COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
– Raimee Sherle
was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week for games played from Aug. 27 – Sept. 2, the conference announced, Monday. The weekly honor is the third of the junior's career, as she earned the same accolade once in each of the previous two seasons.
The 2017 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year tallied three goals this past week, scoring once in a 2-0 win at Eastern Washington and twice at home against Southern Utah in a 3-0 victory.
The three goals pushed her season goal total to five and point total to 10, making her No. 1 in both categories among Mountain West players. Now with 30 career goals, Sherle finds herself in a tie for second in Boise State program history with Brittany Zoellner (1999-2003). She now only trails Shannon Saxton (2007-10, 35 goals) for the top spot in the Bronco record book.
The Meridian, Idaho native's performance yesterday against the Thunderbirds also marked the sixth multi-goal game of her career, putting her alone in second in program history, once again only trailing Saxton and her seven multi-goal games.
Sherle's goal Friday against the Eagles came on a penalty kick, which she personally earned by dribbling into the box in the 49th minute and was taken down by a EWU defender. The forward calmly stepped up and went right post with her PK, beating the Eagle keeper to put the Broncos up 2-0.
Sunday's game saw Sherle score the third-fastest goal to start a game in program history, as a perfect through ball from McKenna Kynett
found Sherle on the breakaway for a 1v1 opportunity against the Southern Utah keeper. The junior once again stayed composed and went with a left-footed shot to beat the keeper to her right, giving Boise State the 1-0 lead just 33 seconds into the game.
Her second goal was unassisted in the 86th minute, as she received the ball in the middle of the pitch and carried it to the left side of the box where she uncorked another left-footed shot that beat the keeper far post. The goal solidified her first multi-goal game of the season.
She finished the two games with six points, three goals and 12 shots – five of which were goal – in 135 minutes of play.
Sherle and the Broncos will now prepare for arguably their toughest road trip of the non-conference season, as they will head to Tucson, Ariz., to face Arizona (Friday, Sept. 7) and then drive east to Las Cruces, N.M., to take on New Mexico State (Sunday, Sept. 9).