Oct. 20, 2013
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Colorado State Rams (2-11-2, 1-7-0 MW) concluded the final home match of their inaugural season with a tough 3-0 loss to the Boise State Broncos (9-5-2, 4-2-0 MW) on Sunday afternoon at the Fort Collins Soccer Complex.
With rain pouring down for the duration of the match, the Rams battled the elements that made for unpredictable bounces on the field.
For the first 45 minutes, the match saw very little action as both teams played a scoreless half. Boise State had six shots in the first half compared to Colorado State’s zero shots, but didn’t have a single shot on goal.
In the beginning minutes of the second half, Boise State got the bounce that it was looking for. As a ball was crossed into the box, Colorado State junior defender Jessica Stauffer tried to clear the ball, but the ball rolled up her leg and hit her hand resulting in a penalty kick for the Broncos. Brooke Heidemann converted the penalty kick to give Boise State a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute.
“Those are the kinds of things that you wish would happen to your team,” Head Coach Bill Hempen said. “That’s the way the ball is bouncing for this group though.”
Just four minutes later, the Broncos separated themselves from the Rams with a goal in the 58th minute from Ashley Hruby.
In the 89th minute, Boise State added a third goal from Baylee Blaser to secure the 3-0 victory.
“For the first time in a while, they showed signs of fatigue,” Hempen said. “This is the third weekend in a row that we played a team that didn’t play on Friday. I’m just so proud of them for stepping out there and competing.”
The Rams will travel to Fresno, Calif. to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs on Thursday and will play in San Jose, Calif. to take on the Spartans on Saturday.