Flores Saves Day
Oct. 7, 2016


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BOISE, Idaho - Janelle Flores delivered arguably the finest goalkeeping performance in program history Friday, to get Boise State a result against San José State in a 0-0 double-overtime draw. Flores faced 25 shots and made a career-high 11 saves to keep her third clean sheet in five conference matches.

"Janelle was unreal today," said head coach Jim Thomas. "That was the kind of extraordinary performance we were going to need today. I couldn't be more proud of the way they just found a way. It wasn't our greatest performance, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't get points out of it. That doesn't mean we shouldn't keep a shutout. That's what we did today."

The 11 saves are the most in a shutout in Boise State history and the most in any match since 2010. In a match that pitted two teams tied at the top of the Mountain West standings, there was a little extra motivation for Flores.

In last season's meeting between the two teams Flores was forced out of the match in the 61st minute after a collision that resulted in a yellow card on the Spartans. The goalkeeper was taken to the hospital and San Jose State rallied from a 1-0 deficit to come away with a 2-1 overtime victory.

"We have a little bit of history with San Jose State," said Flores. "It's not a revenge thing, but I had something to prove. I wanted to play the whole game and I wanted to shut them out. All I wanted to do was shut them down."

Flores made four saves in the first half, including three on full-extension dives to her right. The final save of the half came four seconds before the horn and kept the match tied headed into intermission. Six second-half saves included three more all-out dives.

In the 87th minute the Spartans had their best opportunity. Dorthe Hoppius fired from just beyond the middle of the 18-yard box and Flores dove to her left to make the save near the post. She batted the ball out of the air and right to the feet of Maricruz Chapa who one-timed the rebound. Flores had already popped back up to her feet and put herself in position to save the point-blank second chance and silence the chance.

"I honestly don't know," said Flores of how she was able to keep the rebound opportunity out of the net. "I just didn't want it to go in. I saw her square up that rebound and I knew I had to get my body in front of it. I didn't want them to score, that was my motivation."

San José State outshot the Broncos 25-6, including a 17-2 advantage in the second half and overtime. Boise State earned five corner kicks in the first half, but did not have another the rest of the match.

"That was a very tough game for us," said Thomas. "San Jose State is a brilliant team. To see the movement they bring at you, it's very difficult to not get undone. Allegra, Addy and Jessie did a wonderful job of dodging bullets and stepping up when they needed to."

The draw leaves Boise State (5-8-2, 3-1-1 MW) and San José State (6-6-4, 3-1-1 MW) tied for second in the Mountain West standings. Utah State picked up a win Friday, against Fresno State to improve to 4-1 in conference play and take over first place.

"That is going to be a humongous point for us," said Thomas. "They're the defending Mountain West Tournament champions and we just took them to what would be penalty kicks if this was the tournament."

Boise State will return to action Sunday, hosting Fresno State. The match will kick off at 1 p.m. MT at Boas Soccer Complex.


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