Breaking Records and Taking Names: Boise State soccer success surges as regular season comes to a close

Photo by Claire Keener

Boise State soccer is breaking records and taking names.

The Broncos are coming off an overwhelmingly successful week in which two program records were broken. 

Head coach Jim Thomas notched his 112th win, breaking the record for most wins by a head coach in program history.

In the 2-1 win against Nevada, Thomas cemented his name in the Boise State record books as the winningest soccer head coach in the history of the program. 

Thomas’ success has been mounting for years now, with a steady climb to the top and recruiting of phenomenal athletes, Thomas’ success is no surprise.

“Glad that it’s over and we don’t need to talk about records anymore,” Thomas said. “Records can hang heavy on you until it’s broken but there’s so many people and players I get to share this with and so much support that goes with it.”

Despite breaking the record, Thomas’ eyes are on the prize: returning to the Mountain West championship.

“Whoever can operate the best in chaos this time of the year probably has the best chance at winning the whole thing,” Thomas said. “I thought we were absolutely fantastic in changing things at half-time, staying with a new game plan and staying together when it’s very easy to fall apart.”

Thomas’ success isn’t the only thing this program celebrates this last week. 

Senior goalkeeper Genevieve Crenshaw etched her name into the record books as one of the most successful Boise State goalkeepers. 

The 1-0 shutout against UNLV 1-0 on the road on Oct. 22, led to Crenshaw notching her 19th shutout of her Boise State career, the most in program history.

“I’m so pumped for Gen (Crenshaw) to now solely hold that record,” Thomas said of his star goalkeeper. “It’s going to be exciting to see what she does the rest of this season and next.”

The Broncos are coming off an absolute high of a week, with both Thomas’ and Crenshaw’s record breaking performances. 

The incredible performance from the team couldn’t come at a better time. The Broncos will wrap up regular season play and enter the Mountain West tournament with quite the momentum.

“Now it’s everything, isn’t it?” said Thomas. “There’s still going to be games going on for a chance at a championship and bye game at the tournament, so we need to now go home, rest and be ready for next week against Utah State.”

The Broncos currently hold a 10-2-6 overall record and 8-1-1 in conference play with a five game winning streak. 

The last game of the season will be hosted at the Boas Soccer Complex against Utah State on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. 

The Broncos will be led by their star players Crenshaw and Carly Cross as they head to Laramie, Wyoming, to kick off the first round of the Mountain West Championships on Oct. 29. 

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