Boise State women’s football, Utah Valley tied 1-1
Earlier this summer, Morgan Stone made SportsCenter’s top 10 with a goal in a USL W League pre-pro game with Minnesota Aurora FC.
The Boise State senior scored another scorer Thursday to force a 1-1 tie with Utah Valley in the Broncos’ women’s soccer season opener at Lincoln Recreation Field. A new NCAA rule went into effect for the 2022 season eliminating overtime until the playoffs.
“I think that’s kind of the role I’m trying to take on right now as a senior on the team,” Stone said. “I just want to be able to get my team back when we’re down. Also being able to contribute on the score line by doing this – not just emotionally and physically – just sets an example for younger people that even if we’re down, we can get back up.
Stone’s 71st-minute goal on an assist from junior Jayla Land helped the Broncos come back from a scrappy first half that saw them allow a Sydney Bushman goal in the Utah Valley at the 19th minute. It was Stone’s seventh career goal.
“They kicked our ass for a good 10, 15 minutes there and got a goal,” Boise State coach Jim Thomas said. “After the water break I felt like we started to stiffen our spines and then when we came out in the second half it was obvious we were aware of how the patterns were going to work. and that we could lean on each other more than we have in the past.
The Wolverines outshot the Broncos 6-2 in the first half, including three shots on goal, but the Broncos dominated possession in the final 45 minutes and fired eight shots against Utah Valley’s five.
The Broncos also would have won Thursday’s game had it not been for an 86th-minute offside call on a Carly Cross goal.
“We’ll have to go back and see the video whether it’s a goal or not,” Thomas said.
In near triple-digit heat on the scorching turf pitch, the Broncos relied heavily on their bench to stay cool against Utah Valley. Nineteen players in all took the field, each contributing 7 minutes or more.
“We talk a lot about the depth of contribution,” Thomas. “…The starting line-up was so good it was an easy pick. …Then the bench came in and took over the minutes massively.
Goaltender Genevieve Crenshaw added, “This team is fighting hard. We’re in great shape, and it’s great to see freshmen like Hayden Wilsey and Teryn Newkirk. We have set these high standards, and they are so good at living up to them. »
The Broncos came one win away from their third-place finish in the NCAA Tournament last season, falling in overtime in the Mountain West Tournament championship game against New Mexico. Thomas responded by implementing a tougher pre-season schedule to push the team further towards their goals. This year’s non-conference slate includes a trio of Pac-12 schools in Arizona State, Oregon State and Oregon.
Boise State hosts the Sun Devils at 5 p.m. next Thursday at the Boas Soccer Complex.
“We want to play against these teams,” Stone said. “We want to be challenged as much as possible.”
Volleyball: Bartsch named pre-season player of the year
In a preseason poll of league women’s volleyball coaches, Boise State sophomore Paige Bartsch was voted Mountain West’s preseason player of the year.
Teammate Lauren Ohlinger joins Bartsch on the All-MW preseason squad as the Broncos look to build on their Mountain West Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance from a year ago.
Bartsch, the reigning conference rookie of the year, started 14 of the 22 games she played last season while battling injury. She had 152 kills, 56 blocks, 50 digs and 20 aces while transitioning from center blocker to right hitter midway through the season.
The Broncos landed in a tie for third place with San Jose State in the preseason poll, garnering a first-place vote and 75 points. Colorado State is the favorite, receiving six first-place votes and 93 points, followed by Utah State in second place with three first-place votes and 91 points.
This story was originally published August 18, 2022 9:54 p.m.