IDAHO FALLS — On a cold and blustery Saturday morning two teams took to the Bonneville High School pitch looking for a berth in this weeks upcoming state tournament. Preston entered the game with the knowledge that they had beaten Blackfoot in both of their earlier meetings but as many sports pundits will tell you, beating a team three times in a row is a tough thing to do.
For their part, Blackfoot came out and looked as if they were the team that had won the previous meetings as they controlled the tempo and the ball for most of the opening half in which they played into a prevailing head wind.
"I felt like we won the first half," Blackfoot head coach Scott Stufflebeam said. "We were playing into at least a one goal and probably a two goal wind and we just shut them down even though they had that advantage."
Indeed, Blackfoot played one of their finest games of the season as a nicked up unit dug deep and left it all on the field in a valiant attempt at a state tournament berth.
Unfortuanately for the Lady Broncos and their loyal fans who braved the less than ideal weather conditions, Preston was able to slip in a goal eleven minutes into the second half. Madison Leslie had made a fantastic diving save but the ball rebounded to Preston's Kassie Burton who got just enough toe on it to get it into the net for the games first goal.
Undaunted the Lady Broncos continued their battle and with fifteen minutes left in the contest it looked as if Mattison Chavez had scored the tying goal but the ball was just high of the mark.
Preston added a second goal with five minutes remaining in the contest and as the whistle blew ending the contest, a disheartened and exhausted Lady Bronco's season came to an end.
"Take nothing away from Preston, they played well today but we just had too many injuries and in the second half those injuries began to take their toll," Coach Stufflebeam said. "There's just so much Ibuprofen that you can take. I'm proud of the girls though. They came out and played with a spirit, fight and drive that was really exciting to see. They have nothing to hand their heads about with their efforts today."