Sept. 13, 2015
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BOISE, Idaho - Weber State scored in the final minute of each half and put away a penalty kick in the second overtime period to steal a victory from Boise State Sunday, at Boas Soccer Complex. The Broncos (1-4-2) led on two different occasions and controlled the majority of the action, but the Wildcats (4-3-1) capitalized on their seldom opportunities.
Bronco freshmen Eva Herrera and Laura Buck each notched their first collegiate goals. Senior Brooke Heidemann assisted on both Boise State scores, moving her into sole possession of third on the all-time points list and into the top 10 in career assists.
Boise State outshot the Wildcats 19-9, including a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal, and had the upper hand in corner kicks by a 7-2 margin. It is the fourth-consecutive match the Broncos have attempted at least 16 shots, the first such streak since 2009.
Herrera broke through with a rebound goal in the 40th minute to give Boise State an advantage in the late stages of the first half. Heidemann took a free kick from 25 yards away, sending it high toward the right post. Weber State goalkeeper Nikki Pittman came out and batted the ball to the ground. Herrera was waiting on the right edge of the six-yard box and launched a shot inside the far post.
The lead would not last long. With the first half clock winding down, Weber State earned its first corner kick. Mackenzie Harrison sent the ball to the back post where Sydney Seamons collided with two Broncos, including goalkeeper Janelle Flores. Seamons got the best of the fracas and headed the ball down in the middle of the box. Celeste Wheelwright raced to the loose ball and punched it in the back of the net to even the score with 48 seconds on the clock.
The Broncos connected in the second half, this time with Buck and Heidemann teaming up for a combination play right down the spine of Weber State's defense in the 61st minute. Buck trapped the ball with her back to goal at the top of the 18-yard box and flicked a pass to a streaking Heidemann. The senior took two touches toward goal, drew the defense and left a pass back across the box to the freshman who buried the go-ahead goal.
The 2-1 lead looked like it would stand as the Bronco back line turned away a hard-charging Wildcat attack for the next 28 minutes. The visitors had one last chance in the final minute. Weber State took a free kick from near midfield and as everyone jostled for position at the top of the box the Broncos were called for another foul, this time giving Weber State a 19-yard free kick.
With the clock rolling under 30 seconds, Chansi Crompton set the ball and sized up her target. Crompton fired a shot over the wall of defenders and curled it under the crossbar and inside the far post to tie the match in dramatic fashion just two days after the Broncos sent their match against Utah to overtime with a 90th-minute penalty kick on the same field.
It was another penalty kick that would ultimately decide this match as well. After each team put one shot on target in the first extra period, Weber State got the first and only look of the second. On a play very similar to the one at the end of regulation, players from both sides fought to get on the end of a Weber State service and the Broncos were whistled for a foul, this time inside the box and drawing the call for a penalty kick. Harrison stepped up and delivered the game-winner to the upper left corner of the goal.
It is the first time under head coach Jim Thomas that Boise State has not won a match when scoring multiple goals (18-1-0).
Thomas made a pair of tactical changes at halftime. Freshman goalkeeper Tara Fisher replaced Flores in net after the break. Fisher played the second half and both overtime periods. She made two saves and handled numerous balls played back to her as the Broncos dealt with heavy pressure from the Wildcats late in the match. Thomas also moved Madi Campbell from right back to midfield.
Boise State closes nonconference play next weekend with a trip to Northern California. The Broncos will take on Saint Mary's Friday, before a Sunday meeting with San Francisco. The Mountain West schedule opens at home Sept. 25, against three-time defending champion San Diego State.