Epic Comeback Lifts Broncos to Draw
Sept. 15, 2016

Final Stats

SPOKANE, Wash. - Three second-half goals vaulted Boise State to a 3-3 draw Thursday, against Gonzaga, snapping a six-match losing streak. Falon Miller, Eva Herrera and Kristina Serres all found the back of the net for the Broncos (1-6-1), while Allegra Weeks assisted on the last two goals.

Boise State erased a two-goal deficit, only to have Gonzaga (4-2-3) take a 3-2 lead on a free kick in the 77th minute. The Broncos never let up.

In the 88th minute Weeks split two defenders and drove down the right wing. As another defender converged she slid into a pass, sending a cross through the box. Baylee Blaser and Herrera both swung and missed, but the ball continued rolling through the box where Serres connected from 10 yards away and put the equalizer inside the near post.

“These girls were unreal,” said head coach Jim Thomas. “Whatever it was going to take tonight, they brought it. They showed themselves what warriors they can be.”

Both teams withstood last-minute chances to get to overtime. Gonzaga held the advantage in the first extra period, taking the only shot and earning a corner. Boise State had to deal with a Bulldog corner in the second overtime period too, but rebounded to be the aggressor in the period. The Broncos took all three shots of the final 10 minutes, putting one on goal.

The Bulldogs scored all three of their goals on set pieces. Corner kicks in the 35th and 47th minutes resulted in deflections into the net, one off a thigh and the other a twisting header, to stake Gonzaga to a 2-0 lead.

As they have done throughout the six-match skid, the Broncos stayed the course. Weeks fed a long ball to the Blaser in the box on the right side of the goal. Blaser took a touch, made a turn and whipped a ball across the mouth of the goal. Miller stormed in from the top of the box and stuffed the shot home at the far post. Miller’s first goal as a Bronco snapped a scoreless streak of 251:06.

The next scoreless streak did not last nearly as long.

Eight minutes later Raimee Sherle was fouled two yards outside the left edge of the box just off the end line. Kayla Tucker came up to take the free kick and lofted a ball to the far post. Mikayla Schachtell redirected it back to the middle where Weeks rose up to get a touch with her head. Before the ball landed Herrera headed it back across the grain, to the upper right 90.

This is the first time under Thomas the Broncos have earned a result while allowing more than one goal.

Boise State wraps up nonconference play Sunday, at Washington State. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT, and can be viewed on Pac-12 Network. The Broncos return home next week to begin Mountain West play against Wyoming (Friday, 4 p.m.) and Colorado State (Sunday, 1 p.m.).

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