The Boise State women’s soccer team won their home opener, 2-1, on Sunday against Creighton University. The showdown with the Bluejays marked the second time these two teams have faced one another, with Creighton winning the first meeting in 2011, 2-0.
Boise State defeated Idaho State in their first game of the season, 2-1.
The Broncos’ had a couple of early opportunities when sophomore Brooke Heidemann was streaking down the middle of the field, while strong defensive efforts from of junior Mikhaila Bowden and freshman Hailey Devries thwarted early Creighton opportunities.
Senior Ashley Hruby had an excellent shot on goal in the 26th minute but Creighton’s freshman goalkeeper, Danielle Rice, saved the shot.
Rice made key saves for Creighton, keeping her team within reach in the first half, saving a breakaway shot from junior Shannon Schueren in the 34th minute.
Sophomore Anna Popma assisted to senior Rebe Wolverton, just minutes after Wolverton subbed in the game, on a goal from about 40 yards to put the Broncos on the board.
“I like to bring a spark onto the field and help the starters when they’re tired,” Wolverton said after the game.
The Broncos’ had the advantage heading into half both with the score, 1-0, and shots on goal, 6-1, as the Bluejays didn’t get a shot on goal until the 41st minute.
Heidemann displayed her toughness in the 78th minute, as she chased down a lob pass and collided with the Creighton goalkeeper. Heidemann appeared to have bumped heads but she popped right up after lying on the ground for a brief moment.
The Bluejays’ best opportunities came late in the second half with chances on rebound to put the ball in the net, but they were unable to convert both opportunities.
Creighton was able to tie the game in the 82nd minute, when sophomore Alissa Kohmetscher put the ball in the net after a rebound.
“To show the heart to comeback when you give up a goal, I’m so proud of them for that,” Broncos’ head coach Jim Thomas said. “We work on that in training all the time, so they’re comfortable to how we’re going to react as a team.”
With the score tied 1-1 it was Heidemann scoring her second goal of the season capping off the Broncos’ victory with an impressive goal from outside the box in the 87th minute.
The win for the Broncos’ puts them at 2-0 as they face Seattle University in their next game on Aug. 30.