Soccer Heads to Portland
Sept. 7, 2017

Friday, Sept. 8 - 5 pm (MT) | vs. Washington
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Sunday, Sept. 10 - 4 pm (MT) | at Portland
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BOISE, Idaho - 
Boise State (3-2-1) will begin a three-week road trip this weekend when they travel to Portland, Ore., for a neutral match against Washington on Friday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. (MT) and then a true away match against Portland on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. (MT) at Merlo Field.

ABOUT WASHINGTON: The Huskies (4-2) enter the match against the Broncos coming off a weekend where they hosted the 2017 Husky Invitational and won the event with wins against No. 2 Florida (1-0) and New Mexico (1-0 OT). Washington’s victory over the Gators marked the third time the program taken down a No. 2-ranked team.

Shannon Simon and Kimberly Keever lead the way for UW with seven points – and three goals – a piece.

ABOUT PORTLAND: The Pilots (2-4) also attended the Husky Invitational last weekend and played the same opponents as Washington, but came up with the opposite results in falling to New Mexico (1-0) and Florida (1-0). Hannah Griffiths Boston has scored the only two goals of the season so far for Portland.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State split a pair of matches last weekend at the Boas Soccer Complex. The Broncos first fell to Cal Poly 1-0 on Friday evening, but rallied back to defeat Oklahoma 1-0 on Sunday afternoon to secure one of the biggest wins in program history.

Raimee Sherle scored the game-winning goal in the 61st minute thanks to a perfect pass from Addison Standlee. The goal was the second of the season for the sophomore and the sixth game-winning goal of her career. The goal was a byproduct of Boise State's aggression in the first half where Emily Curry's hustle forced a Sooner defender to grab her from behind on a breakaway, resulting in a red card for Oklahoma that forced them to play with 10 for the remainder of the game.

The victory marked the first win over a Big 12 team and just the third win over an opponent from a Power Five conference in program history. Senior goalkeeper Janelle Flores secured the shutout and made five saves on the weekend.

COACH THOMAS, WASHINGTON CONNECTION: Head coach Jim Thomas was on staff with Washington from 2008-12 as an assistant under current head coach Leslie Gallimore. Thomas helped the Huskies to a record of 50-28-11 before he left to take his current position at Boise State.

MORE HISTORY WITH UW: One of Boise State’s three victories over an opponent from a Power Five conference in program history came in Coach Thomas’ first year at the helm in 2013. That victory came against Washington in Seattle, as the Broncos were able to score in the eighth minute and hold on to the 1-0 win.

STRONG BACK LINE: Currently tied for second in the conference in goals allowed (4) and goals against average (.67 avg.), Boise State has been especially stout on defense thus far this season. With Bronco keepers only averaging 2.5 saves a game, the defenders have shown the ability to not only prevent shots on goal, but also limit any kind of opportunities.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONNECTION: Standlee and Sherle – both of which went to Rocky Mountain HS in Meridian, Idaho – connected on the Broncos’ game-winning goal last Sunday against Oklahoma, marking the first time that the high school teammates have connected on a goal in college. The pair played on a Rocky Mountain team that took third place at the 2014 IHSAA 5A State Championship.

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