Aggie Soccer Falls 6-0 On The Road To Boise State

The Aggie soccer team suffered a 6-0 loss to Boise State on Friday afternoon as the team continued WAC play on the road. "I thought they did a great job of putting us under pressure and putting our backs under pressure," said head coach Michael Needham after the game. "They scored some pretty good goals."

The Broncos got on the board in the 11th minute as Shannon Braxton scored her fourth goal of the season off an assist from Cheyenne Jones to put the Broncos up 1-0. The Broncos would go up 2-0 in the 27th minute as Cheyenne Jones would find the back of the net for her first goal of the season off an assist by Ashley Walsh. The Broncos would cap the first half scoring on a goal by Lauren Hickok off an assist from Kati Lucas to put the Broncos up 3-0 in the 43rd minute.

The Aggies inserted true freshman Erin Wosick into the goal at halftime to get some experience in conference play. "It's big for Erin," said Coach Needham. "Erin deserves to play. It wasn't a situation where we gave a kid minutes because of where we were at. It was an opportunity to get her on." He added, "She made a couple good saves. Her distribution was good, her punts were good, her goal kicks were good. Her position was off a little but that comes with a little bit of rust from not playing in that many games. I thought it was definitely good to get her on."

The Broncos would add to their lead in the 48th minute as Shannon Saxton would score her second goal of the match this time off an assist by Katy Oehring. The Broncos' Cheyenne Jones would score her second goal of the game in the 59th minute. The final goal would come from Tynlyn Hughes who scored in the 67th minute to put the Broncos up 6-0.

"Boise is a good team, they went to the NCAA tournament last year. They're seasoned, they're experienced, they haven't played a home game in a month and a half, it's only their second home game of the year," said Coach Needham. "It was homecoming, it's a big game for them and all credit to them."

Despite the loss, Coach Needham did find some things he was pleased with. "We pride ourselves on trying to play soccer. I think we played good soccer, trying to get it on the ground and trying to get the ball to our forwards' feet and play. I think we did that [today]."

He added that while he felt the team's technical play was good, the effort wasn't quite there. "The soccer was good enough. Right now we're not doing the little things that make the difference in conference games and we started playing arguably four of the better teams in conference and three of those are on the road," said Coach Needham. "We knew it was going to be a challenging stretch of games. What we talked about with the kids is we have to compete physically and right now we're not doing a good job of competing and that's really what we pride ourselves on."

"It doesn't matter what the score is when you lose what the score is," said Coach Needham. "Kids learn in conference play that the only thing we wanted to get out of this weekend is to get some points. I don't care if it's one point, three points or six points."

The Aggies return to action on Sunday afternoon against Idaho in Moscow for a noon kickoff. "When you get beat up it stings and you can use that to come back and put together a better effort for Sunday."