Broncos and Falcons Play to 1-1 Draw
Oct. 6, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho – Boise State (7-5-2, 2-2-1 MW) fought tooth and nail for the three points on Friday night against Air Force (6-4-2, 3-0-2 MW), but the match ended in a 1-1 tie, awarding one point to both sides. The Broncos outshot (25-16) and put more shots on goal (11-7) than the conference-leading Falcons, but couldn’t find the golden goal in either overtime periods.

Freshman Aubree Chatterton scored her second goal of the season in the 56th minute off a rebound from a Michelle Reed shot. Reed fired a left-footed shot from the top of the box where the Air Force goalkeeper made the diving save, and Chatterton was there to poke the rebound into the back of the net to give the Broncos the 1-0 lead.

The Falcons found the equalizer in the 79th minute when Jillian Jamero scored after making a run down the center of the field and blasted a shot from 25 yards to make it a 1-1 game.

Neither team was able to score in the final 11 minutes of regulation, sending the game into overtime. The Broncos came out strong in the first overtime period as Reed, Chatterton and Sherle all had good chances, but were unable to convert.

The second overtime brought about the most controversial play of the game, as Boise State thought it won the game off a goal from Sherle in the 109th minute. Sherle was able to reclaim the ball at the top of the box after a Falcon defender lost control and finessed a shot right post past the keeper, but the official determined that Sherle was offsides, therefore negating the goal.

“It’s a cruel game at times, but I couldn’t ask for any more from my players,” head coach Jim Thomas said “The intent they gave in that second period of the game and the overtimes, they were so tough. (They were) beaten up, injured and they dug in. That’s the heart of the Broncos, so you need to be proud of that.”

The Broncos were led by Chatterton with nine shots – four of which were on goal. Sherle was right behind her with seven shots, and Janelle Flores tallied five saves in net for the Blue and Orange.

The biggest task for Boise State at this point will be to recover and heal up from what was an extremely physical and demanding contest between two of the league’s elite teams. The Broncos will return to Boas on Sunday, Oct. 8 to take on Colorado College at noon.

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