SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
Boise State (11-2-1, 5-0-1) picked up a valuable 1-0 road win Sunday afternoon against the defending Mountain West Tournament Champions, San Diego State (4-8-2, 2-2-2), maintaining its first-place position in the Mountain West standings. The victory marked the third-ever road win at the SDSU Sports Deck for the Blue and Orange and the first since 2014.
The lone goal of the game came from Macie Nelson
– her first goal as Bronco. Eva Herrera
played a perfect corner kick right into the box in the 52nd minute and the freshman used her height to first control the ball, and then finished with a poke right in front of the goal to secure the 1-0 result. The score was the first goal off a corner kick for the Broncos this season.
Now six games in to the 11-game conference season, Boise State has 16 points and leads second-place San Jose State (6-5-2, 5-1-0) by one point.
The performance marked another clean sheet for the Broncos, putting goalkeeper Tara Fisher
(7 shutouts) just one shutout away from tying the single-season record held by Maddy McDevitt (8 shutouts, 2013).
"It was a tremendous performance from us," head coach Jim Thomas
said after the game. "Macie, Addy and Del have all been incredibly threatening on free kicks and corners, and we felt like one had been coming. We work hard on it, we work on it every week. It's becoming more and more coordinated, but I think it's a timely goal for us when you come into the lion's den and you're trying to steal points from the conference champion – it's not easy to do."
The game was equally matched with San Diego State ending up with a slight advantage in shots (15-13) and Boise State holding a 4-2 edge in corners, but it was a decisive, strong start to the second half that lifted the visitors to another energy level which ultimately produced the goal.
and Lillie French
were both able to put quality shots on goal in the 49th minute and McKenna Kynett
kept up the pressure with a SOG in the 51st, setting the stage for the game-winning corner kick.
As expected, the Aztecs responded to the goal and were able to string together some quality offensive sequences over the course of the next 30 minutes that challenged Fisher and the Bronco defense.
Fisher, who ended the day with five saves, made two big ones in the 73rd and 80th minutes. The first came off an Aztec set piece, as the senior was able to make the catch on a curling, well-struck ball inside the box. The second was a split-second reaction from Fisher off a scrum in the box, as a header from a SDSU player that was just feet away from the goal was saved by Fisher to preserve the Bronco lead.
almost made it a two-goal lead in the 87th on the breakaway, but her shot went just wide of the left post. Boise State wouldn't need it, however, as the visitors squashed any chance of an Aztec equalizer in the final minutes.
Kynett and Harrison led the way with three shots each while Sherle was right behind with two of her own.
"I think it takes those kind of performances: the control, the passing, as well as the magic Macie had to win that header," Thomas said. "That's about as big a win as you can get, so we're pretty darn excited."
The Broncos will embark on another road trip next weekend, as they will face Air Force (Friday, Oct. 12) and Colorado College (Sunday, Oct. 14).