah State..........  0  0 -  0
 Boise State.........  0  1 -  1
  1.  57:27 BSU Parks, Erica (7) (Fitzgerald, Maureen) - split two defenders scored from 10 yards inside far right post

 Shots: Utah State 12, Boise State 14
 Shots on Goal: Utah State 1, Boise State 4
 Saves: Utah State 3 (Merrill, Molli 3), Boise State 1 (Ruiz, Liz 1)

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