2014 Season in Review
Dec. 29, 2014

2014 Team Awards
  • Team MVP: Mikhaila Bowden
  • Offensive MVP: Brooke Heidemann
  • Defensive MVP: Mikhaila Bowden
  • 12th Woman: Sarah Taylor
  • Rookie of the Year: Janelle Flores
  • Top Bronco: Mikhaila Bowden/Sarah Taylor
2014 Individual Awards & Honors
  • Mikhaila Bowden
    All-Mountain West First Team
    CollegeSportsMadness.com All-MW First Team
    MW Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 27)
    All-PSU Tournament Team
    Rated No. 9 player in the MW by Top Drawer Soccer
    CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-MW First Team
  • Janelle Flores
    Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week (Aug. 25)
    Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 3)
    Shutout streak of 433:42 (second-longest in school history)
  • Brooke Heidemann
    All-Mountain West First Team
    CollegeSportsMadness.com All-MW First Team
    NSCAA National Player of the Week (Sept. 9)
    MW Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 8)
    All-PSU Tournament Team
    Rated No. 14 player in the MW by Top Drawer Soccer
    CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-MW First Team
  • Shannon Schueren
    All-PSU Tournament Team
  • Kayla Tucker
    CollegeSportsMadness.com All-MW Second Team
    All-PSU Tournament Team
    CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-MW Second Team

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Boise State women's soccer finished the 2014 regular season on a four-game winning streak to earn the final seed in the Mountain West Championship. The Broncos went on to suffer a 2-1 loss to New Mexico in the opening round of the tournament, falling victim to an 88th-minute goal.

The chance to play for a tournament title was set up by one of the most impressive runs in program history. After losing at New Mexico 1-0 Oct. 17, the Broncos were 2-5-0 in MW play and one of four teams tied for eighth place. Next on the schedule was a road game against San Diego State. The Aztecs- ranked No. 21 in one national poll and receiving votes in another- sat atop the standings at 7-0-0 and had lost just once at home since 2008.

That lone loss was at the hands of the Broncos (Oct. 16, 2011). If Boise State was going to climb back in contention for a spot in the tournament, it would need to rekindle that magic. The Broncos found the recipe almost immediately. Kelli Drobney scored in the seventh minute on an assist from Shannon Schueren and the Broncos were in a business. KT Clayton scored in the 86th in support of freshman goalkeeper Janelle Flores as the Broncos came away with a 2-0 win that set the tone for the rest of the season.

Flores and senior defender Mikhaila Bowden combined to become the most dominating defensive force in the conference when Boise State needed it most. Junior midfielder Brooke Heidemann continued to shine offensively, while freshman Dani Brown emerged as a lethal force in the box.

The Broncos came home to defeat Nevada 2-0, getting a pair of second-half goals in a span of six minutes. Brown with the winner on a rebound and Heidemann with a spectacular free kick to put the match away.

Boise State went back on the road and came away with yet another 2-0 win at UNLV. Madi Campbell headed in the first goal of her career off a cross from Kayla Tucker for the eventual game winner. Tucker added one of her own int he second half to ensure victory. Campbell's goal was voted Offensive Play of the Year at the year-end banquet. Meanwhile, Flores made five more saves to extend her shutout streak.

The freshman keeper would be up to the challenge again on an emotional senior day at Boas Soccer Complex against Utah State. Boise State had evened its conference record at 5-5-0, but still needed one more win to ascend to sixth place and claim the final spot in the conference tournament. The Aggies were already in at 6-3-1, but seeding was on the line.

Flores made four saves in the first half as Boise State's offense searched for good shots against a stingy Utah State back line. Finally in the 68th minute there was a chance. Tucker broke away from the Aggies and found none other than Brown streaking down the center of the field. Tucker slipped a pass across and Brown took one touch to move the ball inside before firing from 20 yards and past the outstretched keeper.

The single tally proved to be enough as Flores ran her shutout streak to more than 400 minutes. Brown's goal was her third of the season, all three were game winners in conference play. She would add her fourth of the year in the MW Tournament.

It was a fitting way to send off two of the most decorated seniors in program history. Bowden broke school records for minutes played and matches started in her career. Schueren finished her tenure ranking No. 3 in career points (41) and goals (17). Her six game-winning goals rank fifth in program lore.

Despite seeing the season come to an end in heartbreaking fashion, the momentum built over the final two weeks of conference play provide a glimpse at the possibilities and excitement on the horizon. With nine starters expected to return and a young crop of developing talent who saw their roles increase late in the year, Thomas and the Broncos have their sights set on a strong offseason.

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