BOISE, Idaho - In its second-straight double overtime match, the Boise State women's soccer team once again emerged victorious, defeating Fresno State 2-1 with a goal from senior Lauren Hickok in the 103rd minute, Friday.
Hickok scored after receiving a pass in the middle of Fresno State's 18-yard box, dodged a charging goalkeeper with a touch that sent the ball out away from her feet but was able to get to the loose ball before a Bulldog defender and sent her third goal of the season into the back of the net. The goal also marked the second game-winning goal of the season for Hickok on a night she tied Lindsay Roberts on the Boise State all-time list for most career starts with 79.
Boise State started in a 1-0 hole after Fresno State's Megan Mossman scored just before the half at the 41-minute mark. Teammate Lauren Lindstrom sent a long ball from midfield that bounced through the Bronco defense where Mossman found herself one-on-one with goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt. Mossman slipped the ball passed McDevitt's left side and in.
Meridian, Idaho native, Brooke Heidemann, scored the team's 1-1 equalizer in the 71st minute for her second-consecutive match with a goal. Heidemann put away the team's game-winner against Wyoming in the 110th minute last weekend. Today's goal came from 20 yards out on the right side, sending an arching ball over the keeper's hands and into the upper corner.
The come-from-behind win was the first for the Broncos this season.
Boise State continued its trend of surging after halftime, now 16 of the team's 20 goals have come in the second half or later.
The Broncos were outshot 9-6 in the first half but came out more aggressive in the second half with an 8-4 advantage in the second stanza and outshot FSU 4-2 in overtime. Not only was Boise State getting shots, but it put 8-of-18 shots on goal.
The Orange and Blue will take on UNLV, Sunday. The fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Those who wear pink will receive a reduced-price ticket while for $4. Fans who bring their ticket from Saturday's football game against UNLV will get in free.
The win goes a long way in the conference standings, as now the Broncos only need a loss or tie from Wyoming to clinch a Mountain West Tournament berth.