BOISE, Idaho (10/27/06) Boise State’s soccer team fell 1-0 in double-overtime to the Utah State Aggies on a controversial play in the 104th minute. The Broncos were called for a foul about 22 yards out from their goal to setup the controversy. The main point of the dispute came on the ensuing free kick. As the referee was backing the Broncos up 10-yards, as requested by the Aggies, he allowed Utah State’s Lacey Christenson to take the kick catching Boise State’s players off guard as they were being distracted by the official. As the kick was taken, many of the players from both teams were waiting for the officials whistle signaling for the kick which is required for the restart to take place. Instead of making Utah State retake the kick, the referee allowed it to stand giving the Aggies the sudden-victory win at Boise State’s Boas Tennis & Soccer Complex.
Until that point the match was evenly played throughout the contest as both teams tested each other. Neither team had many chances to score as the defenses stepped up to the challenge on a perfect day for soccer.
In the first half Boise State’s Brennan Lau had the lone shot on goal for the Broncos in the 15th minute but was denied by Utah State’s Ali Griffin in goal. The Aggies one chance in the opening period came five minutes later when the Broncos Kim Parker, starting goalkeeper, stopped a Charity Weston header at the 19:02 mark. Each team had three more chances to score but watched the shots sailed either high or wide as they went to halftime in a scoreless draw.
The second half was similar to the first with each team counter attacking down the flanks. Utah State had the better scoring opportunities in the period but failed to convert. Parker stopped all three of the Aggies shots on goal in the second half, while junior Melanie Bohnet had the Broncos’ lone shot on goal in the 65th minute. Boise State’s Erin Wofford had a chance two minutes earlier but sent her chance just left of goal.
The Aggies placed two shots towards goal in the final ten minutes of regulation but saw one deflect off the crossbar and Parker deny the other.
Boise State picked up the pressure in overtime and just missed on three chances that would have given them the win. In the 94th minute Brennan Lau ran onto the ball at the top of USU’s 18-yard box but fired a shot a yard wide left of goal. A minute and a half later she sent another shot just barely to the left in the 96th minute. Katie Keller had the last chance of the game for Boise State but sent the shot high of goal.
The first extra period ended scoreless to set the stage for the controversial ending in the second overtime. Lacey Christenson fired the free kick curving the ball over the Bronco defense and into the left post for the decisive score with 6:06 left in the match.
On the day Utah State had a slight edge in shots on goal by a five-to-two margin as the teams struggled to beat the defenses. The loss drops Boise State to 6-7-3 overall and 1-3-2 in WAC play, while Utah State improves to 9-7-2 overall and 4-0-2 in league.
The Aggies have already claimed a berth into next week’s WAC Tournament in Reno, Nevada. Boise State needed one win this weekend to ensure that they advance to next week. The Broncos are currently battling Hawaii, Idaho, and Louisiana Tech for the final two remaining berths to the tournament. Idaho and Louisiana Tech played to a 1-1 draw Friday afternoon in Moscow.
The Broncos can now advance to the WAC Tournament with two scenarios. First if they beat Louisiana Tech or Utah State defeats Idaho on Sunday they go automatically in either case. If Idaho defeats Utah State, Boise State then needs at least a tie against Louisiana Tech to advance over Idaho to the tournament.
Boise State host Louisiana Tech at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in the regular season finale and a berth to the WAC Tournament on the line. The Broncos will hold a brief pre-match ceremony honoring their six seniors playing in their final home game as Broncos. The seniors include: Kim Parker (Portland, Oregon), Molly McDonald (Maple Valley, Washington), Annie Tom (Mililani, Hawaii), and three native Boiseans in Kristin Hall, Brennan Lau, and Nicole Coleman.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Utah State vs Boise State (Oct 27, 2006 at Boise, Idaho)
Utah State (9-7-2, WAC 4-0-2) vs. Boise State (6-7-3, WAC 1-3-2)
Date: Oct 27, 2006 Attendance: 187
Weather: Sunny, 60 degrees
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Utah State.......... 0 0 0 1 - 1
Boise State......... 0 0 0 0 - 0
1. 103:54 USU Christenson, Lacey (unassisted) - Free kick from 22 yards out
Shots: Utah State 13, Boise State 10
Shots on goal: Utah State 5, Boise State 2
Saves: Utah State 2 (Griffin, Ali 2), Boise State 4 (Parker, Kim 4)