BOISE, Idaho (10/25/2010) - The Boise State soccer team has officially clinched a berth into next week’s Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Ruston, La., and will have the chance to defend its 2009 title. Only the top six teams in the final regular-season standings are invited to the championship, five berths have been clinched as of Sunday night. A series of things happened on Sunday to clear up the picture on qualification to next week’s conference tournament hosted by Louisiana Tech University. Among the event were the Broncos 1-0 defeat of Idaho in overtime yesterday followed by New Mexico State and Hawai’i drawing 2-2, the draw by Hawai’i clinched an invite to the party for Boise State.
This will be Boise State’s seventh trip in 10 years of membership to the WAC’s title event, it is also the fifth-consecutive trip. Last year the Broncos rolled off three consecutive victories to close the regular season to earn a bid to the tournament that was held at their own Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex. Boise State then ran off three-straight victories in the tournament with wins over Fresno State (2-1), Utah State (1-0) and Nevada (1-0) to claim the title. A stadium record crowd of 1,223 watch the Broncos defeat the Wolf Pack for the championship. Boise State is 4-5-1 all-time at the WAC Tournament.
Four other schools have also clinched bids to next week’s championship in Louisiana: San Jose State, Utah State, Idaho and Louisiana Tech. Boise State enters the final week of the regular season tied for first place with San Jose State at 4-1-1 in the league standings. If the Broncos get past Fresno State on Friday in Boise and San Jose State defeats Idaho in Moscow on Thursday it will set up a battle for the regular season championship on Sunday when the Broncos travel to San Jose to play the Spartans in the final match of the season.
WAC Standings(as of 10/25/2010)
W-L-T Pts W-L-T
Boise State* 4-1-1 13 7-8-2
San Jose State* 4-1-1 13 10-6-1
Utah State* 4-2-1 13 8-6-5
Idaho* 4-2-0 12 13-5-0
Louisiana Tech* 4-3-0 12 14-5-0
Fresno State 2-3-1 7 6-8-3
Hawai’i 1-3-2 5 3-12-3
New Mexico State 1-5-1 4 7-7-3
Nevada 1-5-1 4 6-9-3
* = Clinched WAC Tournament berth