CHENEY, Washington (9/8/2006) Freshman Kaylea Perenon scored the match-winner six minutes into overtime handing the Boise State Broncos a 4-3 extra time victory over the Eastern Washington Eagles Friday afternoon in Cheney, Washington. The match turned out to be a physical contest that tested the athletes’ patience as the Broncos cruised to a 3-1 halftime lead. The second half saw a series of strange things happened as Boise State watched a two-goal halftime lead evaporate by the end of regulation.
The match was rough from the kick-off as the two squads tested each other. The Broncos’ Hall tested the EWU keeper, Tiera Como, in the 6th minute on a drive into the 18-yard box from the right side and fired a shot that was touched wide right by Como.
Eastern quickly launched a counter attack that saw them drive into the Bronco box beating one defender and Kim Parker in goal. They Eagle attacker shot at goal only to see Boise State junior Melanie Bohnet get in position to clear the shot off the goal line for the save.
Less than two minutes later in the 8th minute Eastern Washington had a goal nullified do to an offsides call. The Eagles regained control of the ball one minute later and drove down field where they crossed the ball into the 18-yard box. Parker cut the cross off by clearing it out top. Unfortunately, EWU’s Abby Jensen ran onto the clearance only to send a shot wide right of goal.
The Broncos stepped up the pressure after that. Junior Katie Keller attacked down the center of the field and watched as her shot from 18 yards out was touched wide of net by the goalie Como in the 12th minute. However, ensuing corner kick the ball was deflected away from goal by the keeper to the top of the box. Junior Nicole Tadman was at the right place at the right time as the ball fell directly into her path. She setup and fired the ball from 20 yards out that sailed into goal for the initial strike of the match.
Down by one Eastern pulled even 55 seconds later when Brittney Sparks stole a bad Bronco pass and drove one-v-one on Kim Parker in Boise State’s goal. As Parker charged Sparks, the Eagle forward sent a shot past the Bronco keeper and into the goal from 15 yards out in the 14th minute.
After a Randi Baker near miss, the Broncos regained the lead in the 24th minute when Brennan Lau attacked down the left flank. As she drove the senior from Boise sent a cross through to Keller in the center of the box. Keller then volleyed the ball past the keeper into the left side of goal for the 2-1 lead.
Boise State then watch a shot by Lau head towards goal only to see it saved by defender Nicole Deshazo. Keller followed with another shot at goal that was touched wide by EWU’s Como in the 40th minute.
Then 33 seconds later Eastern fouled Lau about 25 yards out on the high left side of goal. Keller stepped up and sent the direct kick over the wall and curved it away from the keeper into the upper left (near post) corner of goal for a 3-1 Boise State advantage with 3:11 left in the first period.
Following the intermission things turned weird for the Broncos. The Eagles continued to beat-up on the Boise State players who remained in control of the match for the first 34 minutes of the half. Boise State had to deal with the aggressive nature of the match which the official allowed.
Unfortunately, a series of fluke plays cost the Broncos in the final 15 minutes of regulation. Eastern Washington scored two goals in a two minute time span that caught the Broncos off guard as they watched their lead evaporate with 13 minutes to left on the match clock.
The first event occurred in the 74th minute when a Bronco defender cleared a long ball by Eastern only to see her clearance deflected off the back of a teammate and sail back over the Boise State defensive line. That is when the Eagles’ Melissa Guthrie ran onto the ball and sent a rocket towards the Boise State goal. Michaela Morrison, the second half starter in goal, was unable to handle the shot as she watch the ball bounce off her hands and fly into the Bronco net.
Guthrie struck again two minutes later when the Boise State defense lost the ball near the center stripe on a deflection once again. This time Eastern’s Lillian Bourret corralled the loose ball and played a through ball to a breaking Guthrie. The attacker drove towards goal and shot a low roller into the left corner of goal knotting the match at three all with 12:17 to play.
The Broncos responded with a new intensity and sense of urgency. They saw a shot from 17 yards sailed wide right in the 13th minute. Followed by a Baker shot from 12 yards that was blocked to the right of the net by the keeper Como. Boise State’s Danielle Schwalbe ran onto the loose ball and sent a shot towards goal that was blocked and cleared by a defender in the 11th minute.
Schwalbe had another opportunity in the 88th minute when she drove into the center of the Eagle 18-yard box. She shot straight on from 16 yards only to be denied by Como. She had a second chance with 49 seconds left when the ball was sent over the top by Bohnet to the center of the EWU penalty box. Schwalbe, a freshman from Boise’s Borah High, touched the ball towards goal but not with enough forced to get past Como. Neither team managed to get a shot off in the final seconds after the Schwalbe chance as the time ran out with the score tied at 3-3.
The score and adversity the Broncos faced in regulation fired the Broncos up for the first overtime period. Boise State denied Eastern any shots at their own goal in extra time and allowed the Eagles to cross the center field stripe twice. Both times the ball was stolen by Bronco defenders and sent back into the EWU defensive half.
With the match tied with a little more than four minutes left in the first overtime Boise State sophomore Meredith Mangum stole the ball at center field and lobbed a high pass down the center directly into the path of freshman Kaylea Perenon. The Oakland, California native drove a few yards then sent a bomb over the outstretched hands of EWU’s Como and just under the crossbar for the decisive and sudden-victory goal for the Broncos.
The win completes a two match sweep of this week’s competition and improves them to 4-1-0 overall on the season. They will be back in action next weekend when they participate in the University of Nevada’s tournament against UC-Davis on Friday and Wyoming on Sunday.