Broncos Dominate Lobos, Earn 3-0 Win
Sept. 29, 2017
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State (7-4-1, 2-1 MW) saw three different players score in a convincing 3-0 victory over New Mexico (7-4, 2-1 MW) Friday evening at the Boas Soccer Complex. Raimee Sherle (35’), McKenna Kynett (36’) and Jessie Vogel (82’) all scored to secure the dominating win that puts the Broncos in a tie for third place in the Mountain West Standings.
Most notably, however, was Janelle Flores’ performance in net that gave her the 17th shutout of her career to tie the school record. The senior was sensational all evening in making eight saves and directing the Bronco defense against a normally potent New Mexico attack.
“It’s remarkable what she’s done over the course of her career,” head coach Jim Thomas said after the game. “I think people underrate what she’s capable of. It’s one thing to make 10 saves where you should make the save on each shot, but if you make one save where everything else has failed, that’s game changing stuff, and that’s essentially been her career.”
Flores is now even with Liz Ruiz (2008-11) in the Bronco record book. With eight games remaining on the schedule, the Hesperia, Calif., native will have several attempts to claim the record outright.
“I didn’t learn about that until a couple days ago, but I didn’t want to think about it,” Flores said in referring to the school record for career shutouts. “I just wanted to come out and win, that was the plan. I’m just so thankful. To be amongst a goalkeeper like Liz Ruiz, a phenomenal goalkeeper, it’s nuts – I’m just very grateful. I’m very honored to represent the Blue and Orange.”
The 3-0 result marks just the second win over New Mexico in program history, and the first since 2013. The Bronco victory also snaps a four-game win streak for the Lobos – a team who was atop the conference at the beginning of the day.
“I was expecting us to play very well today,” Thomas said. “We were very disappointed with the San Jose State game. Everyone was aware that was not the performance that’s reflective of what we are capable of.”
“New Mexico has also been a bogey team for us. We’ve lost to them a lot. It’s a tremendous victory for us, and I think it makes a statement of what our intentions are this year.”
Sherle also broke a school record of her own on Friday, as well, with her goal counting as the game-winning goal. With now 10 career and six on the season, the sophomore now holds both the career and single-season school record for game-winning goals. She also continues to lead the NCAA in the category.
The goal in the 35th minute came off a Bronco throw in when Falon Miller headed the ball to the top of the box where Sherle received the pass and spun around to her right to unleash a shot past the keeper to the upper left corner of the goal.
The Blue and Orange doubled their lead just over a minute later when Kynett put home her second goal of the season in the 36th. Boise State put a ball into the box and the Lobo keeper failed to strike the ball solidly on her punch attempt, leaving the ball in front of the goal for a crashing Kynett to hammer the ball into the back of the net.
Boise State carried the 2-0 lead into the half and immediately was tested by a New Mexico squad with renewed aggression early on in the second period.
Flores would make all eight of her saves in the second half. Saves in the 53rd and 69th required quick-reacting dives that wowed the crowd and most importantly preserved the two-goal advantage.
Boise State shut the door on any chance for a Lobo comeback when Vogel scored in the 82nd minute. The visitors were unable to clear the ball in what was another messy situation in front of the net, and Vogel made them pay when she gathered a high header and calmly finished to the left side of the net to make it a 3-0 game.
The Broncos edged New Mexico in both shots (20-16) and shots on goal (10-8). Sherle led all players with seven shots.
The Broncos will return to the Boas Soccer Complex and take on preseason Mountain West favorite San Diego State on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. Sunday’s match will also be Breast Cancer Awareness day at the pitch – fans who wear pink will received a discounted $3 admission. There also will be a breast cancer survivor recognition at halftime.
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