RENO, Nev. (10/17/2010) - With time running down in the first overtime Erica Parks scored from five yards out to give Boise State University a key 2-1 Western Athletic Conference victory over the University of Nevada in Reno Sunday afternoon. The Broncos scored first in the match with an Ashley Walsh goal in the 12th minute before the Wolf Pack rallied with a strike in the 39th to even the score up at halftime. Neither team scored in the second period setting up Parks overtime game-winner in the 97th minute, assisted by Lindsay Roberts. Boise State improves to 6-8-2 overall and 3-1-1 in WAC play.
Ashley Wash put the Broncos on the scoreboard first with a strike in the 12th minute of play. The junior from Vancouver, Wash., ran onto a loose ball outside the Nevada penalty box then launched a hard shot that sailed over the defense and into goal from 25 yards out for a 1-0 Boise State lead. It was Walsh’s second goal of the season.
Shannon Saxton nearly gave the visitors a two-goal advantage in the 18th minute when she fired at the Wolf Pack goal only to see her shot deflect off the crossbar. She had a second chance to extend the Boise State lead in the 25th but was denied by Nevada’s goalkeeper, Marie Cove.
Boise State’s keeper Liz Ruiz denied the Wolf Pack four times in the first half before they managed to sneak one past her before halftime. Down one, Nevada rallied in the 39th minute when Natalie Ratnavira took a Sarah Voss pass towards goal, finishing off the score by sending her shot inside the left post to tie the match at one all.
Boise State had its opportunities in the second period as well taking seven shots of its own compared to 10 for Nevada. The best chance for the Broncos was by freshman Katy Oehring who fired at goal in the 68th minute but was denied by Cove in goal for the Wolf Pack.
Ruiz was a big factor in the second half as she helped hold off the Wolf Pack to get the match into overtime with three saves in the period. The initial save came in the 50th minute on the first of three Jill Erickson scoring attempts, the second was denied during the 76th minute.
Then late in regulation Ruiz faced a Nevada flurry of attempts in the 83rd minute. Erickson started it off for the Wolf Pack when she hit the crossbar. The deflection went to teammate Erin Smith who headed the ball back at goal which hit the crossbar as well. The rebound fell to Nevada’s Ratnavira who volleyed it back at goal only to see Ruiz recover for the denial preserving the 1-1 draw to force overtime.
That setup the overtime period and Parks decisive strike in the 97th minute. Boise State was fouled near midfield which led to a free kick situation for the Broncos. Junior defender Lindsay Roberts took the kick sending it high into the Nevada penalty box. The ball fell to the feet of Parks inside the six-yard box who then volleyed it into goal for the match-winner. This is the first break through for Boise State in overtime this year as they are now 1-2-2 in matches that went to extra periods.
Boise State has one match this coming week when they host instate-rival the University of Idaho on Sunday, Oct. 24th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex on South Oakland Avenue.
Final Game Summary
Boise State at Nevada (10/17/10 at Reno, Nev.)
Boise State 6-8-2 (3-1-1 WAC) vs. Nevada 6-8-2 (1-4 WAC)
Date: 10/17/10 Attendance: 234
Weather: Cloudy, Cool
Goals by period 1 2 OT Tot
Boise State......... 1 0 1 - 2
Nevada.............. 1 0 0 - 1
1. 11:19 BSU Walsh, Ashley (2) (unassisted)
2. 38:47 NEV Ratnavira, Natalie (4) (Voss, Sarah)
3. 96:40 BSU Parks, Erica (3) (Roberts, Lindsay)
Shots: Boise State 16, Nevada 19
Shots on goal: Boise State 4, Nevada 9
Saves: Boise State 8 (Ruiz, Liz 8), Nevada 2 (Cove, Marie 2)