BOISE, Idaho--Newfound scoring helped the Boise State soccer team to a sweep of the Nevada schools last week.
Coach Jim Thomas' team shut out UNLV 4-0 last Thursday in Boise before topping Nevada 3-1 yesterday in Reno. The seven goals scored by the Broncos were more than the team had mustered in the previous six games.
The Bronco offense came out of its slumber with four goals in less than 15 minutes against UNLV to break a three-game losing streak. Boise State found the net three times in the final six minutes of the first half, and then added another early in the second period. Boise State's scoring barrage was the quickest since the Broncos scored four goals in 7:46 in 2007 against Southern Utah.
It was three local high school products that got the Broncos going. Former Rocky Mountain High School standout Brooke Heidemann opened the scoring in the 36th minute with a 25-footer that flew past the goalkeeper just inside the right post. Local Mountain View High School produce Baylee Blaser and Addison Standlee (a former teammate of Heidemann at Rocky Mountain) each chipped in goals for a 3-0 halftime lead.
A Bronco throw-in resulted in Kayla Tucker's second goal of the season in the second half. Freshman Tara Fisher recorded four saves to record the first win of her collegiate career. The Rebels fell to 4-8 overall and 1-4 in the Mountain West Conference.
The Broncos then traveled to Reno and defeated Nevada 3-1. Once again, it was Heidemann who took control, as she slipped a rebound past Nevada keeper Kelsey Quintos for a goal in the 34th minute. Heidemann struck again less than a minute into the second half, stealing the ball at midfield, dribbling down the right flank and firing a laser 24 yards to the back of the net. Heidemann tied a school record (last accomplished by Erica Parks in 2009) with goals in four consecutive games.
Nevada scored on a free kick in the 66th minute to cut the margin to 2-1 before seniors KT Clayton and Kelsey Nicassio combined for an insurance goal for Boise State in the 84th minute. Clayton broke into the Nevada box and sent a pass for Nicassio at the front of the goal, which Kelsey booted off of Quintos and into the net.
Boise State evened their Mountain West record at 3-3 and are now 5-7-3 overall.
The Broncos return to the Boas Soccer Complex for the final homestand of the year. Boise State hosts Colorado College Friday before meeting Air Force Sunday. Prior to the match with Air Force, seniors Bailey Anderson, Clayton, Heidemann and Nicassion will be honored for Senior Day.