Reno, Nev. For the second time in less than a week, San Jose State and Boise State faced off on the soccer field, and for the second straight match, Boise State scored in the last 10 minutes to beat the Spartans, 2-1.
Last Sunday, the match was in Boise, Idaho, and today they faced off in Reno, Nev., the opening round of the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament.
The first chance for the Spartans came at the 10:07 mark. Shanelle Furner took a corner to the far post. Jessica Ingram got a touch, and Emmy Belding took a shot that hit the crossbar and went over the net.
In the 20th minute forward Katie Bonadies hit a cross from the right side that forward Danielle Drago shot toward the near post but was blocked by a defender.
In the 28th minute Bonadies got free with the ball down the right side, split two defenders and blasted a shot from just outside the penalty box that went high.
The Spartans got off just two shots and the Broncos four as the half ended in a, 0-0, tie.
At the 52:49 mark, Boise State got the first goal of the contest off a corner by Janelle Jin that Brandy Hickcox shot to the far post to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
The Spartans got the equalizer in the 62nd minute when forward Hallsie Pacheco played a ball through the back line to Belding. Belding lobbed the ball over the Bronco keeper into the open net to tie the score, 1-1.
Less than two minutes later, Roxy Kamal played a similar ball to Belding, but this time the Bronco keeper made a sliding save to keep the game tied.
In the 81st minute, Boise State’s Chelsea Robinson hit a cross from the right side that Andrea Huerta headed to the near post, under Spartan keeper Sarah Wisotsky to give Boise State the lead again at 2-1. The Broncos would not relinquish the lead and the loss ended the Spartans season at 5-11-4.
“Everyone left everything they had out on the field,” said Belding. “With a couple of bounces our way and it could have been a different result. We started out the year as a young and inexperienced team, but we have learned to work together on and off the field. Today we played better together than any time in the year.”
Offensively the Spartans were led by Belding (2 shots, 1 on-goal, 1 goal), Lauren Ng-Pinkerton and Bonadies (2 shots), Pacheco (1 assist) and Lauren Sanchez (1 shot).
In goal, Wistosky, making her second start of the year, made four saves.
Two seniors, Kaila Waitley and Lauren Moniz, played their last collegiate match on Thursday.
“I had a great experience playing at San Jose State,” said Waitley. “I hope everyone on the team has as good an experience in their four years as I have had. This year has been awesome. We have really come together as a team, and I am really proud of everyone.
“It is really tough to walk off the field for the last time,” she added. “I have played since I was six, but I am ready for the next chapter in my life and wish the best for all the girls.”
San Jose State (5-11-4) 0 1 -- 1
Boise State (11-7-2) 0 2 -- 2
BSU Brandy Hickcox (1) (Janelle Jin), 52:49
SJSU Emmy Belding (8) (Hallsie Pacheco), 61:50
BSU Andrea Huerta (1) Chelsea Robinson), 80:28
SJSU 4 (Sarah Wisotsky-4)
BSU 0 (Jennifer Burns-0)