LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Raimee Sherle
and the Broncos (5-2-0) simply weren't going to be denied Sunday afternoon in Las Cruces. Sherle recorded her third-career hat trick with goals in the 23rd and 78th minutes, with the eventual golden goal coming in the 106th to push Boise State to the 3-2 win over New Mexico State.
The result improves the Broncos to 5-2-0 this season, tying the best seven-game start in program history (also accomplished in 2004). The individual performance from Sherle gives her 33 career goals – just two away from the individual career program record (Shannon Saxton; 35, 2007-10). She also now has the career hat trick (3) individual program record and is tied for No. 1 in career multi-goal games (7).
On a sunny day that featured temperatures in the upper 90s, Boise State gave everything it had and used almost the entirety of its bench to deal with a game that turned into a knock-down, drag-out battle midway through the second half.
Boise State scored the first goal of the game in the 23rd when McKenna Kynett
slipped a pass to Sherle, who drew out the Aggie keeper and dribbled to her left to convert a near-impossible angle from the left side of the box, giving the Broncos the early 1-0 lead.
The Blue and Orange had their fair share of chances for the remainder of the half, as Sherle, Kynett and Michelle Reed
all got off good looks as Boise State ended the half with an 11-7 advantage in shots.
The game really got interesting in the second half when the Aggies tied the game, 1-1, in the 72nd when a chip over the Bronco back line found the feet of Katie Martinez, who put it away to bring New Mexico State level.
Boise State regained its one-goal advantage shortly after, however, as a pressing Sherle rushed an Aggie defender, causing a miscue and a subsequent breakaway for the junior. Sherle went on to beat the keeper who rushed out of the box to cut down the angle, pushing the ball near post and into the back of the net to make it a 2-1 Bronco lead.
New Mexico State eventually responded in the 89th, as the head referee awarded the hosts with a free kick at the top of the box. The Aggies' Aileen Garcia scored off the set piece, making it a 2-2 game. Sherle almost didn't need overtime to win it, as her header a minute later in the 90th went just right of the post to move the game into the first overtime period
The first 10 minutes saw both sides threaten for the golden goal, as Sherle got a good look and NMSU logged back-to-back corners in the waning minute, but neither situation produced a goal.
The second overtime was controlled by the Broncos in the first five minutes, and was eventually won thanks to a run from Piper Flannery
down the right side. The freshman used a great cross to find the feet of Sherle, who took a moment to control the ball before squaring up to hammer the shot into the back of the net, giving the Meridian, Idaho native her eighth goal of the season.
Boise State will return home and close out the nonconference season next weekend with a match against Idaho State, Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Boas Soccer Complex.