Two Second-Half Goals Give Boise State Key 2-0 Victory Over Nevada in Women's Soccer...
Hickcox scored game-winner becoming the ninth Bronco to record a goal this year.
BOISE, Idaho (10/11/2009) - The Broncos scored two second-half goals as Boise State University claimed a crucial Western Athletic Conference victory over the University of Nevada by the score of 2-0 in Boise on Sunday afternoon. Brandy Hickcox and Erica Parks each scored goals for the Broncos in the win, while the defense recorded its sixth shutout of the season. The victory evened Boise State’s league recorded at 2-2.
The first half was a defensive battle as the two teams struggled to get a decent shot off at either goal. Each team placed one shot on frame during the opening-45 minutes. Boise State had the first opportunity in the period when Cheyenne Jones fired a shot off a cross at goal from 15 yards out that Nevada’s keeper Marie Cove was forced to stretch high for in order to touch the ball over the crossbar and out of danger in the 12th minute.
Nevada’s lone shot on goal in the match came in the 14th minute when Annabelle Allen fired at the Bronco goal only to see sophomore keeper Liz Ruiz deny the shot for Boise State.
Boise State was more active today offensively than it was in Friday’s loss to Utah State as the Broncos out shot the Wolf Pack today 27-to-four and 10-to-one in shots on goal. In the first half it was an eight-to-one Bronco advantage in overall shots as the blue and orange watched a few attempts just miss the target before settling for a scoreless draw at the break.
The second half saw Boise State pick up its intensity as it dominated the final-45 minutes of action forcing most of the play into the Nevada defensive half.
Erica Parks opened the Bronco attack when she missed from 17 yards out as the ball sailed inches over the crossbar in the 50th minute.
Chelsea Robinson almost put the Broncos on the scoreboard in the 59th minute when she broke open on a fast break. She beat the keeper but watched as the shot just missed rolling wide left of the far post.
Kaylea Perenon put the first Bronco shot on target in the half in the 65th minute when she fired from distance only to see the Wolf Pack keeper come up with the save.
Brandy Hickcox gave Boise State the lead in the 73rd minute when she dribbled 20 yards down the center and through the Nevada defense to launch the match-winner from 16 yards out that beat the keeper to the right for the 1-0 Bronco advantage. It was the sophomore’s first goal of the season as she became the ninth Boise State player to score this year.
A little more than a minute later Perenon nearly extended the Boise State advantage when she volleyed a free kick from six yards out. Unfortunately, the hard shot sailed directly at the keeper guarding the near right post who blocked it across the endline and out of trouble.
In the 80th minute Parks broke free on another Boise State fast break attempt shooting from 17 yards out as a defender recovered enough to block the shot wide to the left. Parks ran down the loose ball, spun around a defender and drove at goal sending a hard strike towards the near left post where Nevada’s Cove, the goalkeeper, came up with a diving save.
Shannon Saxton made numerous runs at the Wolf Pack goal throughout the contest putting pressure on Nevada’s defensive backs. In the 81st minute she drove down the left flank beating her defender to send a low shot at goal where the Wolf Pack keeper made another big save at the near post.
In the 86th minute the Broncos continued to press into the Wolf Pack defensive third. This time Malia Hendrix sent a free kick at the Wolf Pack goal that Cove denied. On the keeper’s clearance up field she sent the ball low and short allowing Boise State’s Saxton to gain control of the ball and break open for the Nevada goal.
The junior raced one-v-one with the keeper firing a shot from 16 yards out that keeper deflected back into the field of play. Saxton ran onto the deflection and sent it back at goal, once again the keeper recovered touching the ball to the left. The ball rolled along the mouth of the goal towards the left post where Boise State’s Parks was waiting. She sent a rocket into the goal from two yards out for the insurance score at the 85:58 mark of the game.
Saxton was awarded the assist on the Parks goal moving her to within one point of tying the school record for career points with 71. Meanwhile, she extended her career record for assists to 15.
The Broncos’ goal was never seriously tested in the second half by the Wolf Pack as the win improves Boise State to 7-5-4 overall and 2-2-0 in WAC play. The loss was the first in league competition for Nevada who is now 2-1-0 in conference and 5-9-0 overall. Next up for Boise State is a trip to northern Idaho next Sunday to face a much improved University of Idaho squad at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain).
Final Game Summary
Nevada (5-9-0, 2-1-0 WAC) vs. Boise State (7-5-4, 2-2-0 WAC)
10/11/09 at Boise, Idaho
Date: 10/11/09 Attendance: 364
Weather: Mid 50’s, partially overcast w/breeze
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Nevada.............. 0 0 - 0
Boise State......... 0 2 - 2
1. 72:24 BSU Hickcox, Brandy (1) (unassisted) - Dribbled through defense, 16 yds out.
2. 85:58 BSU Parks, Erica (5) (Saxton, Shannon) - rebound off keeper, volleyed in from 2 yds
Shots: Nevada 4, Boise State 27
Shots on Goal: Nevada 1, Boise State 10
Saves: Nevada 8 (Cove, Marie 8), Boise State 1 (Ruiz, Liz 1)
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