Strong Second Half Not Enough
Sept. 4, 2016

Final Stats

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Boise State women’s soccer mounted a furious second half attack, but could not overcome an early deficit in a 2-1 loss Sunday, at Oregon State. Baylee Blaser’s 83rd-minute goal was the only breakthrough for the Broncos (1-4-0), despite outshooting the Beavers (2-1-2) 10-4 in the second half.

Oregon State scored in the 16th minute— the first time the Broncos surrendered a first-half goal this season— and again in the 76th to take a 2-0 lead. The Beavers’ first goal came via a wide cross to a header at the far post.

Boise State was the aggressor the entire second half as the Beavers did not take a shot for nearly the first 30 minutes of the half. In the 76th minute Oregon State’s Natalie Higgins found herself in possession in the attacking third. Higgins dribbled down the right side of the box, worked back to the top of the box, wheeled around and fired a shot that squeaked under the crossbar for the eventual game winner.

Blaser’s goal developed out of a free kick. Raimee Sherle had a straight run at goal but was tripped from behind a step outside the box. The foul resulted in a yellow card and Boise State’s best opportunity of the day. Sarah Taylor took the free kick and slipped a short pass across the top of the box to Blaser. The junior took one touch and fired a shot at the near post for her first goal of the season.

The Broncos pressed up the field for the final seven minutes in search of the equalizer, but could not find the back of the net again.

Boise State returns to action Friday, at Montana. Next weekend features a split schedule, concluding with a Sunday match at home against Idaho.

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