Bulldogs Race Past Broncos 4-1 in WAC Semifinals
Nov. 9, 2007
BOISE, Idaho - Senior forward Andrea Salvador scored the go-ahead goal and Fresno State iced the game with two goals in the second half as the Bulldogs raced to a 4-1 victory over Boise State in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament on Friday.
It was the second-straight game in which Salvador has scored the game-winner and was the fifth goal of the season. She took the ball after a long kick from freshman goal keeper Kaity Revel, controlled it and blew past a defender before finding the back of the net.
"This WAC tournament means a lot to our eight seniors," Salvador said. "I know my role is to come into the game and work hard. Offensively we have really been playing together and we have a lot of confidence right now."
Fresno State put pressure on Boise State early. Midfielder Chelsea Davis took an early shot that was deflected by a Boise State defender before hitting the post and going out of bounds. Seconds later, senior Andrea Alires' corner kick was headed in by Davis for Fresno State's first goal in the third minute.
Boise State scored the equalizer on a penalty kick from Brittney Dugger in the 27th minute. But Salvador's score in the 41st minute put the `Dogs up for good.
"We were dangerous attacking today," said head coach Steve Springthorpe. "The team's energy level was very high, even after playing a long game yesterday in which we didn't make many substitutions."
Fresno State did not let up in the second half. The Bulldogs increased their lead to 3-1 when junior midfielder Alison Sill scored on a header. Senior midfielder Megan Tennant crossed the ball from outside of the box, finding Sill right on cue for the header. It was Tennant's third assist of the season and Sill's fourth goal of the year.
In the 67th minute, Salvador raced ahead of Boise State's back line before being tripped up in the box and drawing a penalty kick. Davis took the PK and drove it past Bronco keeper Jennifer Burns for her second goal of the day and fifth of the season, sealing Fresno State's victory for good.
It was the fifth-straight win for the Bulldogs as they improved to 13-6-1. Boise State fell to 9-7-3.
The Bulldogs limited Boise State to only one shot on goal, which was the penalty kick.
Fresno State will now make its third-straight appearance in a WAC final. The `Dogs battle top-seeded Hawai'i at 1 p.m. MT (noon PT) on Sunday in Boise.
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