Boise State plays to a 0-0 draw with Northern Arizona in soccer....

BOISE, Idaho (10/6/2007) - Boise State and Northern Arizona competed hard for 110 minutes before settling on a 0-0 draw Saturday afternoon in Boise. In a defensive double overtime battle, the Broncos out shot the Lumberjacks 10 to five in shots on goal but could not get the decisive score for the win. In all, nine Broncos and four Lumberjacks had shots on goal but all were stop by the goalkeepers. Boise State’s Jen Burns, a Capital High (Boise) graduate, came away with five saves including a crucial stop in the last overtime period to preserve the draw.

Northern Arizona gave the Broncos an early scare when Sarah Neatherton sent a shot off the crossbar in the 6th minute of action. The Broncos quickly counter with a Kaylea Perenon attempt that was denied by NAU’s keeper, Liz Winkleblech, in the 9th minute. After a solid defensive effort in the first 40 minutes, Boise State’s Jen Burns was forced to make two saves, including a one-v-one with a Lumberjack forward, in the final five minutes of the first period to maintain a 0-0 score at the intermission. At the break the Broncos held a three to two advantage in shots on goal.

Boise State picked up the pressure in the second half and forced most of the action during the period into the NAU defensive half. The Broncos out shot the Lumberjacks 11 to four and five to two in shots on goal but failed to get the ball across the goal line.

Both teams had chances late in the second half to get the win but great goalkeeper play and a bit of bad luck denied each team. Boise State’s Kaylea Perenon had the first Boise State opportunity in the 83rd minute. As she drove towards goal she fired a hard shot that NAU’s Winkleblech had trouble controlling but eventually managed to corral the ball before a Bronco attacker could find it.

A minute later the Bronco’s Shannon Saxton launched a hard shot from the high right wing that beat a charging keeper but careened off the right post of an open net and out of play.

NAU’s Neatherton sent a second scare into the Broncos when she broke free with the ball for a one-v-one with Boise State’s Burns in goal. The Bronco keeper won the battle as she charged at Neatherton then dove at the ball for the save with five and a half minutes to play in regulation.

Boise State had two more chances before the buzzer ending regulation play with shots by Katie Keller in the 88th minute and Shannon Saxton in the 89th that were denied by the Lumberjack keeper.

The Broncos dominated the first overtime period pushing the Lumberjacks into a defensive stance for most of the frame. Boise State’s Erin Wofford fired a solid shot at goal in the first minute and freshman Cheyenne Jones launched one towards goal a minute later, but once again the NAU keeper came up with big saves each time. The Lumberjacks failed to get a shot on goal in the opening overtime stanza as the period ended without a scoring strike.

The final overtime was similar to the first with much of the play in the NAU defensive half. However, Boise State was unable to get a shot on goal as Perenon and Saxton each sent shots wide of the mark. NAU’s Kayla Bauder nearly won it for the Lumberjacks with a quick break down the center where she was greeted by Boise State’s charging Burns who denied the potential match-winning score.

Boise State is now 4-5-2 on the year with the draw, while Northern Arizona moves to 5-3-4. Next up for the Broncos, they start Western Athletic Conference play when they travel to Louisiana Tech for a Friday (Oct. 12) match followed by a game at Utah State on Sunday (Oct. 14).

» «