Box Score Oct. 15, 2017
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Raimee Sherle (22'), McKenna Kynett (63') and Baylee Blaser (80') all scored on Sunday afternoon at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo., to propel the Broncos (9-5-3, 4-2-2 MW) to the 3-1 victory against Wyoming (7-7-2, 3-4-1 MW). The result brings Boise State's conference season point total to 14, putting them in a tie for fourth place in the Mountain West standings.
The outcome today in Laramie is just the Broncos' second win at Wyoming in program history, with the only other victory coming in 2012. The Cowgirls were also undefeated at home this season entering the weekend.
"We learned something about ourselves today," head coach Jim Thomas said after the game. "Winning at Wyoming is extremely difficult, especially on the tail end of a road trip like today. Picking up three points here on a Sunday is a tremendous plus."
Today was the fourth game this season that the Broncos saw three different players find the back of the net. Already with 25 goals on the year, Boise State has surpassed the final goal totals in each of the past two seasons (2015 - 24 and 2016 - 20).
Raimee Sherle scored her third goal of the weekend in the 22nd minute when she stole a pass from a Wyoming center back that led to a one-on-one opportunity with the keeper. The sophomore went lower left and tucked away her 10th goal of the season.
The 10 goals on the season is No. 3 in the Bronco record book while her 17 career goals is tied for fourth with Shannon Schueren (2011-14).
The Cowgirls came out in the second half and swung the momentum in their favor with a goal in the 62nd minute from Summer Taube. Wyoming had been on the attack since the start of the half, and it eventually culminated in a score to tie the game at 1-1.
The turning point of the game, however, came just 45 seconds later when McKenna Kynett found her way into the box and Sherle sent in a high-arching pass where Kynett managed to get her head on it and beat the oncoming keeper to retake the 2-1 lead in the 63rd. The quick and decisive response from the Broncos shifted the momentum back in the visitor's favor, which carried on for the remainder of the game.
"Tactically we were too conservative starting the second half," Thomas said. "So we changed our mentality and started to press, which flies in the face of what a team should do on a Sunday at 7,200 feet, but we did it anyways. McKenna's goal really epitomized the game and the eventual result - winning at Wyoming has to be done in an unconventional manner."
The goal was Kynett's fourth of the season.
Boise State added some insurance in the 80th when Falon Miller dribbled past several Cowgirl defenders and made it to just outside the six-yard box where she handed off the ball to Baylee Blaser who crushed her shot into the back of the net to make it a 3-1 game.
Blaser now has 16 career goals, putting her in a tie for sixth place in school history.
Despite giving up a goal that spoiled the shutout, Janelle Flores was fantastic all afternoon in tallying five saves and managing the Cowgirl attack. She consistently closed down angles and grabbed several dangerous balls in the box.
Boise State will continue its quest of securing a spot in the Mountain West tournament next weekend with two home matches at the Boas Soccer Complex against Nevada (Friday, Oct. 20 - 4 p.m.) and UNLV (Sunday, Oct. 22 - 1 p.m.).
Sunday's match will be senior day where the Broncos' six seniors: Blaser, Madi Campbell, Flores, Miller, Sarah Taylor and Jessie Vogel will be honored prior to the match.