Soccer Opens With 2-0 Setback
Aug. 21, 2015

Final Stats

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Boise State women's soccer suffered a 2-0 loss at Samford Friday, in the season opener for both teams. The Broncos attempted eight shots, led by three from freshman Laura Buck.

"I'm really proud of the effort our squad put forth tonight," said head coach Jim Thomas. "We came up against a team who may have been a little more prepared than us, perhaps as a result of playing two exhibition matches. But we battled all game."

Janelle Flores made two saves, but allowed two second-half goals. Both instances saw a Samford attack slip behind the Bronco defense and beat Flores before putting a shot on an empty net.

Malcanisha Kelly scored the first goal of the match in the 47th minute. The insurance goal came in the 74th minute off the foot of Ella Baggett. Jermaine Seoposenwe assisted on both tallies.

"Hailey DeVries played great on the back line, said Thomas. "She kept us in the game on so many occasions and really brought a leadership to the field that we have seen all preseason. It was great to see that carry over."

The Broncos did not put a shot on goal. Samford attempted 13 shots, with four on target. The Bulldogs also led in corner kicks, 6-2.

"It was an eye opener for some of our group as to how quickly things can happen at this level," said Thomas. "It's a valuable lesson to learn, and all the better to learn it early."

Buck was one of four freshmen to start for the Broncos. She was joined in the starting 11 by classmates Addison Standlee, Michelle Reed and Eva Herrera.

"You can't really match the first-game nerves in practice," said Thomas. "As the game went on you could see things calibrate more for us. We got more of a foothold in the game late in the match. It was nice to see our guys go through the process of what we do and capture a little bit of control."

Boise State is now 8-9-1 all-time in season openers, including a 0-6-1 record when opening the season with a road match.

"We were fit," Thomas said. "We were prepared physically and mentally and the humidity and other sometimes-adverse conditions didn't play a factor. So we start to prepare for our next match knowing that the things which ailed us tonight can be fixed."

Boise State resumes its season-opening road trip Sunday, at Ole Miss. Kickoff is scheduled for noon CT/11 a.m. MT. It is the first match against an SEC opponent in program history.

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