Late penalty kick gives Lady Broncos 3-2 win over Bees
IONA — New Blackfoot girls soccer coach Ramon Sanchez took his young Lady Broncos squad on the road for the first time on Tuesday at the ladies traveled to take on former district opponent Bonneville.
After playing to a hard fought draw with Idaho Falls in the rain in wind on Saturday, the Broncos got a taste of a warm day and sunny skies.
Sanchez learned quickly about how difficult being a coach can be as fatigue, injuries and a very tough and physical game gave the new head coach all he could handle.
After watching a 2-1 evaporate with 20 minutes to play, Mariah Quezada scored on a penalty kick to give the Lady Broncos their first win of the season 3-2 over the Bees.
"It is tough not to get caught up in the moment," a visibly exhausted Sanchez said after the match. "In the first half we did not play our style of soccer and we were a little sluggish probably because of the heat. But in the second half we were much more aggressive and we got a hard fought win."
It took just seconds for the Bees to get a shot on goal as just 30 seconds into the game a Bonneville player sent a shot high and over the crossbar.
Blackfoot cleaned up their defense and began to move the ball out of their own end and across midfield.
In the 12th minute the Broncos Madison Rigby broke down field with a Bees defender clinging by here side.
Rigby beat here defender and scored the goal beating the Bees keeper to her right.
Bonneville knotted the game up just before halftime when Makyla Ledezma scored the first of her two goals to send the teams into the half tied 1-1.
During the break Sanchez employed his team to not leave their responsibilities and get back to playing the Broncos style of soccer.
The players were listening.
Less than five minutes into the second half Siera Sanchez sent a beautiful crossing pass across the goal box finding a streaking Emily Peterson who sent a shot into the back of the net to give the Broncos a 2-1 lead.
After starting her first game in goal on Saturday, Anicia Luna came up big for the Broncos again on Tuesday.
Luna made a handful of spectacular saves, including two from point blank range to keep the Broncos in front.
Ledezma got the Bees even with 20 minutes left when she scored her second goal of the game sending a shot through a mass of bodies in front of goal, beating Luna to tie the game.
But the Broncos were determined to earn the win as they kept the pressure on the Bees.
A foul committed on the Broncos in the goal box with 10 minutes to go earned the Broncos a penalty kick.
Quezada stepped up an nailed the penalty kick and the Broncos were able to fend off a vicious Bees rally in the final minutes to earn the win.
"That was a hard fought win," Sanchez said. "We battled and battled and had to work to keep the ball out of the goal in those final minutes, but we did just that."
Blackfoot (1-0-1) plays Skyline on Thursday. The game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex.