Late Heroics Lift Broncos to Win
Sept. 25, 2016
BOISE, Idaho - It took 28 shots and extra time, but Boise State women's soccer claimed a 2-1 win Sunday, against Colorado State to improve to 2-0 in Mountain West play for the first time since joining the conference. Hailey DeVries delivered an 84th-minute penalty kick to send the match to overtime where Raimee Sherle secured the win with a dazzling goal in the 97th.
"What a special player that Raimee Sherle is," said head coach Jim Thomas. "That's a goal you only dream of. It was an absolute beauty to win it. It's a lot to expect a player to beat three people, but the more you watch her play the more you expect to see her do it."
In the seventh minute of the extra period Sherle delivered her second game-winning goal of the weekend. The freshman dribbled through traffic down the left side of the box until it was just her and the keeper near the end line. Sherle unfurled a sidewinding shot from an impossible angle that snuck under the goalie gloves and curled inside the far post for the golden goal.
Boise State (3-7-1, 2-0-0 MW) now sits atop the Mountain West standings after one weekend of conference play. San Diego State, San Jose State and Utah State also went 2-0 to open the MW slate. The Broncos finished the nonconference portion of their schedule with a 1-7-1 record and on an eight-game winless streak. Now they already have more conference wins than nonconference wins and the group that never gave up is believing in themselves more than ever.
"We were tired of losing," said Sherle. "We have been practicing so hard. We want to win so bad. We want conference. The seven losses are in the past and now it's all conference. We're 2-0 so that's a good start."
"We have lost a lot of games this year and if we're going to get over that we have to use the lessons we've learned to help us out in conference." Thomas said. "We've come from behind in games before. We've been in overtime before. We've found ways to score before. We're drawing on our experiences right now and it's gotten us off to a great start in conference."
Boise State owned possession for much of the match, but could not capitalize on its numerous looks until the late stages. The Broncos took 13 shots in the first half and put six on goal plus a strike off the crossbar. None of them found the back of the net as Colorado State goalkeeper Paige Brandt made three saves, but even when Boise State had Brandt beat the Ram back line made three team saves.
The Broncos set season highs for shots (28), shots on goal (13) and corner kicks (nine). The 28 shots are tied for fifth-most in a match in school history and the most since taking 37 at North Dakota, Sept. 15, 2013. The nine corner kicks are also the most since taking 13 in the same North Dakota match.
Despite the gaudy statistics on the Boise State end of the box score, Colorado State (2-7-1, 0-2-0 MW) struck first. A short corner kick led to a cross into the box. After glancing off a couple of bodies, the ball settled at the feet of Kaija Ornes 12 yards out from goal. Ornes turned outside and lifted a shot just between the outstretched arms of Boise State goalkeeper Janelle Flores and the bottom of the crossbar.
It was the Rams' second shot on goal in the match, but it was good enough to put them on top. CSU managed just two more shots on goal in the match and Flores stopped them both.
With the Broncos still trailing 1-0 in the 84th minute, Baylee Blaser forced the issue. Blaser settled a pass and made a hard charge toward the net. As she stepped into the box she was met by a late challenge and knocked to the ground.
The Broncos were awarded a penalty kick and DeVries stepped up. The senior drove the shot into the lower left corner to tie the match. It is the second goal of the defender's career, both coming on penalty kicks. DeVries is the fourth Bronco in program history to make multiple penalty kicks in her career.
Boise State continued to push in the final stages of regulation. Colorado State staved off the pressure through the 90th minute but could not keep the Broncos down in overtime.
Sherle took nine shots in the match, matching the second most in school history. Sarah Taylor added five shots, including three on one sequence in the first half. Taylor was denied by the crossbar in the 30th minute, but controlled the rebound and fired two more shots that were stopped by defenders near the goal line and eventually cleared away.
The Broncos will hit the road next weekend to take on Colorado College (Friday, 3 p.m. MT) and Air Force (Sunday, noon MT). The Tigers and Falcons both went 1-1 on the opening weekend of conference play.
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