Sept. 4, 2015
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BOISE, Idaho -
Boise State and Idaho combined for 27 shots but Bronco freshman Michelle Reed was the only one to find the back of the net, lifting Boise State to its first win of the season Friday, at Boas Soccer Complex. It was the second goal of the season for Reed who is the first player to score the first two goals of a season for the Broncos since 1999 and the first freshman to do so in school history.
Possession swayed back and forth time and time again, but midway through the second half momentum was on the Boise State side. A couple of stout defensive plays by Jessie Vogel and Hailey DeVries allowed the Broncos (1-3-0) to push forward. In the 60th minute, chaos broke loose as Boise State attackers sent multiple crosses into the box only to have Idaho barely nudge it out of harm's way.
Finally, a softly headed ball settled in the box at the feet of Reed. With Vandals on all sides, Reed wheeled around from 12 yards and delivered a laser across the goal and into the back of the net.
"It's tough when you're 0-3 and playing against a well-coached team," said head coach Jim Thomas. "Idaho has a great idea of what they want to do in special situations and they mix systems, which put a lot of pressure on us. You know that the goal that is going to come along- if one ever does- is going to be a difficult one, a scrappy one. To see a freshman find their way onto the ball and put it away with such prowess bodes well for us. If we can have young players be that hungry, around the ball and that mentally into it, we'll be alright."
The Broncos outshot the Vandals 16-11, but Idaho was just as dangerous with a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal. The visitors put serious pressure on the Boise State defense at the start and end of each half. Janelle Flores was up to the challenge in net.
Flores made a season-high six saves. Her biggest came in the 25th minute. Idaho forced a turnover in its attacking third and marched forward with a two-on-one advantage. A slip pass into the box left Flores all alone with Kayla Watanabe. The Bronco keeper flew out and as Watanabe lined up for a 15-yard strike, Flores sacrificed her body to make a sliding save, deflecting the hard shot beyond the end line.
Flores made four saves in the second half and orchestrated the Boise State back line during a 15-minute stretch of consistent pressure from the Vandals to end the match.
Boise State heads to Idaho State for a Sunday match, to wrap up the weekend. The Broncos and Bengals kick off at 1 p.m. (MT). Boise State has not won in Pocatello since 2002.
"It's another in-state rivalry and I don't know that it will be much different than the type of match we saw today. It may be a different style, and it's away from home so we won't have the crowd, but we're going to get the best version of the Bengals."