BOISE--Boise State freshman Michelle Reed broke a scoreless tie in the 60th minute of play and goalkeeper Janelle Flores was flawless as the Broncos defeated Idaho 1-0 at the Boas Soccer Complex in Boise yesterday. Reed, who also scored five days ago against Washington State, is the first freshman in school history to score the first two goals of a season for her team.
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In a garm marked by numerous ebbs and flows, defensive gems turned in by Jessie Vogel and Hailey DeVries keyed a shift in momentum towards the Blue and Orange. Advancing the ball deep into Vandal territory, Bronco attackers sent several crosses into the box that were knocked away. Then, a softly headed ball landed in front of Reed. She whirled around and sent a shot from 12 yards out that landed in the back of the net.
Flores survived six shots on goal by the Vandals, withstanding dangerous barrages at the start of each half. Flores made a season-high six saves, including the biggest in the 25th minute. Idaho forced a turnover that resulted in a two-on-one advantage. A pass into the box left Flores facing down Kayla Watanabe of Idaho. Flores jumped out of the box as Watanabe prepared for a 15-yard shot. Flores made a sliding save, deflecting the shot harmlessly beyond the end line. Boise State finished the game with 16 shots to 11 for the Vandals.
"It’s tough when you’re 0-3 and playing against a well-coached team,” said head coach Jim Thomas. “Idaho has a great idea of what they want to do in special situations and they mix systems, which put a lot of pressure on us. You know that the goal that is going to come along- if one ever does- is going to be a difficult one, a scrappy one. To see a freshman find their way onto the ball and put it away with such prowess bodes well for us. If we can have young players be that hungry, around the ball and that mentally into it, we’ll be alright.”
Boise State travels to Idaho State Sunday, with that match beginning at 1 p.m. Mountain Time.