Broncos Seize Opportunity in Portland
Sept. 10, 2017

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Boise State (4-3-1) pulled off a considerable feat on Sunday afternoon in defeating Portland (2-6-0) at Merlo Field by a score of 1-0 in Portland, Ore. The goal was a Treasure Valley connection as Raimee Sherle earned the score in the 71st minute off an assist from Aubree Chatterton.

The goal was Sherle's third of the season and 10th of her career while Chatterton's assist was good for the first point of her Bronco career.

Chatterton found a cutting Sherle and flicked a pass that the sophomore controlled at the top of the box and hit a well-paced shot directly at the Portland goalkeeper. While the keeper was able to get a hand on it, the shot's momentum overpowered the deflection and the ball trickled over the goal line before she had a chance to scramble back and make the clear.

"I just kind of hit the snot out of it and thankfully it went in," Sherle joked after the game on her goal.

"I'm really proud of our team," Chatterton added. "We have been talking a lot about getting the ball up. When the ball came to me I knew Raimee was going to make one of her runs, so I just flicked it on to her."

NCAA National Champions in 2002 and 2005 along with being 13-time WCC Champions, Portland has been the gold standard for women's collegiate soccer for the better part of the last three decades. The victory was the first contest between the Pilots and Broncos, and it marks just the fourth win over a WCC foe in program history.

"To come to Portland's house and beat a former national champion on their field is as big of a win as it gets," head coach Jim Thomas said after the game. "In our sport, the WCC is one of the best conferences in the country and is home to some of the best teams around, so to come in and beat them is a tremendous achievement by our team."

Boise State was undeterred by the Pilots' storied history and went on to outshoot (13-9) and place more shots on goals (6-2) than the hosts.

Madi Campbell -- a local of nearby Tualatin, Ore. -- got the Broncos off to a fast start with a header that went just high of the goal off a corner from Allegra Weeks in the 2nd minute, and Sherle continued the pressure with a shot on goal shortly after in the 4th.

Eva Herrera and Sherle both got off shots in the next 10 minutes as Boise State largely controlled the first half. The Pilots threatened to get on the board with a looping ball in the 45th minute that almost snuck into the goal after hitting the post, but goalkeeper Tara Fisher quickly hopped on the ball to get the visitors into the half with a 0-0 game.

Boise State started the half off strong and Sherle earned the best of chance of the day in the 57th minute. With only the keeper to beat at roughly 12 yards out, Sherle put a shot past the reach of the UP keeper, but the ball went off the left post and preserved the 0-0 game.

Michelle Reed hammered a shot off the crossbar in the 70th in another near miss chance, but the Broncos broke through shortly after in the 71st off the Sherle-Chatterton connection.

Portland mounted a threatening final 15 minutes that almost resulted in a goal, but the Bronco defense held and preserved the 1-0 victory. Fisher earned the shutout -- the second of her career and her first of the season.

Boise State will play one game next weekend on Friday, Sept. 15 (7 p.m.) at Weber State to close out the nonconference slate.


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