Boise State Tops Wyoming 3-0, Advances To MW Championship Semis

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Boise State made the most of its corner kick opportunities on Tuesday in its 2013 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Championship second round match against Wyoming, successfully converting three set pieces to claim a 3-0 win at the UNM Soccer Complex.

The third-seeded Broncos (12-6-3) advance to Thursday’s semifinals with the victory and will play No. 2 Fresno State (10-7-2) at 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. MT. The No. 7 Cowgirls, who outlasted No. 6 UNLV in a penalty-kick shootout on Monday, end their season at 7-11-4.

"We were really impressed with Wyoming's ability to come back after twenty-four hours and put together such a spirited performance,” Boise State head coach Jim Thomas said. “They had a lot of dangerous plays and it did cause us some problems, but we've prepared for this, we've worked very, very hard since January of this year for these kind of moments and we definitely rose to the occasion."

Boise State didn’t waste much time going on the attack, and converted its first corner kick opportunity in the game’s third minute. Junior defender Mikhaila Bowden, who took all three successful corner kicks, sent the ball into the box where junior midfielder/defender Katy Oehring headed the ball in off the post.

Brooke Heidemann, a sophomore midfielder, tallied the Broncos’ second goal of the half in the 43rd minute to put them up 2-0 at halftime. The Cowgirls, who played against the wind in the first half, picked up their play in the second half, but were unable to find a way past Broncos keeper Maddy McDevitt, who finished with six saves.

Boise State scored its final goal in the 68th minute as Oehring once again headed in a Bowden corner kick.

“The biggest thing for us is three goals off of three corner kicks, something we have been strong at all year.  It’s really frustrating to see that but give Boise state credit they took advantage of their opportunities,” Wyoming head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “It’s tough not to get one in the second half I really thought we were going to get one and keep us in the game. Give them credit they fought, I thought we were a little slow out of the gate I’m not sure if it is a little hangover from yesterday. We’ve been strong on corners all year and it’s hard to swallow that we gave up three.

“The season has been up and down the injuries are something I’ve only dealt with once in my entire career and I give the team credit for battling through it, getting to the tournament and only the second time ever winning games while we were here. But, we definitely had bigger dreams and aspirations.”