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.
soccer team refuses to let it happen.
Last week when
shocked league champion
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
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
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
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
goal. A six-yard volley from Parks
that fooled the
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.
's tenacious play limited
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.
on the season and tied the school record with their ninth shutout of the
Congratulations on the great win, Broncos, and may the good
times continue to roll!
Jessica Ingram, D, San Jose State
Shantel Flanary, F, Utah State
Hallsie Pacheco, GK, San Jose State
Molli Merrill, MF, Utah State
Parks, F, Boise State
Hendrix, D, Boise State
Natalie Ratnavira, F, Nevada
Annabelle Allen, MF, Nevada
Brandy Hickox, MF, Boise State
Marie Cove, GK, Nevada
Ruiz, GK, Boise State
Parks, F, Boise State
Final Game Summary
WAC Tournament Championship Match
Weather: High 50's and sunny
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
.............. 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,