Anteaters Victorious in OT
Aug. 28, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's soccer suffered another tough loss Sunday, in a 1-0 overtime defeat to UC Irvine. The Broncos (1-2-0) lost a pair of 1-0 matches over the weekend, Friday on a 90th-minute penalty and Sunday in the 96th minute. In a match filled with momentum swings and high-quality opportunities for both sides, it was a counter attack that proved the difference. "All credit to UC Irvine," said head coach Jim Thomas. "They go into double overtime Friday, and get a win. Come back, respond very well and go into overtime again. They showed a tremendous amount of heart. Ultimately in a game that was very, very close, they took advantage of one of our errors."

With the assist, Texeira tallied her fourth point of the weekend-- to go along with a goal and an assist Friday--and earned the tournament's Attacking MVP honor. The goal was already the fourth of the year for Palacios.

Boise State had a balanced offensive attack with seven different players each taking one shot. The Broncos put two shots on goal, one in each half. Janelle Flores made four saves in net, all coming in the second half.

"I thought we had enough moments to win the game," said Thomas. "We have to execute a little better in front of the goal. We gave up some really scary situations as well that we need to tidy up. Janelle is a formidable force that always keeps us in games."

Arguably the best moments for Boise State did not result in a shot. Twice in the second half the Broncos played long balls to Baylee Blaser with a head of steam at the top of the box. Each time UC Irvine goalkeeper Maddie Newsom came out to thwart the opportunity before Blaser could get a final touch toward goal.

"In the early part of the season, one part is right and you try to add another piece and add another piece," said Thomas. "Sometimes you let some of the good parts slip while you're adding the other good pieces. I thought there were massive improvements in certain areas of the game. We just seemed to have lost a little bit of the cut and thrust to what we're doing. We'll get back to work and we'll be ok."

Newsom went on to be named the tournament's Defensive MVP.

Boise State will hit the road for the first time this season when it travels to Oregon and Oregon State next week. The Broncos face the Ducks Friday, in a game that will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT. The weekend concludes Sunday, at Oregon State (1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT).

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