Boise State soccer claims 2-1 road victory at Montana...

Senior Emma Boyack scored the match-winner for Broncos.

MISSOULA, Mont. (9/28/08) The Boise State University soccer team scored two second half goals to defeat the University of Montana 2-1 on the road in Missoula, Mont., Sunday afternoon. Freshman Molly Hill scored the Broncos first goal in the 49th minute. Then after Montana had tied the score on a 73rd minute penalty kick, senior Emma Boyack rallied Boise State with the match-winner in the 77th.

The first half was a defensive battle as neither team managed to beat the opponent’s keeper for a goal. Boise State had more opportunities in the opening 45 minutes outshooting Montana 11-to-two and two-to-zero in shots on goal but failed to get one across the goal line. Both Malia Hendrix and Ashley Walsh placed shots on target but were denied by the Montana keeper Grace Harris. The two teams went into the intermission knotted in a scoreless draw.

Boise State came out of the halftime fast placing three shots on goal in the first four minutes to open the second period. The third shot broke the scoreless draw putting the Broncos ahead. The first of two Bronco scores in the final 45 minutes came when freshman Molly Hill won a 50/50 high ball inside the Grizzly box. After coming down with the ball, Hill found herself behind the defense where she turned and fired a shot across the box beating the keeper to the far left post giving the visitors a 1-0 lead at the 48:38 mark in the match. It was Hill’s first career goal as a Bronco.

The Bronco defense held firm throughout the match holding Montana to just five shots in the contest and only two on goal. Down one, the first Grizzly shot on target came 70 seconds after Hill’s goal in a quick Montana counterattack. Montana’s Teresa Huemann drove into the 18-yard box where she fired a shot at the Boise State goal only to see Jennifer Burns, goalie, deny the score and preserve the Bronco one goal advantage in the 50th minute.

The second came on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute in which Montana converted into its lone goal of the contest. Senior Sara Campbell took the kick sending the shot low and to the right of the Broncos’ Burns to even the score.

Less the four minutes later the Broncos rallied to regain their one-goal lead in the 77th minute. Boise State attacked down field with senior Emma Boyack leading the charge. She drove into the Grizzlies’ box where she fired a shot that was deflected. Boyack ran down the rebound then drove between two defenders to take an open shot at goal. The New Zealander scored her second goal of the season when she fired a low hard shot inside the left post beating the keeper for the match-winning strike with 76:15 gone in the contest.

The Broncos held the Grizzlies to one shot in the final 13 minutes but that sailed high and off target. Boise State did have two other shots on goal in the second period but both were denied by the keeper. The first was by Shannon Saxton in the 68th minute while the last came from Hendrix in the 84th.

This was the seventh of nine consecutive road games for the Broncos who have now won three in a row to improve to 6-3-1 overall. Meanwhile, the loss drops Montana to 1-7-1. Boise State will conclude the five-week road swing next weekend when it travels to the University of Northern Colorado and University of Wyoming to wrap-up the non-conference slate.

Boise State (6-3-1) at Montana (1-7-1)
Date: Sep 28, 2008  Attendance: 548
Weather: Sunny, 66 degrees

Goals by period       1  2  Tot
Boise State.........  0  2 -  2
Montana.............  0  1 -  1

  1.  48:38 BSU Hill, Molly (1) (unassisted) - Beats keeper inside left post from right side
  2.  72:30 UM Sara Campbell (1) Penalty kick
  3.  76:15 BSU Boyack, Emma (2) (unassisted) - Splits defenders, beats keeper low and left

Shots: Boise State 21, Montana 5
Shots on goal: Boise State 6, Montana 2
Saves: Boise State 1 (Burns, Jennifer 1), Montana 4 (Grace Harris 4)

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