Broncos Take Opener 2-1
Aug. 19, 2016

Final Stats

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's soccer opened the 2016 campaign with a 2-1 victory over Idaho State on a sun-soaked Friday evening at Boas Soccer Complex. Freshman Raimee Sherle arrived on the scene with a goal in the 36th minute to put the Broncos on top.

Boise State (1-0-0) would take a 2-0 lead in the 63rd minute, but the Bengals (0-1-0) answered with a 68th minute tally and kept the pressure on for the next 20 minutes. In the end, the Broncos clamped down defensively and never let Idaho State take a last gasp at goal.

"We had a great first half," said head coach Jim Thomas. "We've committed to getting goals this year. It took us a bit to figure out how we were going to go about that, but we had a lot of good moments attacking in that first half. What we need to do a better job of is learning to manage a game we're in control of and remain in control."

The Broncos' first goal of the year came as Sherle found herself on the ball 45 yards from goal with defenders swarming. She turned up field and charged toward the net, dancing between three Bengals before unleashing a rocket from a step outside the top of the box. The shot first sailed toward the right post before bending back to the middle and rising above the keeper but below the crossbar.

"Raimee's goal is the kind of goal we've seen a lot from her in training," said Thomas. "To be honest, she was unlucky to not get another one in the first half."

Sherle's goal marks the first time a true freshman has scored in the first half of a season opener since Shannon Saxton netted the first of her school-record 35 goals in the 22nd minute of her career.

Sophomore Eva Herrera headed home an insurance goal in the 63rd minute off a beautiful cross from Kayla Tucker. Herrera, who started the match on the back line, moved up to the top of the attack in the 59th minute. Just over three minutes later, Sarah Taylor slipped a ball to the left flank for Tucker to run on to. Without taking a touch, Tucker ripped a cross into the box right on top of Herrera's head and the sophomore put it away to the right post for the second goal of her career and eventual game winner.

The assist was the 12th of Tucker's career, moving the redshirt senior into a three-way tie for second all-time at Boise State. Taylor was also credited with an assist on the play.

Janelle Flores earned the win in net, making four saves, including three in the second half.

After Idaho State earned five corner kicks in the first 25 minutes, Boise State controlled the later stages of the first half and on the strength of Sherle's rocket took a 1-0 lead into the break.

Boise State improves to 15-0-2 under Thomas when leading at halftime, as well as 24-1-0 under Thomas when scoring multiple goals.

"Coming away with a win in the first action of the year is always great," said Thomas. "But we need to learn from it as well. You can never get too high or too low on the first 90 minutes of a season."

The Broncos will continue their season-opening home stand next weekend, hosting a tournament with San Jose State, Seattle and UC Irvine. Boise State will take on Seattle (Friday; 5 p.m.) and UC Irvine (Sunday; 2 p.m.) at Boas Soccer Complex.

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