Oct. 13, 2013
Box ScoreFRESNO, Calif.
- The Boise State women's soccer team fell 2-1 this afternoon at Fresno State. Despite an early lead off a KT Clayton
goal, the Broncos allowed two Bulldog goals and couldn't find the equalizer.
The Broncos had momentum from the first whistle and kept possession early in the match. In the 10th minute, the Broncos took a corner kick and KT Clayton found the back of the net, giving Boise State an early lead on the road.
"We initially executed what we wanted to do," said head coach Jim Thomas. "We wanted to play very quickly and play a more advanced style of soccer. We controlled the game at the beginning of the match, and after we scored Fresno State became more of a direct team and had all of the momentum."
The Bulldogs quickly regrouped after conceding the early goal, and maintained momentum for the majority of the second half. Minutes before halftime, the Bulldogs found the equalizer to end the first half.
Fresno State found their second goal quickly into the second half, in the 47th minute. The Broncos tried to take control of the game and maintained possession, but couldn't find the back of the net to tie the game.
"Fresno State smashed it early," explained Thomas. "It definitely was a change for us coaches from a scouting aspect. Their momentum bowled us over, we give all credit to them. We were unable to make the adjustments we talked about at halftime in the first five minutes of the second half. Fresno State packed 11 players behind the ball, had clear tactics and we couldn't break that down. Regardless of having possession in the last part of the second half, we were constantly fighting for our style of game. We didn't create enough moments. We have a capable, skillful team and we need to create opportunities for ourselves. It's difficult to be amazing at this game, and it takes a will to grow and to develop as a group. Today, we settled on a goal which was unwise on our part."
Boise State moves to 8-5-2 and 3-2 in conference play. The Broncos will travel to Colorado State on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. MT.