Blaser's Double-Overtime Goal Lifts Broncos over New Mexico

Oct. 27, 2013

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BOISE, Idaho - On the day the Boise State women's soccer team honored its seniors, the team won 2-1 over the New Mexico Lobos on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Baylee Blaser scored the game-winning goal in the 108th minute to give the Broncos the victory and the team's first win over New Mexico in the history of the program. With the win, Boise State moves to 10-6-2 and 5-3 in conference play.

The Broncos controlled the majority of the first half and took eight shots to New Mexico's six. Redshirt freshman Kayla Tucker took a shot to the upper left side of the New Mexico goal, but the Lobo keeper made the save in the 26th minute. Neither team could find a goal in the first half of action.

Boise State came out in the second half strong, but had a momentary breakdown in the Bronco box. A New Mexico forward crossed the ball into the Boise State box, which deflected off a Bronco and into the net in the 50th minute.

"It was a funny game for us because Mikhaila Bowden has not put one foot wrong for us the entire year," explained head coach Jim Thomas. "For her to make an error like that it kind of put everybody off balance for a moment and into a situation we haven't been in; when we're looking to one of the pillars of our team and they're wobbling. Everyone rallied around her and supported her and there was no negativity which I think made the difference. When you can turn around and look at your teammates and know that even though I messed up, you have my back, that is a wonderful feeling."

The Broncos didn't let the momentary blunder phase them, as they responded and stormed up the field and earned a corner kick. Junior Mikhaila Bowden took the corner, and sophomore Brooke Heidemann found the back of the net off an assist from Katy Oehring in the 52nd minute. Heidemann's goal in the second half was her eighth goal of the season.

Boise State didn't let up after scoring the equalizer, constantly attacking and looking for the game-winner. Oehring blasted a shot to the upper left corner in the 67th minute, but the Lobo keeper punched the ball out to prevent the goal. The Broncos took 11 shots on goal to New Mexico's two in the second half, but still couldn't find the game-winner and the game proceeded to overtime and sudden victory.

After the first overtime remained scoreless, the Broncos started the second overtime looking for the win. Backed behind a loud, cheering crowd of over 600, Blaser took a shot off a rebound which went past the Lobo keeper for the sudden victory.

"There are no better wins than the ones you share together and you fight together for, and that's what we did today," said Thomas. "Senior day is a tough one because it's so emotional and everything is ending for that group. You want to represent them and work for them to show them how much you care, but you also want to keep them from boiling over with emotion and give them the ability to perform at their usual level. Emotion has been a theme for us over the past three or four weeks and we've done a lot of training on accessing it, controlling it and using it. It paid dividends today because the seniors tapped into their emotion. New Mexico is an amazing team and they are very well organized. They have an excellent way of making their opposing team get unorganized very quickly, they've won a ton of games and were also on a hot streak. We have never beaten New Mexico in our history, so for us to overcome all of those things, it's just the sweetest win."

The Broncos will play Air Force at home on Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. for a rescheduled match, then head to Utah State on Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. for its final game of the regular season.


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