San Diego State Outlasts Boise State, Repeats As MW Tournament Champion
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – For just the second time in the history of the Mountain West, a women’s soccer team has won back-to-back regular season and tournament titles.
Top-seeded San Diego State fought off a late charge from No. 3 Boise State to claim a 1-0 victory on a picturesque late-fall afternoon on Nov. 9 at the UNM Soccer Complex, located on the grounds of the University of New Mexico. The Aztecs (13-6-2), who won the regular-season title, earned the Conference’s automatic bid into the 2013 NCAA College Cup tournament with the win. The Broncos end their year at 13-7-3.
"It's unbelievable, we had such an awesome season last year, in our record, and it looks so different than what this is,” said San Diego State head coach Mike Friesen, who has now won three MW Championship titles (2009, 2012-13). “This season has brought some special memories. I'm really proud of them and am excited about the next stage for us."
The Aztecs will find out who their opponent in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA tournament is when the bracket is released at 2:30 p.m. MT/1:30 p.m. PT on Monday, Nov. 11.
"It's been an unbelievable year for us, in terms of the start we had which was really difficult,” Friesen said. “We had a lot of adversity on the road. For us, it didn't start the way we wanted it to. Determination and the ability to play from behind in our record to being behind a couple times of Thursday just says a lot about this team's resiliency."
Tournament Most Valuable Player Hannah Keane scored the match’s lone goal in the 70th minute. After San Diego State senior defender Haley Palmer made a run into the Boise State zone and lost the ball in a collision with a Broncos defender, Keane, a junior forward, recovered the loose ball and slipped it past Boise State goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt to the near side.
Boise State made a few threatening runs down the stretch, but San Diego State sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Vaughn was up to the task and turned away all shots on goal. She finished the match with five saves.
"Incredible week for us,” Boise State head coach Jim Thomas said. “I am super proud of our kids and their ability to be brave and strong and stick together. When the game gets very difficult and you're very fatigued, you lean on the bonds of the family you have throughout the season. I thought we did a really good job of that.
“Props to San Diego. They found a way to get a goal and I think we all came in here knowing there would be one goal here or there that would sway this game. So, good luck to them in the postseason and again, I couldn't be more proud of my girls."
2013 MW Women’s Soccer Championship All-Tournament Team
Brooke Heidemann, So., MF, Boise State
Maddy McDevitt, Jr., GK, Boise State
Katy Oehring, Jr., MF, Boise State
Morgan Castain, Sr., F, Fresno State
Dani Rodrigues, So., MF, Fresno State
Victoria Barba, So., MF, San Diego State
Hannah Keane, Jr., F, San Diego State
Sophie Metz, Sr., MF, San Diego State
Melanie Vaughn, So., GK, San Diego State
Lexie Henrie, So., D, Utah State
Mari Miyashiro, Sr., F, Utah State
Tournament Most Valuable Player: Hannah Keane, Jr., F, San Diego State