Mustangs Slip By Broncos
Sept. 1, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho – The Broncos (2-2-1) had their chances Friday evening against Cal Poly (2-2-1), but the Mustangs were able to score early on in the 15th minute to capture the 1-0 win. Boise State outshot the Mustangs 12-10, but couldn’t capitalize on a handful of good opportunities late in the game.

“We never gave up,” senior defender Jessie Vogel said after the game. “We had plenty of opportunities, but today was the first game that we went three in the back and put another up top, and I thought we did really well in the last 10 minutes trying to get the ball forward as much as we could.”

The game started off in the Broncos’ favor, as Raimee Sherle almost found the back of the net just 44 seconds into the game, but her well-struck shot went just wide of the goal. Both sides went on to settle in, and Cal Poly became especially dangerous with three shots between the 4th and 8th minutes of the game.

The Mustangs broke through in the 15th when Emily Hansen slipped a pass past the Bronco backline, finding a streaking Jessica Johnson with only Flores to beat. The 10-yard shot was too short of a distance for Flores to react in time, giving Cal Poly the 1-0 lead.

“We had an unfortunate giveaway in the midfield and it unbalanced us a little bit,” Vogel explained in recounting the goal. “From there they just slipped in a ball behind and she obviously had a great shot on goal. We could have defended it a little bit better, but it was a nice shot by her.”

Boise State regrouped offensively in the next 10 minutes as Eva Herrera put a shot on goal and Sarah Taylor ripped an opportunity left of the net. The Mustangs almost found the scoreboard again late in the first half, but the Bronco defense held and kept it a one-goal game with 45 minutes to play.

The Blue and Orange were the aggressors in the first 15 minutes of the second half with Sherle and Michelle Reed providing legitimate chances. Cal Poly did just enough to negate those opportunities to maintain the lead.

Sherle got loose on a long pass in the 82nd minute and fired a shot that hit the top half of the crossbar and careened over the net – the closest chance of the night for Boise State. Taylor put another shot on goal in the 87th, but Cal Poly’s Sophia Brown made the save to end the Bronco threat.

Boise State will welcome Oklahoma on Sunday, Sept. 3 for a 2 p.m. game back at the Boas Soccer Complex later this weekend. Oregon will square off against Cal Poly earlier that day at 11 a.m.

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