Box Score Sept. 15, 2017
OGDEN, Utah - Boise State (5-3-1) fended off a desperate Weber State team (1-6-0) on the road Friday night in Ogden and secured the 1-0 road win. Raimee Sherle scored the game-winning goal for the second-straight game in the 25th minute, maintaining the Broncos' undefeated 3-0-1 record in true road games this season.
The result also raises Boise State's season point total to 16, good for the best nonconference season since 2013 when the team earned 17 points but played 10 games in the nonconference.
"Weber State is a very difficult place to come and play," head coach Jim Thomas said after the game. "They are a tough opponent, especially in a game like tonight when their backs are against the wall after a 1-5 start. There was a reckless abandon about them, but we were able to get the job done."
The nonconference finale was the team's first win on a Friday for the season. The Wildcats outshot the Broncos 13-7, but Sherle's timely goal (her fourth of the season) in the first half proved to be the difference maker down the stretch.
Sarah Taylor played a pass to Sherle at the top of the left corner of the box and the sophomore put one touch on it and struck a near-perfect shot that beat the keeper to the far post. With a tight angle and small margin for error, Sherle confidently executed in what was her only shot of the night.
"She's obviously a tremendous player to have," Thomas said after the game on Sherle. "What she sees is so rare, and it's also why she is so difficult to defend. She finds a way even when we don't have it as a team. The tough thing tonight was she just had that one opportunity, but she tucked it away with such confidence."
With the exception of the goal, Weber State largely controlled the first half and challenged Bronco goalkeeper Janelle Flores several times, but the senior was able to make four saves and preserve the one-goal advantage going into the half.
Despite not producing a goal in the second half, Boise State was able to counter the Wildcats' desperation with a solid offensive half that included five shots and three corner kicks. Michelle Reed and Baylee Blaser both had shots blocked in the first five minutes of the half while Addison Standlee sent a header wide in the 51st minute.
Flores and the Bronco defense continually had an answer for Weber State as they pressed for the equalizer throughout the half. Delaney Watson almost made it a 2-0 game with a header off a corner in the 84th, but the ball went just over the crossbar to keep it a 1-0 game.
Flores showed her quality down the stretch in snaring dangerous service balls and directing the Bronco defensive effort on Wildcat free kicks towards the end of the game. After missing the previous two games with a rib injury, she finished Friday with seven saves and earned the 16th clean sheet of her career - putting her one shutout away from tying the school record holder, Liz Ruiz (17, 2008-2011).
"It's good to have her back," Thomas commented on Flores. "She is such a great leader, especially in these games when you need someone behind you to help see it through. Janelle is someone who is calming and thrives in these kinds of games."
Boise State will open Mountain West play next weekend on the road at Fresno State on Friday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. (MT) and then at San Jose State on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. (MT).