Own Goal Trips Up Broncos
Aug. 18, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho - The Broncos (0-1-0) showed determination throughout their season-opening match on Friday evening against Montana (1-0-0) at the Recreation Turf Field, but were unable to bounce back from an own goal in the 35th minute that proved to be the difference maker in a 1-0 defeat.

The Grizzlies crossed the ball into the box from the right side and a Bronco defender made an attempt to clear the ball, but failed to strike it cleanly and misdirected the ball into the back of the net. The bad break unfortunately decided a match that was largely a defensive battle with neither side earning many quality opportunities.

Raimee Sherle led the way for the Broncos with four shots - one of which was on goal - and almost began the contest with an early score in the third minute. The sophomore got loose at the top of the box and fired a well-struck ball that Montana's Claire Howard was just able to get a hand on, sending the shot careening over the goal.

Sherle again had another decent opportunity in the 40th on a breakaway, but used one too many touches to eliminate the available angle, preserving the 1-0 Montana lead going into the half.

Emily Curry had the best chance of the second half on the right side of the box in the 65th minute, but her shot just rolled past the left post. Michelle Reed hammered a ball from 30 yards out in the 85th that initially had a chance, and unfortunately rocketed by three feet high of the crossbar.

With the loss, Boise State drops to 7-4 in home season-opening games. The Blue and Orange will look to quickly shake off the result as they welcome Southern Utah on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. back at the Recreation Turf Field.

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