BOISE, Idaho –
Boise State (4-1-0) left no doubt Sunday afternoon against Southern Utah (1-5-0), as Raimee Sherle
(1' and 86') earned her first brace of the season (sixth multi-goal game of her career) while Allegra Weeks
(53') scored her first collegiate goal to lift the Broncos to the 3-0 win at the Boas Soccer Complex.
The win moves the Blue and Orange to 4-1-0 on the season – matching the best five-game start in program history. The team also went 4-1-0 in 2006.
The two goals from Sherle also moves her into a tie for second for most career goals (30) in program history, as she now only trails Shannon Saxton (2007-10, 35 goals) on the school all-time list.
The junior's first goal came 33 seconds into the game, as a beautiful through ball from McKenna Kynett
found a cutting Sherle, who dribbled her way to the front of the goal and beat the Southern Utah keeper. Despite scoring the third-fastest goal in program history, she and the rest of the Bronco attack failed to parlay the early score into anything substantial for the remainder of the half.
"She's more than the goals, she's more than the speed and skill even," head coach Jim Thomas
said on Sherle. "She's a talisman for us, and as she goes, so do we. I don't think that was the best performance she has ever put forward in the first half, while she did score despite not playing great. We are after more than that from her. It's a lot to bear, but I think you saw in the second half what she's truly capable of doing. Everyone else played better all-around (in the second half) because of four or five players – of which she is one – and I thought our second half was outstanding today because of it."
The change in energy and focus in the second half was evident, as the Broncos put forth an inspired final 45 minutes that eventually produced two more goals.
The goal from Weeks in the 53rd minute was a product of pure hustle, as the play started with a cross from the right flank from Kristina Serres
. The Thunderbird keeper failed to punch the ball away, and Ashleigh Harrison
was there to redirect the ball towards the ball.
As the ball was slowly rolling towards the goal line, the keeper and Weeks engaged in a foot race towards the ball with differing motives, and it was Weeks who succeeded in getting a sliding foot on the ball, continuing the original momentum across the goal line and past the outstretched arms of the keeper, giving Boise State the 2-0 lead. Serres and Harrison both picked up assists on the play.
The majority of the Broncos' season-high 18 shots were taken in the second half, as Macie Nelson
used her height to connect on two headers while Michelle Reed
and Lillie French
also saw good looks in the second 45 minutes.
The third and final Boise State goal came in the 86th when Sherle carried the ball from the middle of the field to the left side of the box, finding a window where her left-footed shot beat the keeper far post to make it a 3-0 game.
A total of 21 Broncos played on the day, with eight recording shots. Sherle led the way with eight shots, while the seven Boise State corners was also a season high.
The Broncos will now look ahead to another road trip, as they will face arguably their toughest non-conference opponent of the season at Arizona (Friday, Sept. 7 – 8 p.m. MT). The trip will conclude with a Sunday match at New Mexico State (Sunday, Sept. 9 – 1 p.m. MT).