Friday, October 21, 2011

Boise State Soccer Team Defeats TCU 2-1

In a match that could determine the final participant in the upcoming Mountain West Conference soccer tournament, Boise State edged TCU 2-1 tonight at the Boas Soccer Complex in Boise.

The Broncos and Horned Frogs were tied for sixth going into the match, knowing the loser would have a lot of pressure in their regular season finale.  TCU jumped on top early when leading scorer Jordan Calhoun snuck in behind Bronco defenders to take a pass from Brooke Kviz and booted a 30-yarder over the head of Bronco goalkeeper Liz Ruiz.

Boise State fought back aggressively and on a Shannon Schuren corner kick that was deflected to the middle of the box, Ashley Hruby was in the right place and sent a kick into the net for the first goal of her college career.  Coach Steve Lewis's team had a 17-4 shot advantage at the half, but were tied at 1.

Then, 10 minutes into the second half, Erica Parks was fouled inside the penalty box.  Senior Kati Lucas took the penalty kick and sent a shot past the keeper just inside the right post.

"It was one of those 'step up and take it (moments),'"said Lucas. " I'm a senior and I've done it a hundred times. It was just going through the motions all over again because by this
time it's muscle memory."

It was Lucas's seventh goal of the season and her third game-winner.

The Lady Broncos finish the regular season Sunday against MWC leader New Mexico.  A tie or a win will clinch a tournament berth for Boise State.  Action gets underway at 1 p.m. at the Boas Complex.

Bronco Soccer Team Ready to Battle TCU

The Boise State soccer team needs at least one win this weekend to qualify for the Mountain West Conference playoffs in their initial season.  The Broncos, 1-3 in conference, take on TCU (also 1-3) and league leader New Mexico (2-0-2) at Boas Soccer Complex in Boise.

The top six teams qualify for the playoffs beginning November 2, leaving one team out of the loop.  As TCU is fighting with Boise State for sixth place, a win against the Horned Frog women would seem to be a necessity.  Boise State hosts TCU this afternoon at 4, then will meet New Mexico Sunday at 1.

Here are the current standings:

Team (Rk.)W-L-TPctHAPts.W-L-TPctHAN
New Mexico2-0-2.7502-0-10-0-188-4-4.6255-1-23-1-20-2-0
San Diego State1-1-1.5000-1-11-0-047-6-3.5314-3-32-2-01-1-0
Air Force1-2-0.3330-0-01-2-036-7-3.4694-3-11-2--11-2-1
Boise State1-3-0.0000-1-01-2-036-9-1.4062-4-13-2-01-3-0