Bronco Soccer falls to Oregon 3-0 in Reno,Nevada...
RENO, Nevada (9/2/2007) Oregon scored three unanswered goals in the second half to blow a defensive battle open as they handed Boise State a 3-0 defeat in Reno, Nevada. Oregon recorded their first goal 20 seconds into the second period to grab momentum and never looked back. The loss was the first of the young season for the Broncos as they left Reno with a 1-1-0 overall record after defeating Portland State 3-0 on Friday.
The Broncos were on their heals most of the match as they were forced to play defense throughout as the Ducks continually pushed forward. New day, new match, means a new story on this day. After dominating on Friday over Portland State, Boise State was presented a stronger challenge by Oregon who dominated the second half today.
The first half was a defensive struggle with the Ducks having the larger share of opportunities. Oregon managed to get behind the Bronco backline on several occasions during the opening period only to be denied by Jennifer Burns in the Boise State goal or watched their shots sail wide of target.
In the 28th minute Burns came up large for Boise State when Oregon’s Teresa Bowns broke free for a one-v-one with the Bronco keeper. Burns smothered the first shot eight yards out from goal but failed to hold onto the ball as it roll to her left. Bowns tried to poke the rebound past Burns only to see the Boise State sophomore from Capital High recovered to deny the Ducks a go ahead strike.
Boise State had chances in the first period but failed to convert them into goals. Erin Wofford had the first opportunity in the fourth minute but the attempt sailed high over the bar from 16 yards out. Shannon Saxton had a one-v-one with the Oregon keeper in the 39th minute. The freshman beat the charging keeper only to see her shot roll wide left of the far post.
Kaylea Perenon had the only Bronco shot on goal in the half. With less than a minute to go she launched a long shot from 30-yards out that went straight to the keeper for the save. The first half ended in a scoreless draw with Oregon holding a four-to-one advantage in shots on goal.
Oregon opened the second half with a quick goal in the first minute. The Ducks’ attacked down the center of the field when Jen Stoltenberg touched the ball between the defense to Tiffany Smith. Smith then fired the scoring strike from the top of the box toward the left post for the first score of the match.
Up one, the Ducks extended their lead in the 62nd minute. Oregon’s Jill Jensen raced down the left sideline then beat her marking defender as she turned towards the box. Once free, Jensen sent a cross directly into the path of Allison Newton making a run. Newton was unmarked in the center where she fired the scoring shot from 16-yards out to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead with 28 minutes left on the clock.
The Ducks continued to pressure the Broncos forcing the action into the Boise State defensive third. In the 70th minute Oregon’s Danielle Sweeney ran past the Bronco defense and onto the ball. As she drove into the Boise State box a Bronco defender tried to recover but tackled the attacking Duck setting up a penalty kick opportunity for Oregon. Sweeney took the kick sending it to the left side of goal just under a diving Burns. The score gave the Ducks an insurance goal and a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Boise State had two solid chances to score late in the match but came up short. The first was by Shannon Saxton in the 78th minute when she beat her defender to race unmarked into the Duck 18-yard box. She fired a shot from 15-yards out only to have it denied by the Ducks’ charging keeper Jessie Chatfield.
The last opportunity came with 41 seconds left. Saxton attacked down the right sideline and into the Oregon penalty box. As she drove towards goal the keeper raced out and tackled her in the box to setup a Boise State penalty kick. Senior Erin Wofford stepped up to take the kick. On the kick the keeper dove to her left while Wofford sent the shot to the keeper’s right. Unfortunately, Wofford and her teammates watched the ball roll just wide of the left post and over the baseline.
On the day, Oregon held the advantage in shots on goal seven-to-two, three-to-one in the second half. There were only three corner kicks in the match with the Broncos taking one of those opportunities. Burns recorded four saves on the day compared to Oregon’s Chatfield with two.
The loss drops Boise State to 1-1-0 on the year while Oregon, ranked #19 by SoccerBuzz Magazine, improved to 2-0-0, which includes a 1-0 win over Nevada on Friday. Next up for Boise State is the Governor’s Cup in Pocatello next weekend. They open with instate rival Idaho State on Friday followed by Southern Utah on Sunday. Both matches will be at Davis Field on the ISU campus.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Boise State vs Oregon (Sep 02, 2007 at Reno, Nev.)
Boise State (1-1) vs. Oregon (2-0)
Date: Sep 02, 2007 Attendance: 107
Weather: 82 degrees, sunny
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Boise State......... 0 0 - 0
Oregon.............. 0 3 - 3
1. 45:42 ORE Smith, Tiffany (Jen Stoltenberg)
2. 61:28 ORE Newton, Allison (Jill Jensen)
3. 70:18 ORE Sweeney, Danielle Penalty kick
Shots: Boise State 6, Oregon 13
Shots on goal: Boise State 2, Oregon 7
Saves: Boise State 4 (Burns, Jennifer 4), Oregon 2 (Chatfield, Jessie 2)
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