By Wayne Hoseck
On Friday afternoon, the women’s soccer team overcame conference opponent Fresno State in their second overtime win in a row.
After two great away wins on two different conference opponents, the women’s soccer team was excited to be back home again at the Boas Soccer Complex. The Broncos were matched against fellow Mountain West competitor Fresno State, who was slightly ahead of Boise State in the conference standings.
In the beginning, the game seemed equally set with both teams fighting for control of the ball. The Broncos created a few offensive attacks as a result of corner kicks, but could not come up with any goals. Fresno State’s defense played tightly, keeping the ball away from the net.
Less than five minutes before the end of the first half, Fresno State found an opening and were able to stick the dagger through.
The “dagger” was junior Megan Mossman’s impressive one-on-one goal, where she slipped the ball right through Boise State goal keeper Maddy McDevitt’s left side, scoring the only goal of the first half.
The girls came out in the second half with renewed spirits.
“At half time, we weren’t panicking or anything,” Head Soccer Coach Steve Lucas said. “We thought we were going to have chances, we just needed to do a better job finishing”.
Boise State kept on the offensive, not giving Fresno State many chances to shoot on goal.
The result led to freshman Brooke Heidemen’s amazing goal in the 71st minute, as she arched the ball into the top left corner of the net, perfectly over the Fresno State goal keeper’s reaching hands.
Heidemen was also the player to score the tie-breaking shot against the Broncos’ last opponent, Wyoming.
Heidemen’s amazing arched shot brought the score to an even 1-1. In a close, heated match, both teams desperately went to the offensive, but were unable to score again in regulation play.
13 minutes into overtime, senior forward Lauren Hickok was able to score again, bringing the game home for the Broncos. Hickok was able to kick the ball away from the keeper, sending it to the back of the net.
This win brings Boise State’s conference record up to 3-2, placing them ahead of Fresno State. Next up for the Broncos is a match against tough conference opponent UNLV on Sunday Oct. 21.