Boise State Routs UNLV on Senior Day
Oct. 22, 2017
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State (11-5-3, 6-2-2 MW) sent its six seniors out in the best possible way with a 6-1 rout over UNLV (12-7, 4-6 MW) – the defending Mountain West Champions. Raimee Sherle pulled off her second career hat trick thanks to goals in the 1st, 9th and 74th minutes. With 11 points on the weekend (five goals, one assist), Sherle posted the best weekend of soccer so far in her Bronco career.
The win also guarantees Boise State a spot in the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas (Oct. 31 – Nov. 4) for the second-straight year. Currently tied for third in the conference standings, the Broncos could move into second place and earn the No. 2 seed with a win Friday (Oct. 27) at Utah State, along with some help from New Mexico and San Diego State.
The offensive outburst today gives Boise State 33 goals on the season – already tying for third most in single-season school history with more games to play. The six goals was the highest single-game output since Oct. 8, 2010 when the Broncos also scored six goals against New Mexico State.
Madi Campbell scored her second career goal in the 36th, Aubree Chatteron notched her fourth goal of the season shortly after in the 40th and Baylee Blaser capped it off with a score in the 82nd to account for the other three goals.
“What they’ve meant for me, what they’ve meant for my family, what they’ve meant for the people that are here from the administrators, academic support staff, you name it – those guys have not just been Boise State soccer, they’ve been Boise State,” head coach Jim Thomas said on the six seniors. “They have been the light for us over the course of the past five years. It’s a shame to see them go, but I also feel blessed to have been there with them through their journeys.”
The game was never in doubt as Sherle found the back of the net with just 00:59 on the game clock – the fourth-fastest goal to start a match in school history. She quickly made it a 2-0 game in the 9th minute when she beat the entire Rebel backline and snuck a shot past the keeper to the far post for her second goal. The span of 7:43 between goals is the eighth fastest that a Bronco player has ever scored consecutive goals.
The second goal also secured the third multi-goal game of the season for the sophomore – ranking second for the school record book.
The goal of the game, however, was Campbell’s one-time laser from 25 yards out that went in the upper left corner and officially signified the start of the rout with the 3-0 lead.
Chatterton’s goal in the 40th was her most technical score of the year as she calmly took on two UNLV players inside the box, and cleanly lifted a shot over the outstretched arms of the keeper to make it 4-0 Broncos.
The four goals in the first half was the first time the Broncos had achieved the feat since joining the Mountain West in 2011.
The lead ballooned to 6-0 when Sherle tacked on another in the 74th off a perfect pass from Taylor, and then Sherle dished out the assist on Blaser’s goal in the 82nd.
Flores was minutes away from securing the shutout, but the visitors earned a penalty kick in the 84th minute off a physical sequence on a corner kick. The Rebels’ Sophie Cortes took the PK which was initially saved by Flores, but she quickly gathered the rebound and put home the goal to make it 6-1.
Despite allowing the goal, Flores was exceptional all afternoon in making seven saves and successfully defending 22 Rebel shots. She still is No. 1 in Bronco history for career goals-against-average at 1.02.
“It was really emotional,” Flores said on senior day. “We’ve all been dedicated to this sport for 15-16 years, so it’s hard. It’s also an honor to play on this beautiful field one last time, and also to play alongside some of your best friends. It was really emotional, but I’m so happy we got the win on this senior day.
“We have that championship mentality right now – that’s the only thing on our minds. I’ve never played for a team that’s so together. We’re all in sync, we’re all together. The heart of our team right now is that we all want to win. I want to make my senior year last as long as I can, and if that ends up with a ring at the end of the day, I would love that. It’s that mentality that we have. We know we’re going to score goals. We started a little rough defensively today, but we sharpened up. We want to take that to the conference tournament.”
Boise State will close out the regular season with a game at Utah State Friday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in Logan, Utah.
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