Broncos Down Air Force Falcons, 3-1

Oct. 30, 2013

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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State women's soccer team defeated the Air Force Falcons 3-1 on Wednesday morning. Senior Gabby Garcia and freshmen Kayla Tucker and Baylee Blaser each scored in the contest. With the win, the Broncos improve to 11-6-2 and 6-3 in conference play, and have recorded the most regular-season wins in the history of the program.

The Broncos started the game off slow, only taking five shots with three on goal in the first half. Boise State controlled the majority of the game in the first half, not allowing the Falcons a shot during the first 45 minutes of play.

"I think we passed the ball very well and controlled the game very well," said head coach Jim Thomas. "We possessed the ball brilliantly in all thirds of the field but the game had a little bit of a dead nature to it. With an early morning 11 a.m. game and a low fan count, the game lacked a little bit of incisiveness in the first half. We made adjustments at the half to fix it."

After halftime, Boise State came out strong for the second half. The Broncos started to find their attacking rhythm, and senior Gabby Garcia netted the first goal of the game in the 51st minute. Two minutes later, sophomore Brooke Heidemann found Kayla Tucker inside of the Falcon box, and Tucker found the inside post for the second goal of the game in the 53rd minute.

The Falcons didn't let up their offensive pressure and forced the Broncos into more of a defensive game for a few minutes. Air Force scored in the 67th minute to move the game to 2-1. The Broncos regrouped and controlled the game for the remaining twenty minutes.

"Substituting can be a tough balance," explained Thomas. "You want to control the game but it got a little wobbly in the second half. We allowed some other players to stay in the game to give some of the players rest who have to play on Friday."

Freshman Baylee Blaser found her third goal of the season and third goal of the game in the 89th minute. Heidemann beat the Falcon keeper, and Heidemann found Blaser with an open goal. Heidemann tallied her second assist of the game and has three assists for the season.

"One of the things you have to try to do is create your own momentum in the game," said Thomas. "You have to really make sure the tempo is set the way you want it to be set. And we did that with our defensive pressure. We were a little bit soft in the way we defended in the first half, so we made adjustments at halftime for the second half. We went to a more aggressive formation and playing style which forced Air Force to turn the ball over in their half more. That created more opportunities for us. But at the end of the day for the final home match, it's great to come away with the 3-1 win. It was a great home stand across the season and it's great to have this place as our fortress."

Boise State will head to Utah State on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. for its final game of the regular season.


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