MW Opening Road Weekend for Soccer
Sept. 21, 2017
Friday, Sept. 22 - 8 p.m. (MT) | at Fresno State
UP NEXT: The Broncos will return to the Boas Soccer Complex next weekend and host New Mexico at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 and then San Diego State at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State fended off a desperate Weber State team on the road last Friday night in Ogden and secured the 1-0 road win. Raimee Sherle scored the game-winning goal for the second-straight game in the 25th minute, maintaining the Broncos' undefeated 3-0-1 record in true road games this season.
Sarah Taylor played a pass to Sherle at the top of the left corner of the box and the sophomore put one touch on it and struck a near-perfect shot that beat the keeper to the far post. With a tight angle and small margin for error, Sherle confidently executed in what was her only shot of the night.
Janelle Flores showed her quality down the stretch in snaring dangerous service balls and directing the Bronco defensive effort on Wildcat free kicks towards the end of the game. After missing the previous two games with a rib injury, she finished Friday with seven saves and earned the 16th clean sheet of her career – putting her one shutout away from tying the school record holder, Liz Ruiz (17, 2008-2011).
ABOUT FRESNO STATE: Currently 5-2-1 on the season, Fresno State has won four-straight games and is riding a five-game unbeaten streak. The Bulldogs’ 14 goals on the season are tied for second in the conference, and their seven goals allowed puts them in third place within the league.
Sophomore Julia Glaser has led the way with six goals and one assist for 13 points thus far. Fresno State goalkeeper Nicole Theroux is right behind Flores with a .69 GAA, good for the second-lowest average in the MW.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE: Tied for eighth in the Mountain West with a 3-4-0 nonconference record, the Spartans still enter the weekend having won back-to-back games with a pair of 1-0 victories over Cal Poly and Saint Mary’s last weekend.
A balanced scoring attack, San Jose State has three two-goal scorers in Jamilecxth Becerra, Dorthe Hoppius and Gabriella Hurtado. The Spartans are 10th in the conference with a 1.43 team GAA.
SENSATIONAL NONCONFERENCE: With a 5-3-1 mark in the nonconference season, the Broncos brought their season point total to 16, good for the best nonconference season since 2013 when the team earned 17 points but played 10 games in the nonconference.
MOUNTAIN WEST OPENERS: Since joining the Mountain West in 2011, the Broncos are 2-3-1 in conference openers, including a 2-2 mark under current head coach Jim Thomas. Boise State has yet to pick up a road win in a Mountain West opener.
SHERLE IS CLUTCH: Raimee Sherle has scored four goals on the season – all four of which have been game-winning goals. Her four game-winning goals are currently tied for No. 1 in the NCAA along with being tops in the Mountain West.
With already eight game-winning goals on her career, the sophomore is just one shy of tying the career program record for the statistic, currently jointly held by Brittany Zoellner, Shannon Saxton and Brooke Heidemann with nine apiece.
STINGY DEFENSE: Sporting a team goals-against-average of 0.651, the Broncos are currently No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 39 in the NCAA in the category. The Bronco back line, specifically, has been especially stout, as Boise State keepers rank near the bottom half of the conference for saves per game (3.44 avg. | 11th). The Broncos aren’t allowing goals simply because the ball isn’t often getting past the defenders.
FLORES FLOURISHING: The senior goalkeeper has already made a name for herself in the Bronco record book, as she is currently first in GAA (0.97 avg.), second in career shutouts (16) and third in career saves (222).
To no surprise, Janelle Flores’ exceptional play has continued into the 2017 season. She is currently first in the conference for GAA (.599) and total goals allowed (4).
This past week she was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week for games played between Sept. 11-17. It was the sixth weekly honor of Flores’ career, giving her the most for any player in Boise State history regardless of conference affiliation on offense or defense.
HOMEGROWN TALENT: Local Treasure Valley players have accounted for 20 of the team’s 28 points (71%) so far this season. Sherle leads the way with 10 (4 goals, 2 assists), Baylee Blaser is second with eight (4 goals), and both Aubree Chatterton (1 assist) and Addison Standlee (1 assist) have one point apiece.
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