Broncos Explode for Five Goals in Win
Aug. 20, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho – Boise State (1-1-0) put forth an offensive explosion Sunday afternoon against Southern Utah (0-2-0) at the recreation turf field, routing the Thunderbirds by a score of 5-1. Baylee Blaser (42’ and 76’) scored twice to lead the way, as Sarah Taylor (27’), Raimee Sherle (41’) and McKenna Kynett (78’) also found the back of the net.

The five-goal outburst marks the first time the Broncos have scored five goals in a match since Oct. 8, 2010 (6-0 win over New Mexico State). It also is just the 10th five-goal game in program history, as well.

 “I feel like the opportunity we have to represent this city and this university is unique,” head coach Jim Thomas said. “We are very prideful of every moment we wear the Blue and Orange, and I felt like we missed an opportunity to express that pride on Friday. So bouncing back today was less about how we played, but more about showing pride to our university and our community. I’m proud of how our players showed their respect in the way that they played today.”

The Blue and Orange grabbed control of the game in a 15-minute span midway through the first half. After Southern Utah got on the board first with a goal from Payton Wells in the third minute, the Broncos went on to score three goals in the 27th, 41st and 42nd minutes.

Taylor struck first in the 27th when Jessie Vogel sent a free kick into the Thunderbird wall roughly 25 yards out, but Taylor was quick to grab the deflection and move to the left side of the box for a good angle on a well-struck ball to make it a 1-1 game.

Sherle used an opportune moment to steal a pass from the Southern Utah defense and added a couple touches for a 10-yard shot that whistled past the Thunderbird keeper to make it 2-1 in the 41st. The third Bronco goal was the product of a nice pass from Kynett that set up Blaser for a shot from a few yards out that SUU’s Caylie Hartman initially made a nice save on, but was unable to keep the Boise, Idaho native from blasting home the rebound to increase the lead to 3-1 at the half.

“I think that we got our first-game jitters out of the way (on Friday) and we knew that we couldn’t continue the season like that,” Taylor commented. “It was a team collective – just the way we were talking to each other on the field and we knew we had each other’s backs.”

After a relatively uneventful first 30 minutes of the second half, the Blue and Orange unleashed another offensive flurry with goals from Blaser and Kynett coming within three minutes of each other. Blaser scored in the 76th thanks to a beautiful find from Emily Curry that simplified Blaser’s 10-yard shot to give her the first multi-goal game of her Bronco career. Kynett found the scoring column shortly after when a cross from Sherle resulted in a left-footed tap-in goal for the sophomore – good for the first goal of her Bronco career.

The last time Boise State had a game with four different scorers was Oct. 9, 2015 (4-0 win over UNLV). The Broncos also move to a perfect 4-0-0 in Thomas’ tenure when scoring four or more goals.

“We just have to remember this good feeling, but also remember how it felt after the Montana game,” Blaser said in looking ahead to next weekend. “We need to go into our next two games with both feelings in mind, and just keep the momentum going.”

The team will face in-state opponents Idaho and Idaho State next weekend in two road contest. The Idaho match will take place in Moscow on Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. while the Idaho State match in Pocatello will take place on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m.

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