Cougars Prevail in Pullman
Sept. 18, 2016

Final Stats

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State prevailed in a back-and-forth match Sunday, defeating Boise State 2-1 in the nonconference finale for both teams. Bronco freshman Kristina Serres tied the game in the 57th minute, scoring her second goal in as many matches, but a 70th-minute goal put the Cougars on top for good. All three goals were scored in the second half.

Washington State (5-2-1) held an 11-2 shot advantage at the half, but the Broncos (1-7-1) were able to get to the break without allowing a goal. The story quickly changed in the second half.

Just over two minutes into the second period, the Cougars earned a free kick outside the box on the right wing. Kailiana Johnson took the kick and served a ball toward the center of the goal. The ball sailed through traffic, eventually deflecting off the leg of a Bronco into the net and breaking the deadlock. Johnson was credited with the goal.

Boise State pressed on, feeding the ball to the top of the box and looking for an opening. In the 57th minute, Serres found one. She worked her way to within 12 yards of the goal and fired a shot. The WSU defense blocked her attempt, but Serres pounced on the rebound. As she took a touch to get a cleaner look, the keeper stepped out and Serres slipped a shot on the ground between her legs to even the score.

Serres also scored the game-tying goal in the 88th minute Thursday, at Gonzaga.

Washington State was not done. In the 70th minute an opportunity built out of the back. The Cougars fought off a Bronco advance and WSU defender Susie White sent a long ball down the right flank. Alysha Overland ran onto the pass and drove toward the 18-yard box. Once a step inside the area, Overland set up a left-footed shot that tucked inside far post and put WSU ahead 2-1.

The Broncos had a handful of opportunities following the goal, including a corner kick in the 78th minute, but were unable to get a shot off in the final 20 minutes.

Janelle Flores and Sarah Taylor returned to the Bronco lineup after extended absences. Taylor started and played 72 minutes after missing the last three matches while attending a camp with the Canada U-20 National Team. Flores relieved starting goalkeeper Tara Fisher in the 31st minute and played the rest of the match. Flores missed five matches to injury.

Sunday concluded one of the most difficult nonconference schedules in program history. Five of the nine matches were played on the road, including three trips to Pac-12 opponents. The combined record of the Broncos’ nine opponents is 41-26-10. All seven Bronco losses have come by one goal, matching the most one-goal losses in a single season in school history.

Boise State returns home this weekend to open Mountain West play. The Broncos host Wyoming (Friday, 4 p.m. MT) and Colorado State (Sunday, 1 p.m. MT) at Boas Soccer Complex.

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