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Broncos Drop Season-Opener in Double Overtime

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Boise, Idaho - The Boise State women's soccer team spanned the emotional scale in its season-opening loss to Montana, Friday, falling 4-3 in double overtime at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex.

The Grizzlies were the first to strike, getting on the board with a goal from Erin Craig just over 13 minutes into the game. The Broncos played from behind most of the first half until the 41st minute, when Chelsea Robinson took a corner kick that snuck through traffic at the top of the 18-yard box and arrived at the feet of sophomore Rebe Wolverton who blasted her second-career goal into the top-right corner of the net.

Boise State took the lead after an own goal by Montana in the 57th minute but the Grizzlies responded with two goals in a three-minute span, as Jaymie Brown and Britta Hjalmarsson finished in the 76th and 79th minute, respectively.

Time was winding down for the Broncos and it looked as if the Grizzlies would escape with a win until the home team conjured up some 90th-minute heroics. As the ball was floated into play off a Montana goal kick, Erica Parks elevated and sent a header back over the defensive line of the Grizzlies where Kati Lucas ran on to a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. Lucas took care of business and notched the third goal of her Boise State career with only 16 seconds left on the scoreboard.

 "I've been around this game long enough to know that the minute you get comfortable is the minute you get the ball jammed down your throat, so I wasn't comfortable at all after that goal," said head coach Steve Lucas. "I was just glad we had a chance to keep playing because I thought we had some momentum."

The Broncos did carry the momentum into the first overtime, taking two shots during the 10-minute period while holding the Grizzlies to zero attempts.

Neither team could capitalize on opportunities in the second overtime until the 108th minute. Montana's Paytyn Wheeler broke free and took a shot from the right side which was batted away by the diving Bronco goalkeeper, Liz Ruiz. The ball bounced across the field where India Watne was waiting and scored the game's final goal.

The Broncos will have a day off before facing the Pac-12's Oregon, Sunday at 2 p.m. The Ducks took down the Cowgirls of Wyoming Friday by a final of 2-0.

 "Oregon is a good team and we had some chances against them last year," said Lucas. "But right now it doesn't matter who we play Sunday, we just need to get ourselves sorted out and get better."

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