Broncos Down Wolfpack, 1-0

Sept. 29, 2013

RENO, Nev. - The Boise State women's soccer team blanked the Nevada Wolfpack on the road this afternoon, winning 1-0. Both teams were struggling to find a rhythm in the first half, battling swirling winds in Mackay Stadium. Freshman Kelli Drobney scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute.

Boise State attacked the Wolfpack goal hard in the final minutes of the game. Gabby Garcia and Ashley Hruby took shots on goal as the game-clock was winding down, but the Wolfpack keeper made the stops. Boise State later crossed a ball into the Nevada box and Drobney connected for the goal. The goal confused everyone, the referee initially called the goal offside and the Wolfpack keeper set up for a goal kick, but after the Broncos protested the referee acknowledged the goal.

Each team battled in the midfield with physical play, struggling to penetrate the defense to create attacking opportunities. Both Boise State and Nevada had one shot on goal in the first half. After halftime, both teams picked up the tempo and created more offensive opportunities. However, neither side could get a strong shot off.

Boise State goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt earned her seventh shutout of the season and the Broncos move to 1-1 in conference play. The Broncos return home after its long road stretch next weekend against Wyoming on Oct. 4 at 4 p. m. and Air Force on Oct. 6 at 12 p.m.

"We played fantastic soccer this weekend," said head coach Jim Thomas. "On friday against UNLV, a team with like-mindendess, that game was a good road lesson for us. The game showed us that playing well isn't guaranteed to win a soccer game. We had to learn about importance of moments and chances. and we learned that lesson today. Today's game was a very physical game, very muddy, and we haven't seen a game like this as of this year. To find a way to win this game and to deny them to score isn't so much our approach and game tactic. I'm arguably more excited about the win today than any other game this season. If we can find a way to win this game, then there is no way we can't win against anyone. With the physical nature of the game, it influenced our ability to do what we're accustomed to do. But consequently it left them vulnerable, and we made adjustments in the second half. We played in their half for the majority of the second half and reduced them to set pieces and corner kicks. It's another feather in your cap when you can play out of your environment. And that's the message our team is sending to our conference opponents. We're used to scoring technically and methodologically, but if we need to be scrappy and lay our bodies on balls to score goals, we will. Kelli Drobney scored a scrappy goal because nothing stops them to compete. I'm very happy with this win."

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