BOISE, Idaho -
The Boise State women's soccer team (7-10-1, 2-4) fell to New Mexico (9-4-4, 3-0-2) by a score of 2-0 in its conference finale, Sunday.
Both teams were able to control the ball in the first half, trading possessions and working into the opponent's defensive third. New Mexico was able to put pressure on the Broncos late in the half, tallying a 10-2 shot advantage, and put away one of its attempts in the 41st minute.
Natalie Jenks scored the Lobo goal off a Rachel Montoya cross from the left corner. Jenks met the ball in the middle of the box, four yards from the goal and put the shot past the Bronco defense and into the net.
Boise State came out looking to notch the game up in the second half as Kati Lucas fired a shot in the 50th minute that went over the New Mexico keeper's raised hand but bounced off the crossbar.
"We did a good job the first 10 minutes of the second half and we hit the crossbar in that amount of time," said head coach Steve Lucas. "If that goes in maybe it's a different game."
Playing a goal ahead, the Lobos continued attacking the Broncos, forcing five corner kicks and taking 10 shots in the second half.
The Lobos' leading scorer, Jennifer Williams added one more to the New Mexico total, scoring in the 86th minute to put Boise State away. Williams received a through ball from Shelbie Luna and forced goalie Liz Ruiz off her line. With the keeper out, Williams side-stepped to her left and fired a shot from 18 yards out for the team's second goal.
Even with the loss, Sunday, Boise State can still make the post-season tournament with a loss or tie from TCU or Air Force, next weekend.
The Broncos will prepare for their rivalry game against Idaho, Saturday at noon. The match will mark the last in the career of six seniors who will be honored before the game. The winner of Saturday's match will also take home the Governor's Cup, as both teams have beaten Idaho State earlier in the season.
"We take great pride in senior day," Lucas said. "Our program has done that since day one. We're going to prepare for this one like any other game and look to get a win. If we're lucky enough to get into the tournament, that starts the next week, so this week is about getting ready for Idaho."