Standlee’s header gives Boise State early lead in Mountain West semifinals
The Boise State women’s soccer team went from elation to devastation in a matter of a few hours Thursday night.
After taking an early lead in their Mountain West Tournament semifinal against San Jose State, the top-seeded Broncos left Spartan Soccer Complex in San Jose, California, in stunned disbelief when the No. 4 Spartans pulled off a 4-3 upset on penalty kicks.
The teams played to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two 10-minute overtimes.
“What a great game tonight,” San Jose State coach Lauren Hanson told the Mountain West Network. “Two good teams and I just thought (Boise State) played their hearts out. Props to them. I thought they had a wonderful season and they are an amazing team, but I am proud of our team.
“We created our chances. Luck didn’t fall our way in regular time, but it definitely did in PKs.”
Senior center back Addison Standlee put Boise State ahead 1-0 with a header in the 21st minute off a corner kick from fellow senior Allegra Weeks. It was just the second goal of Standlee’s career and the first since she was a freshman in 2015.
A Boise State handball in the box just before halftime resulted in a San Jose State penalty kick, which junior midfielder Gabriela Herrera converted in the 43rd minute for the 1-1 tie.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second half or either overtime, sending the semifinal to penalty kicks.
Raimee Sherle, McKenna Kynett and Eva Herrera made the Broncos’ first three PKs, and senior keeper Tara Fisher made a save on the Spartans’ second PK attempt to put Boise State ahead 3-2.
But San Jose State’s Gabriella Hurtado and Darriell Franklin each converted in rounds four and five, and Spartans keeper Paige Simoneau made back-to-back stops on Boise State’s Emily Curry and Mikayla Schachtell to steal the win.
The fifth and final round was a face-off between former teammates, as Schachtell and Simoneau both played for Santiago High in Corona, California. In 2015 as a freshman, Simoneau helped the Spartans win Mountain West semifinal and championship matches by stopping a total of four penalty kicks.
“I actually enjoy (PKs),” Simoneau said. “It’s a thrill a little bit. Just to know if I do stop one, the team is super hyped for me regardless of if we win or lose.”
San Jose State (9-6-5) will play No. 3 New Mexico (13-5-2) in the Mountain West final at 8 p.m. MT on Saturday.
The loss brings one of Boise State’s best seasons in program history to an abrupt end. The Broncos finish 13-4-3 overall, tying for the most wins in program history.