Broncos Break Out in 4-1 Victory
Oct. 3, 2014
BRONCO WOMEN'S SOCCER
BOISE, Idaho- An offensive onslaught put Boise State women's soccer back in the win column Friday, against Colorado State. The Broncos won 4-1, including two goals from senior Shannon Schueren, to snap a five-match winless streak. Boise State (4-5-3, 1-2-0 MW) led 1-0 at halftime, but a penalty kick for the Rams (3-8-0, 1-2-0 MW) tied the match early in the second half. It was all Broncos after that, scoring three times in the final 31 minutes to secure their first Mountain West victory of the season.
Boise State's four-goal output doubles its total from the last five matches combined. The Broncos scored just two goals while going 0-4-1 the past two weeks. The team's last win was also a 4-1 decision, Sept. 7, against Idaho State.
"We put a lot of things together today," said head coach Jim Thomas. "There were great moments of possession, there were great moments of committing to attacking play and there was a passion and a work rate unlike what we've seen regularly on our team to win the ball back. It has definitely been a point of emphasis for us throughout the week and I'm proud of them for responding."
Schueren notched the final two tallies of the match, scoring in the 75th and 85th minutes. It is Schueren's second multi-goal game of her career. The senior midfielder also scored Sunday at Colorado College, marking the third time in her career she has scored in consecutive matches.
Brooke Heidemann got the Broncos on the board first in the 25th minute. Heidemann took control of the ball near midfield and dribbled toward goal before unleashing a shot from 30 yards out. She kept the ball low and angled it toward the left post. The shot took one hop near the six-yard box and spun past the diving goalkeeper.
"She has the green light for us," said Thomas. "There's not much she can't do. The thing for Brooke is to make sure she just lets the game come naturally to her. Today we wanted her to play herself into the game and she did a great job of that. Like most people will do, (Colorado State) backed off a great dribbler. In the offseason we talked long and hard about her needing to convert those when people back off of her."
Heidemann's fifth goal of the season tallied her first points in nearly a month as she has battled being the center of attention for opposing defenses. History said it would be the game-winning goal, as 19 of Colorado State's last 20 matches had ended with one side being shut out, including the first 10 matches of this season. That was not to be, however, as the Rams created a scoring opportunity in the 52nd minute. A counter attack yielded numbers in their favor and after a long ball played to the box, Colorado State looked to cross it back in front of goal. The pass was blocked by Hailey DeVries, but ruled to be a hand ball and the Rams were awarded a penalty kick.
Jami Vaughn converted the chance for Colorado State and the match was tied. Something had to give as Colorado State, a second-year program, had never earned a result when conceding the first goal in a match. The Rams entered with an all-time record of 0-20-0 when their opponent scored first. The Broncos, on the other hand, had not won a regular-season match after allowing a second-half equalizer since the second game of last season, against Creighton.
It did not take long to find out how the Broncos would respond. Freshman Dani Brown has flashed her speed and knack for creating dangerous opportunities at various points early in the season, despite being slowed by a lingering leg injury suffered in high school. In the 60th minute, Brown put it all together for the first time.
Brown was at the top of the Bronco attack with Kayla Tucker as Boise State won the ball back at midfield. Heidemann found a seam to get the ball to Schueren in the center of the field, who eventually passed ahead to Tucker at the top of the 18-yard box. Tucker drew both center backs and dished to Brown who was waiting just to the right. The freshman ripped a shot that was blocked by the defender scrambling to recover. Brown collected the rebound and took another shot, this time from 15 yards with her left foot, slipping it under the fingertips of keeper and into the back of the net. The first goal of her career would turn out to be the game winner.
"Dani is a true forward," said Thomas. "We have a ton of midfielders, wingers and converted players, but she is a forward. She's single-minded in that she wants to score a goal. She's just dangerous all the time. She has had a great couple of weeks coming back after the surgery (leg) went great, so we are excited to continue to see her get in the fold this season."
Schueren continued to be a playmaker for the Broncos, eventually creating scoring opportunities for herself. In the 75th minute she took control near midfield, turned toward goal with open space in front of her and laid a pass off to Tucker, but never stopped running to goal. Tucker gathered in a crowd of Rams and waited for Schueren to complete her run before leaving a pass in the box for her to take to the net. Schueren took one touch and it was just her and the goalie. She took her final touch from eight yards out and punched it in for a 3-1 Boise State lead.
"One of the things we've tried to do regardless of the situation is to combine levels together," said Thomas. "We allow our center backs to join, our outside backs to join, our midfielders to join beyond the forwards and our forwards to work back through layers. That creates a lot of confusion for a defender. Shannon is really, really good at coming from her spot as a deep-lying midfielder and timing her runs to where there is nobody left to mark her. When you pair her with a player like Tucker, who is very technically gifted and can evade tacklers, those combinations will be very dangerous. Shannon joining and combining the with likes of Brooke and Kayla will be a great recipe for us scoring goals."
Just 10 minutes later, Schueren was at it again. Kelsey Nicassio threw the ball in from about 25 yards up the left wing. Her toss sailed to the near corner of the box where Schueren innocently flicked it toward goal. As the touch made its way to the head of a Ram defender, Schueren peeled off her defender to get closer to the center of the box. The attempted clearance was headed softly into the air and Schueren waited under it. Before the ball could ever touch the ground, she volleyed a shot to the near post and snuck it right inside the frame for her fifth goal of the year, matching Heidemann for the team lead.
The Broncos played out the final five minutes of the match and came away with the 4-1 victory. Boise State has won both games in the series by a three-goal margin after a 3-0 victory last season at Colorado State. The Broncos scored three times in the second half of each match.
Janelle Flores played all 90 minutes in goal to earn her fourth win of the season. Flores made just one save, coming in the first half, as the Rams only took seven shots and put two on target. The Broncos took 18 shots in the match, including nine on goal.
Boise State returns to action Sunday, against Wyoming. Kickoff is scheduled for noon (MT) at the Boas Soccer Complex. Sunday is Facebook Fan Day, look for a special offer on the Boise State social media outlets.
Watch a replay of the game (interviews with Thomas and Schueren at the end)
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