Eva Herrera

Women's Soccer

Broncos To Host Lobos and Aztecs

Sept. 27, 2017

Friday, Sept. 29 - 4 p.m. (MT) | vs. New Mexico
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Sunday, Oct. 1 - 1 p.m. (MT) | vs. San Diego State
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Boise State (6-4-1, 1-1 MW) will continue conference play this weekend at the Boas Soccer Complex with a game against New Mexico (7-3, 2-0 MW) on Friday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m., followed by a matchup with San Diego State (4-6-0, 1-1 MW) on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: Tickets will be $3 for fans who wear pink to Sunday's game against San Diego State in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month beginning in October. There also will be a halftime recognition for breast cancer survivors in attendance.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State did well to split in its opening weekend of conference play on the road with a 2-1 victory over Fresno State last Friday night and a 2-1 loss to San Jose State on Sunday afternoon.

On Friday it was Baylee Blaser scoring on a penalty kick in the 19th minute and Raimee Sherle earning the game-winning goal in the 79th off an assist from Falon Miller. Blaser calmly drilled the PK in the lower left corner of the goal to give the Broncos the 1-0 advantage, and Sherle scored in the 79th when Miller sent a looping ball to the top of the box where the sophomore would corral it. With a Bulldog defender draped on her, the sophomore muscled her aside and gathered for a right-footed shot that snuck past the keeper and ricocheted off the left post to make it a 2-1 game.

Sunday's match featured an Aubree Chatterton goal in the 88th minute - the first goal of her collegiate career - but the Broncos were undone by San Jose State goals in the 57th and 58th minutes. Both Spartan goals came on corner kicks that weren't scored on the first touch, but rather were products of scrums in the box where Boise State was unable to immediately clear the ball. The Broncos mounted a late comeback, but were unable to find the equalizer in the final minutes.

ABOUT NEW MEXICO: The Lobos opened up the conference slate at home and picked up two wins, one of which came against UNLV - the defending 2016 Mountain West Champions. The 2-1 win over the Rebels and a 1-0 victory over Nevada on Sunday solidified a current tie for first in the Mountain West standings.

New Mexico has had eight different players score a goal this season with sophomore midfielder Jessie Hix leading the way with four goals. The Lobo defense is their biggest strength, however, as they currently possess a .695 goals-against-average - the lowest average in the conference.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE: The preseason pick by the coaches to win the conference, the Aztecs have played one of the hardest nonconference schedules in the country with several matches against Power Five opponents. SDSU recently defeated Nevada (3-0) and fell to UNLV (1-0) in their conference-opening weekend at home.

Mia Root has a team-best four goals and nine points on the season. A dangerous attacking team, the Aztecs are still working out the kinks defensively with a 1.452 GAA (11th in the conference).

SHERLE LEADS NCAA: With five game-winning goals on the season, Sherle leads the NCAA in the category. Her game winners have come against Southern Utah, Oklahoma, Portland, Weber State and Fresno State. With nine career game-winning goals, Sherle is already tied for the school record.

MOUNTAIN WEST HOME OPENERS: Under head coach Jim Thomas, the Broncos are currently 4-0 in conference home openers. The Broncos haven't lost a home conference opener since Oct. 5, 2012 when then No. 10-ranked San Diego State managed a 1-0 victory.

HOMEGROWN TALENT: Out of the team's 35 points on the season, 26 have come from local Treasure Valley players (74 percent). Sherle (12 points), Baylee Blaser (10 points), Aubree Chatterton (3 points) and Addison Standlee (1 point) have all chipped in points.

EXCEPTIONAL DEFENSE: With a .802 GAA, the Broncos are currently No. 2 in the Mountain West and No. 65 in the NCAA for the category. Boise State has also shut four teams out so far this season - putting them in third place in the conference.

UP NEXT: The Broncos will continue the homestand with two more Mountain West contests next weekend when Air Force and Colorado College come to town for matches on Friday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 8, respectively.

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