After a win over New Mexico State last week, the Idaho women’s soccer team was feeling pretty good with a 2-1 record heading into its road trip. However, that winning record turned into a losing record when it was all said and done.
The Vandals took on rival Boise State University Friday in Boise. The Broncos were 0-3 and looking for their first win. BSU scored in the 60th minute on a goal by Michelle Reed, which was the first goal Idaho had allowed in the second half all season. That was the only goal of the match for either team. BSU won its first match of the season, 1-0, against its rivals.
Boise State outshot Idaho 16-11 but the Vandals still had an edge in shots on goal with a 6-5 advantage over the Broncos. Idaho goalkeeper Amanda Poertner had four saves.
Moving ahead to Sunday, the Vandals went north to Cheney, Washington, to play Eastern Washington University. Though EWU is in the Big Sky Conference with Idaho, the match was previously scheduled and does not count as a conference match, thus not affecting the Big Sky standings.
The Eagles came in 3-1-1 and scored the first goal in the 24th minute off of a free kick. Just over a minute later, EWU found the net again and went up 2-0.
Idaho’s Kavita Battan scored her first goal of the season in the 61st minute to cut the lead to one. The junior got the ball in the 18-yard box before scoring.
Idaho will get its chance at revenge in the season finale on Oct. 30 at home against Eastern Washington. That’s when the game will count in the conference standings for both schools.
The Vandals now find themselves at 2-3 heading to the Deep South and Memphis, Tennessee, this weekend. They will take on Arkansas State University Friday and the University of Memphis Sunday before returning to Moscow for a game on Sept. 18th against South Dakota State University.
Ben Evensen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org