Broncos Fall, MW Standings Tighten
Oct. 14, 2016

Final Stats

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State scored in each half and held off a late Boise State push to hand the Broncos a 2-0 loss Friday, in San Diego. The outcome pushes the Aztecs (6-6-2, 4-1-2 MW) one point ahead of the Broncos (5-9-2, 4-2-1 MW) in the Mountain West standings and tightens the race at the top of the table.

Boise State entered the weekend tied with UNLV for second place, behind only Utah State. The Aggies and Broncos both fell Friday, while the Rebels picked up a road win to leapfrog into the top position on point clear of Utah State. San Diego State now sits in third place, just one point behind the Aggies. Boise State and San Jose State are one point behind the Aztecs in a tie for fourth with four matches remaining. The Spartans picked up a win Friday, to climb back into the mix.

The lead pack of five teams is four points clear of a three-way tie for the sixth and final spot in the Mountain West Championship. Colorado College, Wyoming and New Mexico all have nine points. The Broncos visit the Lobos Sunday, to wrap up the weekend. Boise State has wins over Wyoming and Colorado College under its belt, should tiebreakers come into play.

San Diego State forward Aliyah Utush was a thorn in Boise State’s side all night. Utush set up the go-ahead goal in the 35th minute with a pass into the box from the end line. She added an insurance goal in the 81st minute after knifing through the Bronco back line.

The Broncos put the pressure on in the final eight minutes, getting numerous balls in the box, taking two dangerous shots and earning two corner kicks. San Diego State proved up to the task in holding off the attack and keeping its shutout intact.

Boise State took eight shots in the match, putting two on goal. The Broncos’ best look came in the 30th minute. Raimee Sherle fed a ball through the Aztecs’ back line in the center of the field and onto the feet of Kristina Serres at the top of the box. Serres lined up a shot, but goalkeeper Gabby English came out to challenge and pushed the look just wide to keep the score 0-0 at that point.

Friday marked Boise State’s first road loss in the series against the Aztecs. Since Oct. 31, 2008, San Diego State is 28-3-3 at in home conference matches. The Broncos have handed the Aztecs two of those three losses.

Boise State and New Mexico kick off at noon MT Sunday, in Albuquerque, N.M. Watch a live broadcast on the Mountain West Network, available at BroncoSports.com/soccerlive.


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