First Half Flurry Propels Broncos
Oct. 8, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho -
Boise State (8-5-2, 3-2-1 MW) scored three goals in a nine-minute span in the 26th, 30th and 34th minutes, and hung on for the 3-2 win against Colorado College (4-6-4, 1-3-2 MW) on Sunday afternoon at the Boas Soccer Complex.

The Tigers scored at the beginning of the second half in the 52nd and late in the game in the 89th minute, but Boise State's lead was enough to secure the three points. The result keeps the Broncos in the upper echelon of the conference standings and in good shape for a bid to the conference tournament.

"It's a Sunday game, so you never know quite what you're going to get," head coach Jim Thomas said. "I think Colorado College was disappointed with the result at halftime and they definitely responded. We were probably the reverse of that, so credit to them for making it close there at the end."

Aubree Chatterton scored her second goal of the weekend when Jazel Dennison played a nice ball into the box where the Boise native controlled the pass and calmly finished to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.

Raimee Sherle was able to score her seventh goal of the season in the 30th minute when she capitalized off a messy sequence in the box where the Tigers were unable to get the clear. The shot was taken right in front of the keeper to make it a 2-0 game.

It became a 3-0 game when McKenna Kynett received a beautiful pass from Sherle in the 34th minute and the sophomore found of the back of the net for her third goal of the season.

Boise State took the 3-0 lead into the half, marking the second time this season that Boise State has scored three goals in the first half of a game (Aug. 20 - Southern Utah).

Colorado College came out as the aggressor in the second half and scored in the 52nd minute off a header from Kelli Sullivan to cut into the lead and make it a 3-1 game.

The Tigers continued to press for the remainder of the second half, but the Broncos were able to largely corral the visitors and shift the momentum back in their direction. Tayla Wheeler scored late in the 89th minute, but it wasn't enough as the Broncos were able to hold on for the 3-2 victory.

The Broncos did well to get creative with their lineup late in the first half and throughout the second to ease the workload for several key players. Having gone the full 110 minutes just two days ago against Air Force, Boise State was the benefactor of three early goals that provided depth options down the stretch.

"We have to be mindful of the bigger goal, which is to win the Mountain West Championship," Thomas explained. "So while we need three points, we also need fresh players for the challenges ahead. Some of that is injuries for us right now, and some of that is straight fatigue. It's a fine balance - one that you take some risks in - and we took some clearly today. But with any luck, I think it will bear some fruit for us."

Chatterton once again led the Broncos with three shots while Janelle Flores made four saves in net.

Boise State will now prepare for a road trip next weekend as they head to Colorado State for a match on Friday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m., followed by a matchup with Wyoming in Laramie on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.

"We just have to get our minds right this week at practice," Chatterton said after the game in looking ahead to next weekend. "We've been there before, and we're ready to do it again. We just need to play as a team and work really hard this week."

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