BOISE, Idaho (9/4/2009) – The University of Montana rallied in the second half to defeat Boise State University 2-1 on the first day of the Governor’s Cup Friday afternoon in Boise, Idaho. After Shannon Saxton gave the Broncos the lead with a goal in the 24th minute only to see Montana rallied with scores in the 78th and 84th minutes to hand Boise State a defeat in their home opener.
Shannon Saxton put the Broncos on the scoreboard first in the 24th minute when she ran onto a through ball from Kaylea Perenon as she drove from the left flank into the box. Saxton recorded her second goal of the season when she knocked the ball past the keeper with a low shot inside the far post.
Boise State’s goalkeeper Liz Ruiz made to key stops moments later when Abby Grafft fired a long free kick at goal. The deflection fell to the Grizzlies’ Kaitlyn Heinsohn 16 yards out who sent it back at goal where Ruiz recovered in time to deny.
In the 29th minute Parks drove into the box for Boise State firing from 15 yards out directly at the Grizzlies’ keeper who deflected the shot. The rebound fell back at Parks who sent a second strike at goal but was once again denied.
The Second half saw Boise State drive into the Montana box in the 58th minute when Saxton fired a shot that was blocked. The deflection went to Parks who launched it back at the net from 18 yards out only to see goalkeeper recover to deny near post.
Montana tied the match in the 78th minute when Heinsohn won a 50-50 ball on left flank, then beat her defender and drove one-v-one versus Ruiz in goal scoring with a lob to far post from 18-yards.
The game-winner came when Heinsohn fired a shot from distance on the right wing that was saved by Ruiz. Unfortunately the ball rolled free where it was tapped into goal from 3 yards by Ashley Tombelaine in the 84th minute.
The loss drops Boise State to 2-3-0 on the year with a match with instate rival Idaho State University on the slate for 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The Bengals lost to the University of Idaho in today’ first match by a 2-1 score to drop to 2-3-0 overall, Idaho is 2-2-0.
Redshirt freshman Cat Leewaye saw her first action as a Bronco this afternoon after sitting out 2008 with an injury, while Nampa native freshman Erica Parks earned her first start as a Bronco.
Final Match Summary
Montana vs Boise State (Sep 04, 2009 at Boise, Idaho)
Second Match of Governor’s Cup
Montana (1-3-0) vs. Boise State (2-3-0)
Date: Sep 04, 2009 Attendance: 423
Weather: Sunny, 83 degrees
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Montana............. 0 2 - 2
Boise State......... 1 0 - 1
1. 23:39 BSU Saxton, Shannon (2) (Perenon, Kaylea) - Ran on to through ball. Scored from seven yards.
2. 77:47 UM Kaitlyn Heinsohn (1) (unassisted) - 1 on 1. Beat keeper from 18 yards.
3. 83:06 UM Ashley Tombelaine (1) (Kaitlyn Heinsohn) - Scored on rebound of keeper from 3-yds
Shots: Montana 9, Boise State 22
Shots on Goal: Montana 5, Boise State 9
Saves: Montana 8 (Grace Harris 8), Boise State 3 (Ruiz, Liz 3)