ISU soccer: Rachel Brownell’s header gives Bengals double-overtime win
Idaho State secured its first victory of the season with a double-overtime thriller at Davis Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bengals defeated Utah State 5-4 in another high-scoring affair after Rachel Brownell headed in the game-winning goal in the 106th minute of play.
“Today was such big game for them and that result for them is so huge because it proves they can play with anyone,” ISU coach Allison Gibson said. “Utah State is a tremendous team and we haven’t beat them in a few years, so for them to do that today, after this week, was the icing on the cake.”
Brooke Kortekaas, Meaghan Bare, Corinne Sanderson, Delaney Johnston and Brownell all secured one goal for the Bengals. Paige Smith, Tristen Spooner and Kortekaas each notched an assist.
Bare and Kortekaas led Idaho State with four shots apiece and seven players collected a shot on goal.
Laule’a Akana-Phillips earned her first career victory in goal after making 14 saves and facing 32 shots. Her 14 saves rank third all-time and her 32 shots faced rank second all-time on ISU’s single-game records list.
“The kids never gave up today and I just have chills watching them,” Gibson said. “It’s just incredible. I think (they’re) finally believing and trusting in each other.”
In the 105th minute of the second overtime, Utah State committed a foul, giving Idaho State the ball just inside the midfield line. Spooner punched the kick to the top right corner of the goal box and Brownell headed the ball over the Aggies’ leaping keeper. Her first-career goal secured the victory for Idaho State after 106 minutes of play.
“It feels awesome,” Brownell said. “It’s a chance for us to really turn our season around and kickstart it and get it going and keep the wins coming. I think everybody worked super hard and contributed to our great victory.”
Utah State (1-3) outshot Idaho State 32-17 and recorded 18 shots on goal. The Aggies also held the advantage in corner kicks at 12-2, but were plagued by six offside calls.
Up next: The Bengals (1-4) return to Davis Field to face South Dakota State on Thursday, Sept. 13.