SEATTLE -- Washington women’s soccer dropped another heartbreaker on Sunday, falling 1-0 to Boise State in front of a nice crowd at the Husky Soccer Stadium. The Broncos scored in the eighth minute and held on from there, thwarting a flurry of Husky chances late in the second half.
Washington outshot Boise State, 13-10, including six on goal to just three for the Broncos. The Dawgs also took 10 corners to just three for Boise State as the majority of the possession was in Washington’s attacking half.
Despite the Washington pressure, it was Boise that scored the lone goal. After a ball bounced around in the box, Kelli Drobney controlled with her back to the goal and dropped the ball to Brooke Heidemann who one-timed it past Husky goalkeeper Megan Kufeld.
The goal changed the game as Boise State could play from in front, despite just 7:57 ticking off the clock.
Boise State ramped up the defense, holding the Dawgs to just five shots in the first half. Two of Washington’s first half shot came from Allie Beahan and were on goal. She forced Boise State keeper Maddy McDevitt into a pair of nice saves.
After the half, Washington slowly took control, pressuring the Broncos and get the ball to Boise State defensive third over and over. The Dawgs took 10 corners in the second half, mostly coming from the right side as Farrell would send inswingers into the box, but Boise State did a nice job in the air, heading the crosses out of trouble.
As time ticked off the clock, Washington began to push more players forward and put the pressure on the Boise defense. Lindsay Elston had near breakaway opportunity with the Bronco defender running on her shoulder pushing the UW senior just wide. She dribbled to the 18-yard box and drilled a shot on frame, but McDevitt made the save.
Moments later, Elston had another opportunity after drawing a foul just outside the box. Elston lined up the free kick, but drove it low and into the Boise State wall.
Despite the Huskies best efforts, Boise State was able to make just enough defense plays to keep the clean sheet. McDevitt earned the shutout after making six saves.
At the other end, Kufeld made two saves and did a nice job of coming out and cutting off a couple of other Boise State chances.
The loss dropped Washington to 1-3-0, while Boise State improved to 2-1-0. The Dawgs will next head down I-5 to participate in Portland’s tournament next weekend. Washington faces ACC power No. 10 Wake Forest on Friday at 4:30 p.m., followed by Central Michigan on Sunday at noon. Both games will be played at the University of Portland’s Merlo Field.