Up to Speed: Our weekly recap of Bronco Sports, Sept. 20-26

Boise State women's soccer, #13 Morgan Stone
Photo by Claire Keener

Boise State men’s golf upsets five Power 5 programs at Husky Invitational (Sept. 9/20-9/21)

By Ryan Marshall

Boise State men’s golf opened the season at the Husky Invitational by beating five Power 5 opponents on the Gold Mountain Olympic Course in Bremerton, Washington.

“We had a lot more good moments than bad this week, but still plenty we can clean up,” head coach Dan Potter said. “It was an awesome finish by Skyler [Eubank] when we needed it today, and Joe [Neuheisel] had a nice tournament as well. The course was a good test and it exposed a lot of weaknesses. We’ll get back to work and do what we can to be better next week.”

Fifth-year senior Eubank and sixth-year senior Neuheisel each capped a spot in the top 10 during the tournament. Eubank finished in fifth place at 6-under thanks to his eagle on hole 11. 

Eubank had the best round in school history in a season opener while Neuheisel got a top 10 finish for his second time. 

Senior Hugo Townsend had five birdies in a row to push him towards a second-place tie at 5-under. However, he had an even-par 72 in the final round that put him in 11th place to finish. This was Townsend’s 21st finish in the top 25. 

The Broncos will be in action next in Boulder, Colorado, where they will compete in the Mark Simpson Invitational from Sept. 27-28. 

Women’s volleyball loses to Colorado State 3-0 (Sept. 23)

By Lexi Almeido

The Boise State women’s volleyball team fell to Colorado State in a three-set sweep on Sept. 23. The Broncos are now 0-12 against the Rams at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

Leading the team with 12 kills, junior outside hitter Lauren Ohlinger was the only Bronco to complete double-digit kills while hitting at .242 percent. Ohlinger also had three service aces, nine digs and scored a team best of 15 points for the Broncos. 

The Broncos led late in the second and third set but allowed the Rams to come back and take the three wins (25-22, 25-23, 25-22). 

Senior setter Dani Boss contributed 27 assists, nine digs, two kills, two service aces and one block assist. 

The team will take on the University of Wyoming on Sept. 25 and currently sits at 11-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play. 

Boise State cross-country teams place at the Bill Dellinger Invitational (Sept. 23)

By Desmond Ordonez

The Boise State men and women’s cross-country teams finished in fifth and in seventh place respectively at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Oregon, on Sept. 23. This meet featured many nationally ranked cross-country programs.

Bronco freshman Ahmed Ibrahim led the men’s team with a  sixth-place finish at a time of 23:30.2. Senior Logan Rees finished close behind him in 10th place with a time of 23:32.8. 

Aside from Ibrahim and Rees, the Broncos had three runners score. Seniors Jonathan Shields, Jack Leitch and Dario De Caro each finished in 24th, 33rd and 39th place respectively. 

The women’s team had a good outing as well. Junior Tyler Beling had a 27th-place finish, while senior Olivia Johnson took 30th. Beling and Johnson were first and second on the team to cross the finish line for the second consecutive race.

Senior Yukino Parle finished in 44th place, freshman Autumn Ost in 52nd place and junior Sailor Hutton in 72nd.

Boise State is now focusing on their next trip to Madison, Wisconsin, where they will participate in the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. 

The Broncos are no strangers to this course. In fact, they led the Mountain West teams who competed in this race in 2019 when the women carved out a seventh-place finish and the men 12th.

Boise State women’s soccer defeats UNLV 2-0 in first conference game of the season (Sept. 24)

By Adam Bridges

On Friday, Sept. 24, the Boise State women’s soccer team traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, to defeat the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) 2-0.

This game was the first conference opponent of this season. With this win, the Broncos move to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

“I thought that was our best all-around performance this season,” said head coach Jim Thomas. “I thought it was an impressive collective effort. Typically you only get groups of players that are plugged in together, but if you can get all 22 players to be that in tune with each other like we did tonight it can be so much fun.”

The first half was all defense as both teams prevented multiple scores.

The first goal of the game came in the 63rd minute of play as junior forward Keile Hansen passed the ball to an in-stride senior forward Dorian Goodwin who was able to place the ball in the top corner of the net.

The Broncos scored again in the 65th minute as freshman midfielder Kenzie MacMillian scored off a pass from redshirt freshman Sophie Drown.

The Boise State women’s soccer team was able to get their sixth shutout of the year by keeping UNLV scoreless with help from senior goalkeeper Sydney Smith. This was Smith’s 17th career shutout, tying with former Boise State women’s soccer player and current assistant coach Liz Ruiz for second all-time in program history.

The Broncos’ next game is against the Nevada Wolf Pack in Reno, Nevada, on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Women’s volleyball takes home a sweeping win against the University of Wyoming (Sept. 25)

By Ceirra Williams

The Boise State women’s volleyball team had a sweeping win on Sept. 25 against the University of Wyoming

Freshman outside hitter Jordan Miller led the Broncos to their win with a new career-high of 15 kills.

“Today’s win was an important bounce back from a poor performance Thursday night,” said head coach Shawn Garus, referring to the team’s loss against Colorado State. “[Junior libero] Allie Casillas and [sophomore libero] Jolei Akima did a really good job controlling serve receive against Wyoming, which gave [senior setter] Dani Boss lots of offensive options. Dani got Jordan [Miller] a lot of good balls early and she delivered. I’m happy for Jordan, she has been working really hard in practice.”

This win (25-21, 25-22, 25-19) took the Broncos to 12-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

The Broncos have a two-match game next week against San Jose State University on Sept. 30 and the University of Nevada Reno on Oct. 2. Both games will be held in the Bronco Gym.

Women’s soccer holds the Nevada Wolfpack to a no-scoring game (Sept. 26)

Boise State women's soccer, #13 Morgan Stone
[Boise State women’s soccer, #13 Morgan Stone]
Photo by Claire Keener | The Arbiter

By Lexi Almeido

Boise State women’s soccer held the University of Nevada Reno to a 0-0 draw on Sunday, Sept. 26

The Bronco offense was unable to break through the Wolfpack defense and put the ball past Nevada’s goalkeeper even with 21 shots on goal.

The defense was able to hold the Wolfpack to only three shots on goal and was able to clear the ball out of the box. 

The team will head back on the road to take on San Diego State on Oct. 1 and the University of New Mexico on Oct. 3.

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