Oct. 31, 2017
LAS VEGAS - No. 3 seed Boise State (13-5-3) received record-breaking performances from Raimee Sherle and Janelle Flores to dispatch No. 6 seed Air Force (7-9-3) by a score of 2-0 Tuesday evening in the first quarterfinal match at the Mountain West Championships. The Broncos will now face No. 2 seed San Diego State, Thursday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m. (MT) back at the Peter Johann Memorial Soccer Field.
Sherle scored in the 52nd and 69th minutes to secure her fourth multi-goal game of the season. The brace brings her season goal total to 18 - good for the Boise State individual single-season record. The 18 goals also ties the Mountain West single-season record, joining Sara Reading (BYU - 2000).
Her 42 points on the season is a school record and is tied for the Mountain West record, as well.
Flores made seven saves to lock up the 18th shutout of her career and now stands alone in first place in the school record book. The final shutout to secure the school record did not come easy, however, as the senior made plays throughout the game to preserve the clean sheet and push Boise State on to the next round.
"She (Sherle) is a really unique talent that plays her best when the lights are shining brightest and we saw that tonight," head Jim Thomas told the Mountain West Network after the game. "But I'd be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge Janelle breaking the career shutout record for our program tonight, so it was a pretty darn historic day for us."
The Sherle goals were the products of spectacular assists, as Aubree Chatterton recorded the first and Jessie Vogel picked up the second.
The goal in the 52nd came when Chatterton made a move to get past an Air Force defender on the right sideline, eventually playing a beautiful cross to a cutting Sherle where the sophomore connected with the volley perfectly and broke the scoring seal to make it a 1-0 game.
It became a 2-0 game when a foul on the Falcons gave Vogel a free look at a 50-yard booming pass down the field which the senior perfectly executed. Sherle tracked down ball and played it off one bounce with her left foot in what was an exceptional goal, giving the Broncos a 2-0 lead.
"The first one - I got a beautiful ball from Aubree out wide and luckily enough I was able to finish it, and the second goal was a perfect ball from Jessie and I one-touched it in," Sherle recalled after the game.
The two goals in in the second half broke up a relatively uneventful first 45 minutes where neither side was able to find a rhythm in the attacking third. Air Force came out strong in the first 10 minutes of the game, but Flores and the Bronco backline were able to work through the slow start without giving up a goal.
The victory gives Boise State its first conference tournament win since 2013 and extends its winning streak to five games while the unbeaten streak is now at eight - the longest unbeaten streak in school history.
The 13 wins also ties the school record for single-season victories, as the team also accomplished reached the amount in 2013 and 2009.
The Broncos haven't lost in a month, and they will be looking to avenge the most recent loss from Oct. 1 when they take on the Aztecs Thursday. San Diego State claimed the 2-0 victory that day at the Boas Soccer Complex, but Boise State outshot the visitors 21-16.