The Lady Broncos exploded for a school record six goals in a whitewashing of New Mexico State yesterday afternoon at the Boas Soccer Complex in Boise. Coach Steve Lucas's team set a Boise State mark for the most goals scored in a Western Athletic Conference match. This from a Bronco team that had scored 11 goals in 11 non-conference contests. Admittedly, Boise State was battling early-season injuries and lineup changes to try to find the right combination worthy of a defending WAC Championship team.
But Boise State opened the conference season with a 4-0 road win at Hawai'i and now the 6-0 victory. The ten goals nearly match the 11 in those 11 matches leading up to the WAC season.
Cheyenne Jones and Shannon Saxton paced the Bronco onslaught yesterday with two goals apiece. Boise State came out with the aggressive play that had been missing in the early part of the year. Lucas saw his team outshoot the Aggies 13-1.
Saxton broke the ice with an 18-footer in the 11th minute of play. Jones was credited with the assist, and then scored her first goal of the season in the 27th minute after recovering a blocked shot by Ashley Walsh. Jones sent the rebound inside the right post for a 2-0 Bronco advantage. With just 2:40 left in the half, Kati Lucas flicked a pass to sophomore Lauren Hickok, who was waiting just outside the goal. Hickok netted her first goal of the season and the Broncos were halfway home with a 3-0 advantage.
Saxton scored her second goal three minutes into the second half, when Katy Oehring sent a beautiful pass in stride to Saxton, who sent a shot past Aggie keeper Mikaela Bitner. Jones scored again when the Broncos charged down the field exhibiting great passing. Saxton crossed the ball to Erica Parks at the top of the 18-yard box, who passed it to Jones. Jones' 25-footer found the mark just under the crossbar. Tylyn Hughes completed the scoring in the 67th minute with a howitzer from 45 yards out.
Boise State is now 5-7-1 while New Mexico State is 6-5-2 but 0-3 in the WAC. The Broncos will try to defend their home field once again Sunday afternoon when they take on Louisiana Tech. That match gets underway at 1 p.m. at the Boas Complex off of Boise Avenue.