Broncos and Aggies Finish in 1-1 Draw

Nov. 1, 2013

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LOGAN, Utah - The Boise State women's soccer team finished its regular season with a 1-1 draw against the Utah State Aggies. Redshirt freshman Kayla Tucker netted the Bronco goal in the 20th minute. The Broncos advance to 11-6-3 and 6-3-1in conference play, and will gear up for the Mountain West Tournament which begins Nov. 4 in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Broncos began the game building attacks from the back line. After the opening minutes, Boise State began to settle the ball and methodically attack. Redshirt freshman Kayla Tucker took a shot in the 20th minute which rebounded off the Aggie keeper. Tucker collected the rebound and found the first goal of the game and her fourth goal of the season.

"I thought our goal came against the run of play," said head coach Jim Thomas. "Utah State did a good job of keeping us out of possession in the beginning of the first half. They had a little bit of a better start, but we used our speed and found the goal. I think we finished the first half as the stronger team."

Boise State had numerous opportunities to find the second goal in the first half but couldn't find the back of the net. The Aggies leveled the game in the 44th minute off a free kick.

The Broncos came into the second half strong. Senior Katy Oehring had two shots on goal, but found the hands of the Utah State keeper each time. The Bronco defensive line made many key tackles, including Dominique Banks, Mikhaila Bowden and Hailey DeVries. Each defender dispossessed a Utah State one-on-one breakaway.

Redshirt junior keeper Maddy McDevitt made three saves for the night. The Edmonds, Wash., native made a key save in the second half, stopping a point-blank Utah State shot to the far post.

The Broncos commanded the first overtime period, not allowing the Aggies an opportunity to build an attack nor take a shot. After the scoreless first sudden victory period, the game proceeded to the second overtime.

In the second overtime period, the Broncos were awarded a free kick with 17 seconds remaining on the game clock. Senior Katy Oehring took the kick, but the Utah State keeper fell on the bouncing ball to secure the 1-1 draw.

"We made a mistake on the set piece which may have cost us the win," said Thomas. "It would have been nice to come off with the win, but to play four games in seven days against some of the top teams in our conference is a massive task to ask of our players. We battled lots of travel, the altitude and Utah State's senior game. Our players had a phenomenal attitude and I couldn't be more proud of their performance."

The Broncos move to 11-6-3 and 6-3-1 in conference play with 19 points. With today's draw, the Broncos edge out Utah State for a minimum fourth seed. The final Mountain West games tonight will determine the seeding for the conference tournament, beginning Nov. 4 in Albuquerque, N.M.

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