Boise State and Northern Colorado Play to Scoreless Draw in Soccer...
Murray named Classic MVP, Parks and Roberts make all-tournament team.
BOISE, Idaho (9/13/2009) - Boise State University's and the University of Northern Colorado's soccer teams battled for 110 minutes before settling on a scoreless draw in the final match of the Holiday Inn Classic Sunday afternoon in Boise. Both teams had their chances to win but came up short in the end as the two teams completed the weekend's competition with identical 1-0-1 records. Boise State's Jayne Murray was named the tournament MVP while she was joined by Erica Parks and Lindsay Roberts on the all-tournament team for the Broncos.
The Broncos outshot the Bears 23-to-eight on the day and nine-to-three in shots on goal. Northern Colorado's keeper Kirsten Salminen came up big for the Bears several times making key saves to preserve the tie. She stopped four Bronco shots on goal in the first half, three in the second, and two in overtime.
Meanwhile, Boise State's Jennifer Burns was rarely tested on the day but did deny the Bears on all three of their shots on goal. The first came in the second minute of play with the last two coming in the final overtime to preserve the draw for Boise State.
Boise State placed four shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes with Shannon Saxton (17th), Chelsea Robinson (20th) and Cheyenne Jones (29th) all being denied. On Robinson's shot the keeper had to stretch for the save touching the ball over the cross bar. Catherine Leewaye placed the final shot on goal in the 41st minute but came up short as the Bears' keeper turned it away to make it a 0-0 ball game at the half.
Boise State opened the second half with freshman Erica Parks taking a shot 20 seconds into the period only to see a defender block it.
In the 50th minute Jones fired from 15 yards out only to have her second on target shot denied by Salminen. However, the rebound fell back to Jones who volleyed it back at goal when it hit the right post and deflected out of trouble.
Kaylea Perenon nearly gave the Broncos the lead in the 76ht minute when she cranked a shot from distance on the left flank only to see Salminen stretch for the save touching the strike off the cross bar on out of bounds.
In overtime Boise State placed two shots on goal by Brianne Favatella and Parks. Favatella's shot was a header from six yards out that beat the keeper but was headed away from the goal line and over the cross bar by UNC's Danielle Birdsall.
In the second overtime Northern Colorado had shots on goal from Sydney VanDervelde and Brittani Knott only to see the Broncos Jennifer Burns deny both shots at the goal mouth.
Boise State placed several scoring opportunities just wide or high of goal throughout the day as the offense turned in another solid performance with 23 shots compare to eight for the Bears. On the weekend Boise State outshot their opponents 53-to-nine overall and 24-to-three in shots on goal.
Boise State's defense was key for the Broncos this weekend as they recorded back-to-back shutouts, the first two clean sheets of the season for the home side.
The draw gives Boise State a 4-3-1 overall mark on the season. Next up for the Broncos is the Soccer Etc.-Nike Invitational this coming weekend in Boise when they play North Dakota State University on Friday and the University of Wyoming Sunday. Northern Colorado moves to 3-2-1 on the year with the draw.
Holiday Inn Classic All-Tournament Team
Final Game Summary
Holiday Inn Classic (09/13/09 at Boise, Idaho)
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Shots: Northern Colorado 8, Boise State 23
Fourth match of Holiday Inn Classic
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