Bronco Comeback Falls Short at SJSU
Sept. 24, 2017

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Boise State (6-4-1, 1-1 MW) made a late charge in the last five minutes of the game led by an Aubree Chatterton goal in the 88th minute, but ultimately came up short against San Jose State (5-4, 2-0 MW), falling 2-1. The Broncos were undone by Spartan goals that came from a pair of corner kicks within 90 seconds of each other in the 57th and 58th minutes.

The loss snaps a three-game win streak for the Broncos. The three-game win streak was the first since 2014 when the Broncos rattled off four-straight wins in late October. The result also was the first true road loss for the Blue and Orange this season (4-1-1).

Chatterton scored in the 88th when Raimee Sherle chipped a pass over the Spartan defense where Chatterton engaged in a foot race with two San Jose State defenders for the ball. The freshman used her speed and put one touch on it before sliding ahead to poke the ball past the keeper and into the right side of the net.

The goal was the first of her collegiate career, bringing her season point total to three.

The comeback effort simply didn’t have enough time remaining as the Broncos were able to get the ball back into the final third, but couldn’t get off a shot in the last two minutes.

The Spartan lead was built with similar goals in that they were both corner kicks that weren’t scored on the first touch, but rather were products of scrums in the box where Boise State was unable to immediately clear the ball.

The Spartans’ Jennifer Orozco scored in the 57th when the corner came and Janelle Flores was inadvertently taken to the ground in the scrum, leaving a wide-open lane for Orozco to score. The second goal came shortly after in the 58th when the ball bounced out to Dorthe Hoppius at the top of the box which she finished with a low shot to the right post.

The Broncos were outshot 23-7 with Flores making a season-high eight saves.

The first 45 minutes was highlighted by two shots from Kristina Serres, one of which was just right of the goal – the Broncos’ best chance of the first half. Sherle had a good look in the 45th minute, but her shot from the top of the box also hooked right of the goal.

Serres and Sherle both tallied a team-high two shots.

The Broncos will now return to the Boas Soccer Complex for a four-match homestand. Next weekend they will first host New Mexico on Friday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. and then welcome San Diego State on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

Fans may purchase tickets on at the Boas Soccer Complex on the day of the games. Fans also have the option to purchase a Bronco Sports Pass for $75 that gives access to all regular season home games for volleyball, soccer, women’s basketball, gymnastics, outdoor track and field and softball.

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