The Broncos weren’t quite up to the challenge brought on by the defending champion Cougars and fell 15-3 on Friday night. This was a disappointment for BSU, who had expected a stronger performance.
On Saturday, BYU and the Clansmen of Simon Fraser squared off. After a hard-fought match, BYU again came out on top 14-10.
As Sunday came around, the results of the BSU/SFU match-up seemed predetermined. No Idaho team has ever defeated Simon Fraser. In fact, no Idaho team has really come close. Here are the results of the Broncos’ and Vandals’ games against Simon Fraser since 2006:
2011: 7-16, loss
2009: 1-18, loss
2008: 2-16, loss
2007: 7-22, loss
2006: 6-12, loss
2011: 8-31, loss
2009: 5-15, loss
2008: 7-14, loss
2007: 2-29, loss
2006: 8-19, loss
Suffice it to say, it hasn’t been pretty — a combined score of 192 to 53 in the Clansmens’ favor since 2006. After Fraser’s superior performance against BYU, it seemed likely that BSU was in for another drubbing on Sunday afternoon. And indeed that’s how it started out. Here’s the report from MCLA Fan.
“Sunday afternoon would pit #18 Simon Fraser against host Boise State in what would become a very intense 60 minutes of play. Fraser came into the game looking like they would take out the previous day’s woes on the Broncos, taking a 9-5 lead going into the half. Boise State would not roll over so easily though and came into the third quarter strong, cutting the lead to three and heading into the final quarter of play down 12-9.”
But then something happened that the ring did not intend:
“The fourth quarter was huge for the Broncos, who seemed to feed off the emotion of the crowd and continued to close the gap with the Clan. With under three minutes to play, Simon Fraser went man-down on a one-minute unreleasable conduct penalty that BSU would take full advantage of. Boise State would put two quick goals in to tie the game at 13 a piece, before taking the lead with just over two minutes left. Just as you thought BSU was going to take this one in regulation, SFU midfielder Iain Vickars was able to flick the ball past the Bronco defense during a ground ball scrum and tied the game with under :20 seconds left.
“The overtime period almost seemed to be over before it even started as a weary Fraser team looked rattled and a little nervous as they took the field. The upset-minded Boise State squad got off several shots at the goalkeeper before finally passing the ball to a sneaking Dolin Culver, who fired the ball past the SFU keeper, completing his hat trick for the game and clinching the upset for the Broncos.
“Boise State was led by Karson Fullmer (4 g, 1 a) with five points and Jeremy Bradburn (3 g, 1 a) and Dolin Culver (3 g, 1 a) with four points a piece and another outstanding performance in goal by Kevin Kaup with 19 saves on 33 shots. Simon Fraser was led by Calvin Craig (2 g, 2a) and Eric Ransom (3 g, 1 a) with four points a piece.”
For those of you who are familiar with the MCLA (and/or the PNCLL), you know that this is unbelievable. For those of you who are unfamiliar let me tell you, this is unbelievable.
It’s a signature win for the Broncos and puts them squarely in the driver’s seat of PNCLL D1-South for a return to the PNCLL playoffs. Congratulations are in order. Simon Fraser, on the other hand, must be devastated. After a disappointing 2011 campaign which failed to yield a trip to the national tournament for the first time in several years, Fraser certainly had hoped to start 2012 on the right foot. After a loss to BSU (currently ranked 54 by LaxPower, presumably after their win over SFU), the Clan have little choice but capture the PNCLL Championship or run the table on the rest of their season if they hope to snatch an at-large bid.
Anyone else amused at the irony of Boise State upsetting a nationally ranked contender to prematurely ruin their season? Anybody?
- Black + white = dramatic. (Photo courtesy of Shawn Carman.)