After nearly 80 minutes of scoreless soccer, Boise State’s Shannon Schueren calmly glided one past Arizona State’s Chandler Morris in the Broncos’ 2-0 win Friday in Tempe.
Schueren showed no reaction in taking the pass from Rebe Wolverton in the 78th minute for her second goal of the season.
Sun Devil senior midfielder Holland Crook was taken down in front of the Boise State goal with 2:46 remaining, giving her a penalty kick and a final breath to tie it. She bounced it off the defenders, grasped the rebound and hit the top crossbar.
With the game decidedly over, Boise State sophomore midfielder Brooke Heideman scored with one second left in the open field on an Anna Pompa assist, as the Broncos improved to 5-2-2. It was Heideman’s fifth of the year.
“I thought our back line matched them for large portions of the game,” Broncos coach Jim Thomas said. “From a fitness standpoint, they wore down a little bit and that helped us. We got through the heat, it was hot for us at the start. When they hit the crossbar, I put my stomach in my mouth. We really kept our composure, and we did a really good job of sealing what was a really nice win on the road for us.”
The Sun Devils (5-3) had their two best chances to score in the first half, initially on a Sara Tosti cornerkick and secondly when Devin Marshall sailed one over the net.
“We definitely had chances the whole game, but I didn’t think our effort was good enough,” ASU coach Kevin Boyd said. “I didn’t think our quality was lacking, our effort was, and the team feels the same way, we lacked energy and passion.”
Morris made six saves for ASU, while Maddy McDevitt made the same amount for Boise State.
“It’s disappointing, but we have a lot of other goals for the season,” Morris said.
The Sun Devils return home at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 to face USC in its conference opener. The Broncos, who also won at Washington and tied Washington State, are at Baylor Sunday, before the Mountain West schedule begins.
“We talk every single day about the next layer for the next game,” Thomas said. “If we get a little bit better, we have a chance to win the next game. I’m proud of our team and our development.”