Late Penalty Dooms Broncos
Aug. 26, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho - A 90th-minute penalty kick sunk Boise State women's soccer Friday, against Seattle. The Redhawks converted the penalty with two seconds remaining for the match's only goal and a 1-0 victory.

With the clock winding down in regulation, Seattle forward Karli White chased down a deflected clearance. Boise State goalkeeper Janelle Flores dove to cover the loose ball in the box just as White and Bronco defender Jessie Vogel collided. The head official whistled and pointed to the spot as the clock struck 90 seconds and the horn sounded.

Three seconds were put back on the clock and Brie Hooker stood over a penalty kick. Hooker went to the left post and Flores guessed the other way. The shot hit the back of the net and Seattle had a 1-0 lead with two ticks left on the clock.

Boise State (1-1-0) outshot Seattle (2-0-0) 12-11, but was unable to put one on target. Freshman McKenna Kynett delivered one of the Broncos' best chances with a left-footed strike off the crossbar late in the first half.

"I couldn't be more proud of my team," said head coach Jim Thomas. "We made so many big strides today. We played against a big-time opponent and performed brilliantly. I couldn't be more thrilled with the direction we're going."

The Bronco defense was anchored by Flores and welcomed the return of Hailey DeVries. Flores saved a free kick in the 85th minute and claimed numerous crosses and corners. DeVries, working back from an offseason injury, made her season debut and played 55 minutes off the bench.

"It was an unfortunate end, but a brilliant game," said Thomas. "The players gave 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time."

Boise State will return to action Sunday, against UC Irvine at 2 p.m. MT. The Anteaters pulled off a double-overtime victory Friday, against San Jose State with a goal in the 110th minute. The Redhawks and Spartans will meet at 11 a.m. in the first match of the day.

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