BOISE, Idaho--Boise State's soccer team upset three-time defending Mountain West Conference champion San Diego State yesterday at the Boas Soccer Complex in Boise. It was the conference opener for both teams.
Coach Jim Thomas' team only landed two shots on goal, but they made them count. Baylee Blaser got the Broncos on the board in the 71st minute when she rebounded a 30-foot Brooke Heidemann shot that hit the post and put it in the net. The assist gave Heidemann her fourth of the season to set a career high. Michelle Reed added to the lead seven minutes later to make it 2-0. The Aztecs scored in the 85th minute but were unable to tie the game.
“We stuck to the game plan that we set out to execute,” said head coach Jim Thomas. “We knew that San Diego State, with all that pace, they come at you in waves. We knew that if we could survive that onslaught that comes at the start of matches and halves, we would be able to turn the screws a bit in the second half and that’s what we did.”
The freshman duo of Milan Moses and Leah Pruitt struck for San Diego State's goal when Pruitt fed a pass to Moses at the top of the penalty box. Moses then sent a shot from 12 yards out past Bronco keeper Janell Flores.
With the victory, Boise State became the first conference team to defeat the Aztecs (4-4, 0-1) in consecutive regular season meetings since UNLV and Utah did it in 2007 and 2008. Boise State also beat San Diego State last year. The Broncos are 3-4-3 on the season.
Boise State hosts New Mexico Sunday at 1 p.m.