Schachtell, Mikayla

Women's Soccer

Difficult Road Test Awaits Boise State

Friday, Sept. 7 – 8 p.m. MT | at Arizona
Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium | Tucson, Ariz.
Live Video (Pac-12 Networks) | Live Stats


Sunday, Sept. 9 – 1 p.m. MT | at New Mexico State
NM State Soccer Athletic Complex | Las Cruces, N.M.
Live Video | Live Stats


UP NOW: Boise State (4-1-0) will get ready for arguably its toughest opponent of the non-conference season with a matchup at Arizona (Friday, Sept. 7), followed by a game at New Mexico State (Sunday, Sept. 9).

FOLLOW THE GAMES: Live video (Arizona and New Mexico State) and live stats (Arizona and New Mexico State) will be provided for both games.

LAST TIME OUT: The Broncos extended their winning streak to three games as it recorded a 2-0 road victory at Eastern Washington last Friday and then followed it up with a 3-0 win at home against Southern Utah.

Friday's game in Cheney saw McKenna Kynett open up the scoring in the 11th minute, good for her third goal of the season. Raimee Sherle added some insurance in the 54th when she was taken down after carrying the ball into the box, drawing the foul. The junior also took the penalty kick and tucked it away to make it a 2-0 Bronco lead.

Sunday's matchup against Southern Utah saw Sherle score the third-fastest goal to a start a game in program history, finding the back of the net just 33 seconds into the game. Allegra Weeks scored the first goal of her career in the 53rd, and Sherle eventually earned the brace after scoring in the 86th. Tara Fisher was sensational all week, as well, as she now has three-straight shutouts - good for the longest shutout streak for a Bronco keeper since 2014.

ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats (4-1-0) are currently riding a four-game win streak with victories over UC Irvine, Houston Baptist, Southeast Missouri State and New Hampshire. Arizona has also shut out all four opponents, as well, with a combined score of 14-0.

Jada Talley is top offensive threat with four goals, but the Wildcats have shown a variety of weapons as nine players have already scored this season. Arizona's season-opening loss came at home to Albany (Aug. 17), as they fell 1-0.

ABOUT NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies (1-5-0) have only played two games at home so far in the non-conference season, and were victorious in the most recently game in Las Cruces thanks to a 3-0 win over Northern Illinois. Despite its record, New Mexico State has stayed very competitive with three of its losses coming by just one goal.

Aileen Garcia has tallied a team-high 18 shots and also leads the way with three goals. The Aggies were picked to finish sixth in the WAC preseason coaches' poll.

HISTORIC START: The 4-1-0 start ties for the best five-game start to a season in program history, as the 2006 team also started 4-1-0. The Broncos' three-straight shutouts is currently No. 1 in the Mountain West. The team hasn't given up a goal in the last 296:28 of game time.

SHERLE HONORED BY MW: 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.

FISHER ON FIRE: Fisher has been sensational in net the past three games for the Broncos, as her three-straight shutouts is the longest shutout streak for a Bronco keeper since 2014. The senior is No. 5 in the Mountain West in goals-against-average (0.84) and save percentage (.840).

DYNAMIC DUO: Sherle (5 goals) and Kynett (3 goals) have accounted for all but one Bronco goal so far this season. The eight combined goals from the two players makes Boise State one of just 18 teams in the country to enter the week with a duo combining for eight or more goals. They are the only Mountain West school to possess two such players, as well.

SERRES DISTRIBUTING: It was another Kristina Serres' cross from the right flank that gave the Broncos a two-goal lead against Southern Utah, Sunday, as Ashleigh Harrison redirected the ball towards the goal line where Allegra Weeks came crashing in to earn the goal. Serres is tied for first in the league with her three assists.
 
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