By Wayne Hoseck
A slight, chill breeze blew through the fields of the Boas Soccer and Tennis Complex as fans and spectators gathered to watch the Broncos take on a tough opponent, the San Diego State (SDSU) Aztecs. The Aztecs, ranked tenth in the NSCAA, are only the second conference opponent Boise State has taken on. They are also ranked first in the Mountain West conference, tied with New
Mexico at 1-0.
The first half was a close duel, with the girls battling it out on both sides of the field. The Broncos had won three corner kicks and had close chances to score, but weren’t able to complete them. Both teams had five shots in the first half, but SDSU’s iron defense didn’t allow any of Boise State’s shots to be counted as shots-on-goal, as SDSU keeper Rachel Boaz, never had to block a single one, a curse that would last the entire game.
In the second half, the SDSU girls picked up the offensive pressure and aggressiveness, which resulted in a couple of stop-play moments, where Boise State players were having a hard time getting up. The SDSU girls tackled, pushed and tripped the Broncos, who were forced to pick up the aggressiveness of their own game.
All in all, Boise State went toe-to-toe with a very tough opponent until halfway through minute 72, when a dual-assist from seniors Haley Locker and Tiffany Hurst allowed Sarah Halverson to direct the ball past sophomore keeper Maddy McDevitt for a score, the only one of
Boise State continued to take shots at the net, but were unable to score in the last eighteen minutes of play.
Despite the loss, Head Coach Steve Lucas thought the girls still played well.
“I thought they did a great job, we stuck to our game plan, we got tired a little bit in the last ten minutes of the first half, and the second half was wide open. We’re proud of them, we are just bummed out they lost, it’s that simple,” Lucas said. “We’ve had some consistent performances over the last three or four weeks, and we just need to continue that, and things will start happening for us.”
The Broncos’ next opponents are Air Force on Friday Oct. 12 and Wyoming on