Broncos, Vikings Play to 1-1 Draw
Aug. 24, 2014
BRONCO WOMEN'S SOCCER
HILLSBORO, Ore.-- Boise State scored first, but Portland State found a second-half equalizer as the teams played to a 1-1 draw Sunday, at Hillsboro Stadium. Senior Shannon Schueren netted her first goal of the season in the 43rd minute to give the Broncos a lead they would take into the half.
Portland State (1-0-1) answered in the 55th minute before the two teams played the next 55 minutes without a score. The Broncos (1-0-1) took 10 shots in the match and put three on target. The Vikings were able to put six of their 15 attempts on goal.
"It wasn't our best performance," said head coach Jim Thomas. "We were disjointed and could never really put anything together. But looking back at the game on film, we fought so hard. I was really, really proud of how hard they worked to continue to try and solve problems."
Schueren put the Broncos on the board just before halftime with a curling free kick off the keeper's outstretched hand. Three Broncos lined up on the ball placed about 10 yards from the end line and four yards outside the box on the left wing. After the first two attackers stepped over the ball and scampered away, Schueren launched a shot to the upper corner of the far post. As it bent for the post, it dropped just enough to sneak below the crossbar. Portland State goalkeeper Angela Haluska was able to get her left hand to the ball at the last moment, but could not keep it out of the net.
"That was a heck of a shot," said Thomas. "I think she went for the kind of delivery that if she slightly misses, it would be a cross. It had a lot of curl on it and the keeper couldn't do much about it. Last year she was somewhat in the shadow of Katy Oehring on set pieces. Now people will get to see what Shannon can do."
Schueren's goal is the 13th of her career and gives her 32 points as a Bronco. She moves into a three-way tie for eighth on the all-time goals list and is now tied for 10th in career points with former teammate Oehring.
"The goal we scored was a nice goal," said Thomas, "we left two or three out on the pitch though. Likewise, we gave up two or three situations that are uncharacteristic for us."
"You're constantly trying to grow," Thomas said, "and all you can ever ask of your players it to continually work through inevitable lulls. If you can do that, you can continue to get better. Looking back at the film, I think we played a lot better than it felt at the time and that's because we continued to fight."
Sophomore goalkeeper Bailey Anderson saw her first action of the season. She replaced starter Janelle Flores at halftime. Anderson's introduction to the 2014 campaign was abrupt. In the 55th minute, Portland State took a free kick from midfield. The kick was lofted to the front of the 18-yard box where one flick pushed it over the top and onto the foot of Ariana Cooley who poked it into the net.
Anderson made three saves and stopped a number of Viking threats late in regulation and overtime to help secure the draw. Flores faced two shots in the first half, both of which were on goal. They were the first two saves of the freshman's career after recording a shutout Friday, without seeing a shot on goal.
Thomas said Flores was pulled from the match for precautionary reasons after suffering an injury in pregame warmups.
"One of the biggest minuses for today was having Janelle go down," said Thomas. "She was a warrior in the first half to fight through it and play well for us, but it was apparent at halftime she couldn't go. At the same time, one of the biggest plusses was for Bailey to come in after being banged up herself and not being able to train the last week or so. She goes in and makes a couple of big-time saves for us. There was nothing she could do about the goal. That was a tracking issue on the set piece. You have to be thrilled for a kid who comes in and is able to perform that way with little training in the week leading up and almost no warmup before entering the match."
Boise State had one good look in each overtime period. During the first 10-minute period, Brooke Heidemann danced down the right side into the box and fed Baylee Blaser in the middle of the penalty area. Blaser put a shot on target, but Haluska made the save. In the 105th minute, Kayla Tucker blasted a shot from 20 yards out, but it sailed high.
In what was a physical match, Portland State was issued four yellow cards and called for nine fouls. The Broncos committed four fouls of their own. Each team took advantage of the resulting set pieces as both goals in the match were scored on free kicks.
"Portland State did a nice job of pressing throughout the game," said Thomas. "They are very athletic and used it well. We're starting to see how teams are going to attack us and try to solve us. Both teams this weekend played a 4-4-2 against us, which I didn't anticipate."
Senior defender Mikhaila Bowden played all 200 minutes on the weekend, moving her up to sixth place on the all-time minutes played list at Boise State. Bowden has been on the field for 5,959 minutes in the Blue and Orange. She will likely move into third place during the home opener (Sept. 7), and has a chance to be the all-time leader by the end of the season.
Bowden, Heidemann, Schueren and Tucker were named to the All-PSU Tournament Team. Heidemann was also named to the all-tournament team at the 2012 Viking Classic hosted by Portland State.
The Broncos are now 7-0-1 under Thomas when leading at the half and 3-2-4 in overtime matches.
Boise State returns to action next weekend with a pair of games in Utah. The Broncos will play at Utah Friday at 7:30 p.m. (MT). They will travel to Utah Valley for a Sunday afternoon match at 2 p.m. (MT). Utah Valley was also at the PSU Tournament this weekend, dropping a pair of 1-0 decisions.
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