Heidemann, Clayton Each Score Twice in Win
Sept. 7, 2014
BRONCO WOMEN'S SOCCER
BOISE, Idaho--Boise State put on a show for its fans Sunday, in the home opener, defeating in-state rival Idaho State 4-1. Brooke Heidemann and KT Clayton each scored twice, helping the Broncos sweep the weekend against their fellow in-state Division I programs. Heidemann also had an assist, giving her a career-high five points in the match.
"We talked a lot about the importance of winning the state during the offseason," said head coach Jim Thomas. "The fact that we got to follow through with it is big for us and bodes well for the rest of the season."
Coming off a 2-0 win at Idaho Friday, Boise State (3-1-2) had a quick turnaround to travel home and be ready for the Bengals, in the first home game of the season. Bronco fans came out in full support as 681 turned out, the highest-attended home game since the 2010 season opener, and the team matched their effort.
Idaho State (2-2-0) took the first two shots of the match, as both teams tried to find their footing in the first 14 minutes. The Broncos broke through less than a minute after the Bengals' second shot.
Hailey DeVries took possession deep in Boise State's own end and carried the ball to nearly midfield. Just before reaching the stripe, DeVries threaded a through pass down the center of the field as Heidemann broke away from Idaho State's back line. Heidemann traveled into the box with just the keeper to beat and slid a shot to the back of the net from 10 yards out. It was Heidemann's third goal of the year, but she was far from done.
Four minutes later Idaho State had taken three more shots and earned a corner kick. Still the Broncos felt in control. That was reflected in the score in the 19th minute when Clayton converted her first goal of the season off a cross from Heidemann.
Both teams jostled for the ball just outside the penalty box on the left wing in the Broncos' attacking third, before it found its way to Heidemann's feet. She dribbled in and delivered a strike across the box. Clayton flew in from the top of the box and slid toward the ball, connecting just enough for the ball to trickle inside the right post.
Boise State missed an opportunity to stretch the lead just before halftime. Kelli McCluskey was tripped in the box on a breakaway in the 44th minute to bring up a penalty kick. Shannon Schueren hit the penalty just high.
Bronco goalkeeper Janelle Flores kept the Bronco advantage at 2-0 heading to intermission by making five saves in the first half. Flores, a freshman, made five saves combined in the first three matches of her career.
The second half began with Boise State as the aggressor. The Broncos took three shots and had three corner kicks in the first seven minutes of the half. Idaho State quickly flipped the script, taking four shots and two corners in the next seven minutes.
Heidemann put an end to the Bengal pressure with a highlight-reel goal in the 61st minute. Kayla Tucker took the ball down the right wing and drilled a high cross toward the far post. The 5-foot-5 Heidemann soared over the top of the taller Bengal defenders and got her head to the ball. She sent it back across the mouth of the goal and inside the right post for her first-career multi-goal game.
"She does this stuff all the time in training," said Thomas. "We just want everyone to see it. When she out jumps a kid who has three or four inches on her, now you start to see some of that athleticism, obviously we saw it when she played goalie for us. A play like that is a testament to her technical development and pure athleticism."
Not to be outdone, Clayton picked up her second tally of the match eight minutes later. Kelsey Nicassio took the ball 40 yards from goal and switched fields. Nicassio spotted Clayton making a run from the left wing and left a pass for her to run on to, near the left corner of the box. Clayton reached the ball just before a defender and the goalie. She got her toe on the ball, poking it past the keeper and it rolled all the way to the net from 20 yards out.
It is the first time in nearly four years two Broncos have scored multiple goals in a match, and just the sixth time in program history. The last duo to accomplish the feat was Shannon Saxton and Cheyenne Jones, Oct. 8, 2010, against New Mexico State.
Four goals are the most Boise State has scored under Thomas, in his second year guiding the program. The Broncos are 13-0-0 under Thomas when scoring multiple goals.
Idaho State responded almost immediately. The Bengals scored just 13 seconds later, as a cross from the left wing found its way into the box and Madeline Gochnour punched it home past Flores who was sprawled out on the ground.
It was the first goal allowed by Flores, who started her career on a 295:20 shutout streak. That is the longest any Bronco keeper has gone without allowing a goal to start a career.
"It was good to go up 2-0," Thomas said, "but what was great was pushing it past that. We didn't stay at two goals like last game. A lot of the things we talked about after the Idaho game came to fruition today."
Boise State finished the game with 12 shots and put seven of them on frame. In the first half, the Broncos took just three shots--two goals and a missed penalty kick.
"We don't take a ton of shots," Thomas said. "We don't shoot until it's right. We were predatory in front of goal today, and that's what it looks like when we're on our game."
Idaho State took 19 shots in the match, placing nine on goal. Flores made eight saves for Boise State, the most by a Bronco since Maddy McDevitt also made eight stops Aug. 31, 2012, against Montana.
"I've talked about the importance of making the game reward you," Thomas said. "We've done that. If we can continue to do so through these next two weeks, we'll be in a great place going into the Mountain West."
Boise State is back in action Monday, Sept. 15, at home against Gonzaga. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. (MT).
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