Saxton scores two goals as Broncos roll past Vandals 5-1 in soccer?
BOISE, Idaho (10/21/07) Shannon Saxton led the Broncos to a convincing 5-1 victory over arch-rival Idaho Sunday afternoon in Boise. The freshman from Beaverton, Ore. recorded two first half goals in the Boise State victory as the Broncos remain undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play at 3-0-0.
The Vandals had a chance to get their first score in the 21st minute when Melissa Canite drove one-v-one against Boise State’s Jen Burns in goal. The Bronco keeper charged out to meet the Idaho attacker where she dove to smoother a shot from 16 yards out denying the potential first goal.
However, two minutes later Idaho did open the scoring with a goal in the 23rd minute to take a brief lead in the match. The Vandals’ score came off a Britta Rustad corner kick that Anna Edmonds headed into goal from four yards out with 22:58 gone in the first half.
Boise State roared back with three goals in a ten-minute stretch. The first score came after a series of events occurred resulting in an Idaho own goal. Boise State advanced down the middle where Saxton fired a hard shot towards goal that was blocked. The loose ball rolled left where the Broncos’ Randi Baker touched it back towards the Idaho goal. The Vandals’ keeper Anna Sandman attempted to clear the shot but kicked the ball into the far corner of her own net instead resulting in an own goal that knotted the score at one apiece at the 26:10 mark.
Two minutes later Saxton recorded the first of her goals to give the Broncos a 2-1 advantage in the 29th minute. The score was a Bronco counter attack following a shot by Idaho’s Melissa Canite that was denied by Boise State’s goalkeeper Jen Burns. The sophomore keeper from Boise’s Capital High immediately launched the Boise State attack with a long ball down the center of the field. Saxton out ran a defender to the ball then beat the charging Vandal keeper to the left scoring from 14 yards out into a open goal.
Up one, Saxton extended the Bronco lead seven minutes later. This time the score came off a set piece about 26 yards out from the Vandal goal. The free kick was taken by senior Alli Tsuchida who lifted the ball over the wall and directly to Saxton who had gotten behind the defensive line. She chested the ball to her feet then fired a low sailing rocket to the left side of goal to give Boise State a 3-1 lead. Saxton, who entered the week as the WAC’s leading scorer and tied for seventh nationally, extend her school records for goals and points in a season with the two strikes against the Vandals to 14 goals and 32 points.
Neither team managed to score again in the opening period as Boise State took their 3-1 advantage into the break. However, Idaho’s Jennifer Hull had a chance to cut the Bronco lead late in the first half when she sent a shot off the Boise State crossbar in the 39th minute.
Boise State wasted no time in getting their fourth goal early in the second half to put the match out of reach. It took the Broncos one minute and 26 seconds to score the insurance goal. The scoring play began with a Sophie Parrish corner kick that she sent into the middle of the box about 14 yards out. After a few individuals from both teams attempted to control the loose ball with no success, Bronco sophomore Kaylea Perenon found the ball at her feet 16 yards out. She beat the keeper with a shot to the right side of goal recording her third goal of the season while giving the Broncos a 4-1 advantage with 46:26 gone in the match.
The final goal of the match came in the 52nd minute. Boise State freshman Cheyenne Jones broke down the left side of the field beating one defender in the process. Once free, she cut inside towards the 18-yard box where she crossed the ball through the box to the right side. Sophomore Danielle Schwalbe was in the right place at the right time as she volleyed the cross through the defense and into the goal from six yards. The goal at the 51:21 mark was the third score of the season for the Borah High (Boise) graduate as Boise State went out to a 5-1 lead.
Both teams had opportunities to score more but failed to get one to cross the goal line in the final 38 minutes. On the day, Boise State outshot Idaho eight to six in shots on goal. Boise State’s Jen Burns accumulated five saves while Idaho’s Anna Sandman made three.
The win extends Boise State’s undefeated streak to four matches as they move to 7-5-2 overall and 3-0-0 in WAC play. That keeps them at the top of the league standings pending the results from the other three matches played on Sunday. Idaho falls to 4-9-1 overall and 0-2-1 in league play. Up next for the Broncos, they closeout the home regular season schedule with a pair of matches next weekend with Fresno State at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Nevada at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Idaho (4-9-1, 0-2-1) vs. Boise State (7-5-2, 3-0-0)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Shots: Idaho 11, Boise State 12
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