Guice's Late Goal Lifts No. 3 New Mexico Past No. 6 Boise State 2-1

 

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – New Mexico junior forward Lindsey Guice scored in the 88th minute to lift the No. 3 Lobos to a 2-1 victory over No. 6 Boise State in the opening round in the 2014 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Championship on Nov. 4 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

With the win, New Mexico advances to Thursday’s semifinal round and will take on No. 2 Wyoming. The Lobos (10-5-2), winners of four straight matches, defeated the Cowgirls 2-1 on Oct. 26 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Boise State ends its season with a 9-9-3 record.

The winning goal developed as New Mexico sophomore forward Ruth Bruciaga threaded a ball through the Boise State defense, sending a charging Guice towards the goal. A Boise State defender attempted to clear the ball away from danger but Guice was able to re-direct the ball into the back of the net to break the 1-1 deadlock.

New Mexico took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute when freshman midfielder Claire Lynch converted a penalty kick after Boise State was whistled for a handball. The goal was the first allowed by Boise State in 433:42 of action, as it entered the MW tournament having shut out its last four opponents.

The Broncos evened the match in the 32nd minute as freshman forward Dani Brown chipped in a great cross from sophomore defender Hailey DeVries. It was Brown’s fourth goal in the last 10 matches.

Boise State freshman goalkeeper Janelle Flores had several nice saves, including a dive across the net to turn away a New Mexico free kick. Cassie Ulrich finished with three saves for New Mexico.