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Boise State Tops Cal Poly 2-0

Boise State Tops Cal Poly 2-0

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. ─ Boise State tallied a goal in each half at Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Sunday afternoon, picking up a 2-0 women's soccer road win against Cal Poly.

Raimee Sherle, the reigning Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, gave the Broncos (2-1-0) the lead in the 23rd minute.

Sherle initiated the go-ahead sequence by running up to challenge Mustang goalkeeper Sophia Brown while she was about to send the ball back into play. After the ball was kicked, it ricocheted off the back of a charging, mid-air Sherle (who jumped right as the ball left the foot of Brown), fell behind both players, and proceeded to roll backwards 10 yards, ultimately settling into the left side of the net.

It was the second goal of the season for Sherle, who last year as a sophomore broke Boise State's school single-season scoring record with 18 goals.

Cal Poly (0-2-1) came out shooting in the second half, with a 10-1 advantage in overall shots after the break (finishing with a 21-8 total edge for the game), but Bronco goalkeeper Tara Fisher made seven saves to earn the shutout.

Perhaps the Mustangs' best look of the day came in the 47th minute, when freshman Mackenzie George hit the crossbar.

Jessica Johnson also almost found an equalizer in the 78th minute, but her on-target shot was deflected over the bar thanks to a fingertip save on an all-out effort by Fisher.

McKenna Kynett scored an insurance goal just over five minutes from full time, arcing a beautiful shot over the outstretched reach of Brown, into the top-right corner from 25 yards away.

The Mustangs also tested Fisher with back-to-back shots by Senna Brennan and Chelsea Barry in the 14th & 15th minutes, before Monserrat Hernandez Marquez (22') and George (33') also placed first-half attempts on frame.

A three-game home stand for the Mustangs will continue with a pair of games in the week ahead. Cal Poly returns to Spanos Stadium to host San Jose State at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, before taking on Utah Valley at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.