BOISE, Idaho (10/10/08) The Boise State-Louisiana Tech soccer teams not only had to battle each other Friday afternoon in the conference opener at Boise, but a heavy-snow storm as well that uncharacteristically, for early October, hit the Boise area . Ultimately, the match was suspended after regulation time with the score tied at 2-2. After Boise State had taken a two-goal lead on goals by Andrea Huerta in the 45th minute and Shannon Saxton in the 76th, Louisiana Tech took advantage of the bad weather to battle back to tie the match with two goals in the final seven minutes. The match normally would have gone into overtime to try and break the tie, but the officials ruled that it was too dangerous to continue the match and suspended it at the end of 90 minutes.
As a result of the bad weather there were few solid scoring opportunities for either team throughout the contest. The match began with light rain that turned into heavy rain by halftime. The second half opened with a light snow flurry which turned into a major snow storm with 30 minutes to play. It was by far the worst weather that the Broncos had ever played in during the last 11 years.
However, Boise State did draw first blood just before the halftime buzzer sounded. The Broncos attacked down the right flank with Danielle Schwalbe taking the ball deep into the right corner. She turned then crossed the ball into the Lady Techster’s six-yard box where Andrea Huerta used a back kick, used her heal, to knock it into goal with 55 seconds remaining in the opening period. The scoring strike was Huerta’s fifth of the year.
Up one and the weather increasingly getting worse, the Broncos extended their lead in the 76th minute. Sophomore Shannon Saxton raced down the right flank where she launched a shot from a severe angle that sailed high over the defense and past the keeper landing inside the far post to give the Broncos a 2-0 advantage with just under 15 minutes to play. The goal was Saxton’s sixth of the season.
Boise State had a chance to put the match out of reach in the 81st minute when they had a potential third goal called off by an offside call. Senior Randi Baker dribbled the center into the 18-yard box where she fired a shot towards the La Tech goal only to see it slowed by a defender and past the keeper. As it rolled towards goal Huerta touched it into the net. Unfortunately, she was ruled offside canceling the score.
Down two, the Lady Techsters countered by picking up their intensity in the final 10 minutes, forcing the action into the Boise State defensive third. The first Louisiana Tech score was a fastbreak down the middle in which the defender slipped on the snow resulting in Denise Wilson going unmarked for a one-v-one with Boise State’s Jennifer Burns in goal. Wilson beat the charging keeper with a shot into the low left corner of the net to cut the Bronco lead to one with six and a half minutes to go in regulation.
Two minutes later in the 86th the match was tied at 2-2. The final goal by the Lady Techsters was the result of a bad defensive play by a Bronco defender. After intercepting a La Tech pass on the right flank, the defender decided to pass the ball back to the Boise State keeper rather than clear it. Unfortunately, the ball rolled in the snow dying six-yards short of the keeper. The Lady Techsters’ Olivia Lukasewich out ran the defender and keeper to the ball. She slotted the scoring strike past Burns and inside the far left post knotting the score at two apiece with less than five minutes to play.
Boise State had one final chance to pull the win out when Saxton raced into the Louisiana Tech penalty box in the 89th minute. Her fired a hard shot towards goal, but watched as Buchanan, the LTU keeper, denied the goal to preserve the draw for the Lady Techsters.
The match was suspended moments later by the officials. At this time the match is scored as a draw pending a decision by the Western Athletic Conference office on the suspension. The draw moves Boise State to 7-4-2 on the year and 0-0-1 in WAC play. Louisiana Tech goes to 10-2-2 overall and 0-0-1 in conference. Next up for the Broncos is a Sunday afternoon match with Utah State (6-7-1, 1-0-0 WAC) at 1:00 p.m. at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex in Boise. The Aggies ran over Idaho this afternoon by the score of 4-0.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Louisiana Tech (10-2-2,0-0-1 WAC) at Boise State (7-4-2, 0-0-1 WAC)
Date: Oct 10, 2008 Attendance: 197
Weather: Rain, 45 degrees, light breeze
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Louisiana Tech...... 0 2 - 2
Boise State......... 1 1 - 2
1. 44:05 BSU Huerta, Andrea (6) (Schwalbe, Danielle) - heal kick from 5yds
2. 75:02 BSU Saxton, Shannon (6) (unassisted)
3. 83:30 LATECH Wilson, Denise (Lanie, Brooke) - fast breakdown the middle
4. 85:39 LATECH Lukasewich, Olivia (unassisted) - stole bad defensive pass, scored from 12yds
Shots: Louisiana Tech 5, Boise State 10
Shots on goal: Louisiana Tech 3, Boise State 6
Saves: Louisiana Tech 4 (Buchanan, Cat 4), Boise State 1 (Burns,
Match suspended after regulation due to snow.