Broncos Tie Cougars In Double Overtime

Sep 5, 2013

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State Broncos hosted the Washington State Cougars at Boas Soccer Complex Thursday night. The game started late due to a weather delay, which temporarily forced the teams inside. Play resumed for fifteen minutes and Washington State controlled the game, until lightning again delayed the game, this time for a half hour.

The Broncos hosted the Cougars looking to avenge the 6-0 Washington State shutout last season. Once both teams got into a rhythm after the second delay, Boise State controlled most of the game from the defensive line. Both coaches agreed on shortened breaks between halftime and between overtime periods in order to finish the game.

"I was mocked by my peers for using night balls," laughed head coach Jim Thomas. "We have bright yellow balls that almost glow in the dark, and I've been telling my peers, `wait until we get to our 5 p.m. game!' So having those high-visibility balls helped us as the sun was setting. The only hard part, which I'm sure was hard for Washington State as well, was that it's really hard to see the ball when it's moving at a high velocity. But we had great opportunities to score at the end of the first half and in the second overtime. It was a little bit difficult in the dark but I think we are happy on both sides we don't have to reschedule the match."

Each team traded dangerous attacks on the opposing goal, and each defense stopped promising attacks. Junior Mikhaila Bowden dominated the back line, winning many headers and clearing attacks from each flank.

The draw with Washington State today and last week's win over Washington gave the Broncos their first points over Pac-12 schools in the history of the program. Boise State moves to 2-2-1 this season.

"Washington State is a great team," said Thomas. "Any time you get a chance to play a Pac-12 competitor you are in the upper echelon of Division I soccer. For us to find a way to compete against Washington last week and Washington State days later is a great achievement. It is still a learning process for us because we don't play against a Pac-12 level every week.

The Broncos will host Weber State tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Boas Soccer Complex.

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