Sept. 6, 2015
POCATELLO, Idaho - Boise State women's soccer took 27 shots and put 14 on goal, but settled for a 1-1 tie Sunday, at Idaho State. Baylee Blaser scored in the 22nd minute off an assist from Kayla Tucker. Boise State's next 13 shots on goal were stopped by Idaho State goalkeeper Sheridan Hapsic.
The Bengals (1-4-1) evened the score on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute. Maria Sanchez converted the opportunity after Boise State (1-3-1) was whistled for a foul in the box.
The match was marked by physical play with Idaho State being called for 16 fouls and the Broncos drawing eight. The Bengals were given three yellow cards in addition to ISU head coach Allison Gibson being shown red as the first half expired.
Blaser's goal is her first since 2013, when she scored three times as a freshman. She played in four matches last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Sunday was also Blaser's first start of the season. Tucker tallied her first assist of the season. It is the ninth of her career, moving the redshirt junior into a tie for seventh in school history.
Boise State outshot Idaho State 27-21 and held a 14-6 advantage in shots on goal. The 14 shots on target are tied for the 10th-most in school history and came after Boise State had eight total shots on goal through four matches. The last time a Bronco team had more shots on goal in a match was 2007. Hapsic's 13 saves are the most by a Bronco opponent since 2002.
Janelle Flores was also strong in front of the Boise State net. Flores made five saves, including four after halftime. She even got to the penalty kick, but after deflecting off of Flores the ball trickled inside the right post.
The Broncos pressed the entire second half, putting nine shots on goal. They controlled the final stages of regulation, putting three shots on net and earning a corner kick in the final four minutes but to no avail.
Each team had chances in the extra periods. Boise State took seven shots, but came no closer than hitting the crossbar. Flores was forced to make one save on Idaho State's three shots in overtime. The draw is the first result Boise State has earned in Pocatello since 2002. The Broncos lost in their previous four trips to the southern in-state rival.
Boise State returns home for its next two matches. The Broncos host Utah Friday, at 4 p.m., before welcoming Weber State Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The match with the Utes marks the second home game against a Pacific-12 Conference opponent this season, a first in school history.