Sophomore Rebe Wolverton was able to level the score at one apiece in the 57th minute after Cassie Black had scored for the Eagles in the 41st minute. The Portland, Ore., native was set up by fellow sophomore Katy Oehring who sent a cross into the box from the right corner. The ball ricocheted off a defender and fell to Wolverton who drove in a shot from inside six yards. The goal was her second of the season, the most of any Bronco this year.
"Rebe has done a great job," said Boise State Head Coach Steve Lucas. "I think she had a great summer and that's the key. I think spending the summer here, getting that fitness in and knowing what's coming up (has helped). She has been in the right spot at the right time and scored some goals so we are happy for that."
The Broncos controlled most of the second half and were looking to capitalize on the momentum after their first goal. They did just that in the 72nd minute on a goal from Lauren Hickok. The score was started by Bronco goalkeeper Liz Ruiz, who punted punted the ball over half field to the charging Hickok. Hickok got past the Eastern Washington back line and forced the Eagle goalkeeper to come off her line. The junior from Bozeman, Mont., eluded the goalie with a move to her right and scored on an open net from 12 yards out.
The Eagles had a 5-4 shots on goal edge over the Broncos throughout the game but could not find the back of the net in the second half thanks to Boise State's stingy back line and two saves from Ruiz.
Boise State moves to 1-2-0 after losses last weekend, while Eastern Washington (0-3-0) is still looking for its first win of the season.
The Broncos will take on the Gonzaga (1-2-0) for their second game of the tournament, Sunday at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs beat Air Force in their opening match, 2-1.
"We expect Gonzaga to run at us, they are definitely going to be a very athletic team," said Wolverton. "I think we can stay with them if we just play how we know we can play, just pass the ball around and make some connecting passes we can definitely give them a good game."