Sherle's Goal Lifts Broncos over Sooners
Sept. 3, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho
– Boise State (3-2-1) earned a program-defining win Sunday afternoon at the Boas Soccer Complex, defeating Oklahoma (1-4-1) by a score of 1-0 in what was the team’s first victory over a Big 12 program in school history. Raimee Sherle tallied the game-winning goal in the 61st minute to give the Broncos their third win of the season.

The lone goal of the game came in the 61st when Addison Standlee blasted a pass over the top of the Sooner backline where Raimee Sherle perfectly timed her run for a clean breakaway. The sophomore tracked down the pass and hit a beautiful chip shot from 18 yards out over the outstretched arms of the Oklahoma keeper to put the Broncos on the board.

“Addy had the ball in the back, so it was a flashback to our high school days,” Sherle recounted, as both her and Standlee are local products of Rocky Mountain High School. “She saw me kind of flare out and she knew to play it long. I flared out and just ran out to it – it was a beautiful pass.”

The victory also was just the third win ever over a team from a Power Five conference in program history, as the Broncos also tallied wins against Washington and Arizona State in 2013 – head coach Jim Thomas’ first year at the helm.

Big picture – if we can win games like that, that’s a big arrow in our quiver that Boise State hasn’t ever had,” Thomas said after the game. “I feel like my first year here, we had a group of girls that were really steeled in those moments. Since then, we’ve improved so much as a program, as a team, as a group of athletes, every facet. But we’ve never really shown that level of steel. Today we showed that level of steel. Now we know we have it in us.”

The Broncos were the aggressors throughout the first half, as Sarah Taylor started out the game with a good chance in the 2nd minute that just went high over the net. While the Broncos’ relentless pursuit in the first 45 minutes didn’t result in a goal, it produced the turning point in the game.

After Boise State won back the ball in the middle of the field in the 35th minute, the ball was played to a streaking Emily Curry with 30 yards to cover and just the keeper to beat. Oklahoma’s Paige Welch desperately grabbed Curry in an effort to stop her sprint, and the grab with nothing but open field ahead merited a red card from the official to Welch, putting the Sooners with 10 players for the remainder of the game.

Thomas alluded to the remarkable effort from his team when the conditions could have provided reasons for fatigued play.

“Today in hotter conditions there was supposed to be more fatigue, but they showed that their energy can still be there. A lot of that comes from emotion. Sometimes we’re a little scared to let that out, and it’s a little embarrassing to show that out there. Every one of our girls today was not scared to let their emotions carry them through their fatigue.”

Fueled by emotion and a disappointing 1-0 loss to Cal Poly on Friday, the Broncos carried the momentum from the Sooner red card into the second half.

After being called for offsides three times over the course of the first 10 minutes of the second half, Boise State finally found the opportunity they had been looking for when Standlee found Sherle over the top in the 61st minute to make it a 1-0 game.

The Blue and Orange withstood an intense OU onslaught for the next 30 minutes, resulting in a pair of saves for Janelle Flores – who earned her first shutout the year – and the Broncos did just enough to keep the 1-0 advantage.

“I think it brings us confidence into our season,” Sherle said on the win. “We feel really confident. We have great chemistry and we’re ready for the season. We’re ready for conference play and we’re ready to take it on, and hopefully end up in a Mountain West Championship.”

The Broncos will hit the road for Portland, Ore. next weekend with a neutral match on Friday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. (MT) against Washington, and then a true road match on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. (MT) against Portland.


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