Clayton's Goal In Double Overtime Pushes Broncos Past Bulldogs
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sixty-eight seconds away from the third penalty-kick shootout in the 2013 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Championship, Boise State sophomore midfielder/forward KT Clayton netted the game-winning goal to propel the No. 3 Broncos past No. 2 Fresno State 2-1 in double overtime in the semifinal round Nov. 7 at the UNM Soccer Complex.
The Broncos (13-6-3) advance to Saturday’s 1 p.m. MT championship match, and will face the winner of No. 5 Utah State and No. 1 San Diego State.
“I’m super-proud; it's so hard when you play this many games, they found the emotion to keep rising up,” Boise State head coach Jim Thomas said. “They have such a good family bond they can lean on when it is really, really, tough. We felt good going into the game but knowing Fresno State we know we had our work cut out for us.”
As the second overtime drew to what appeared to be a scoreless 10-minute session, Clayton made a hard run down the left flank. Alluding a Fresno State defender at the 18-yard box, Clayton tucked a low shot past Fresno State keeper Katie DeVault to set off a Boise State celebration.
“It comes down to that one golden goal and they found their way in on an errant pass of ours and they finished on it,” Fresno State head coach Brian Zwaschka said. “Boise State is a good team and I wish them the best of luck."
With crisp passing and aggressive midfield play, Boise State controlled the pace of play in the first half. In the 31st minute, they were rewarded with the game’s first goal when senior midfielder Gabby Garcia hustled to keep the ball from crossing the end line and chipped it back to sophomore midfielder/forward Kayla Tucker, who put the ball home.
The Bulldogs sprung to life in the second half. Pushing up on the attack, Fresno State was able to even the match in the 64th minute after a Boise State own goal.
“We got off to a slow start, but credit to Boise State,” Zwaschka said. “They probably got a little bit of the nerves out having played and winning their first game. I was really happy with the way we responded in the second half to get back into it.”
Boise State’s junior midfielder/defender Katy Oehring shot just high of the crossbar on a couple of attempts outside the 18-yard box late in the second half, but aside from the that, the scoring chances for both teams were kept in check until Clayton’s game-winner found a home.