Oct. 21, 2016
LAS VEGAS - Baylee Blaser scorched a 62nd-minute free kick into the back of the net to bring Boise State and UNLV level at 1-1 and Janelle Flores recorded a career-high 12 saves to keep it that way as the Broncos and Rebels played to a double-overtime draw Friday, in Las Vegas.
The draw inches Boise State (5-9-4, 4-2-3 MW) closer to a berth in the six-team Mountain West Championship. The result clinched a spot in the tournament for UNLV (13-3-2, 6-1-2 MW), which entered the weekend in first place in the league.
Flores' 12 saves match the most in a conference match this season and since 2014. The dozen stops are the most by a Boise State goalkeeper since 2010 and the sixth most in program history. Flores made six saves in the first half while the Bronco offense found its footing.
The Broncos were unable to get a shot off in the first 45 minutes, while the Rebels took 15. Flores was up to the challenge on nearly all of them, but UNLV got on the board in the 29th minute. The Rebels took a short corner kick and fed a rolling ball into the box. The pass was redirected by Georgia Kingman and found its way inside the far post for Kingman's first career goal.
Boise State was able to minimize the damage and keep the score 1-0 headed into halftime. The offense responded in the second half behind Raimee Sherle at the top of the attack. Sherle was able to turn toward goal and get two shots off, putting both on target.
The breakthrough came in the 62nd minute when Falon Miller made a run down the center of the field and was brought down a step outside the penalty area. Boise State was awarded a free kick at the top of the box. After Mikayla Schachtell stepped over the ball, Blaser stepped up and drilled a shot through the wall and inside the right post.
Blaser's second goal of the season snapped a scoreless streak of 295 minutes for Boise State.
Neither team put together a serious threat the remainder of regulation and the overtime periods were a matter of quality versus quantity.
The Broncos took just two shots in the extra periods to UNLV's eight, but Kayla Tucker and Sherle had the best looks. In the first overtime period Tucker had a one-on-one opportunity with the keeper, but her sliding shot was pushed wide right. Sherle had the last dangerous opportunity for either side as she worked into the box in the 109th minute. The freshman dribbled down the right side of the box and rolled a shot searching for the far post, but the ball scooted across the face of goal until trickling out of bounds on the other side of the post.
Flores made three saves in the second overtime period when three of UNLV's seven shots ended up on target. The Rebels took 31 shots in the match, the third-most shots allowed by the Broncos in program history and most since 2002.
Boise State will travel to Nevada Sunday, for a 1 p.m. PT kickoff. A Boise State win will clinch a bid in the Mountain West Championship.