Story by Jerek Wolcott-ISU Sports Information
Amanda Ellsworth scored in the 97th minute to clinch a 2-1 overtime win over Boise State at Davis Field Friday night.
The hard fought game was also marked by a lightning delay in the 58th minute that lasted over an hour. The delay energized the scoring; all three goals came after the unscheduled break.
The win gives the Idaho State a 1-0 record on the season and drops Boise State to 0-1.
Junior Madeline Gochnour got the scoring rolling in the 70th minute with a 30-yard strike from left of the goal.
The lead would not last long. Boise State’s Brooke Heidemann scored the equalizer off of a centering pass from Kayla Tucker just over four minutes later.
The 1-1 score held through the end of regulation.
In the first overtime period Zaessja Madamba drove into the box and sent a pass into the center. A Boise State player deflected it back toward Ellsworth three yards in front of the goal. She sent the ball into the top-right corner of the goal for the score.
“Amanda is such a competitor,” Head Coach Allison Gibson said. “I’ve never coached a player like her. She always seems to be in the right place at the right time.”
During the first half of the match the Bengals looked to be on the run and overmatched. Boise State played possession soccer and played it very well.
“We were getting pushed off the ball,” Gibson said. “We kept looking at the ref like he was going to save us but he just let us play. At halftime we talked about keeping our wits about us and engage in the battle.”
One bright spot in the Bengal back line was senior Allyson Stainbrook. The experienced defender time and again challenged the Bronco forwards and pushed the ball back into the BSU side of the field.
“Every time I looked up there was number 14 pressuring the ball,” Gibson said. “Day-in-and-day-out she proves herself on the field, to me that is the reason she is the captain. She saved us and generated our attack several times.”
All questions of which of three goalkeepers would be in net for the season opener were answered when Sophomore Goalkeeper Sheridan Hapsic took the field. She quickly justified the faith of her head coach when she tallied seven saves and carried a shutout through 73 minutes of the match.
Boise State outshot the Bengals 18-7 but Hapsic was the difference.
“Sheridan did what Sheridan does and she came up big at the right moment,” Gibson said. “I breathe easier with her in net.”
Sunday the Bengals will face the University of Idaho at Davis Field at 12 p.m. The Vandals lost their season opener at Weber State 3-0 Friday.
In years past the match would be the second leg of the Governor’s Cup but the competition was discontinued after the season. Gibson and the Bengals still take pride in the opportunity to be the top team in the Gem State.
“Pocatello has so much pride in Idaho State, it’s our university,” Gibson said. “When we get an opportunity to give us even more reason to be proud of Idaho State it is exciting. At the end of the day we want to have those bragging rights. That, for us, is a personal goal.