Salute To The WAC Champion Bronco Soccer Team

Coach Steve Lucas has been regarded as one of Boise State's top coaches for years. Quietly and with much class, he has molded together a group of top-notch soccer players and human beings. This afternoon, the entire soccer program was rewarded with a 1-0 victory over Nevada to win their first-ever soccer championship. Congratulations Broncos!

An unbelievable year has not ended.  The Boise State soccer team refuses to let it happen.  

Last week when Boise State shocked league champion San Jose State to close out the regular season, you had to suspect that this was possible.  The fact that they had won five matches in a row with aggressive play and sterling defense had to tip off those in the know.  But after three successive 1-0 victories over Fresno State, Utah State and Nevada to capture the 2009 Western Athletic Conference soccer championship this afternoon at Boas Field (the first in school history), you have to say,  

"How Sweet It Is!"  

Freshman Erica Parks scored the decisive goal this afternoon in the 23rd minute as Boise State is headed to the Big Dance, the NCAA Tournament.  Parks scored all three goals for Coach Steve Lucas in the three matches and earned Most Valuable Player honors.   

Junior defender Malia Hendrix, sophomore midfielder Brandy Hickcox and sophomore goalkeeper Liz Ruiz joined Parks on the All-Tournament team.  

The Broncos came out strong, catching the Wolf Pack women off guard with a barrage of six shots in the first 12 minutes.  While those early forays were not successful, they set the tone for the match and established Boise State as the aggressor.  In the 23rd minute, Maureen Fitzgerald sent a beautiful pass from deep on the right wing to Parks, who was waiting directly in front of the Nevada goal.  A six-yard volley from Parks that fooled the Nevada keeper found the net and proved to be the only goal of the contest.  It was Parks' team-leading ninth goal of the year and Fitzgerald's seventh assist, also tops on the team.  

Boise State 's tenacious play limited Nevada to just two shots the entire second half.   

With the trophy clutched in the hands of some very proud ladies, the team turns attention to ESPN News tomorrow night, where they will learn Boise State's first-round opponent in the National Tournament that begins next Friday, the 13th.  

A Boas Complex record crowd of 1,223 turned out on a glorious fall afternoon to witness history.  Boise State improved to 13-6-4 on the season and tied the school record with their ninth shutout of the season.   

Congratulations on the great win, Broncos, and may the good times continue to roll! Photobucket


All-Tournament Team

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
Attendance: 1223
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)


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