By: Addison Dehaven
Boise State’s win over Oklahoma was the first victory over a Big 12 team in program history.
In a rematch of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, Boise State women’s soccer surprised Oklahoma 1-0 on a hot and hazy Sunday.
Before a full-capacity crowd at Boas Soccer Complex, Boise State’s Raimmee Sherle scored a goal in the 61st minute to take the lead for good. A red card early in the first half on the Sooners gave the Broncos the momentum they needed, and a shutout game from goalie Janelle Flores allowed the Broncos to ensure the victory.
This was their third victory over a power-five school in the history of Boise State soccer.
Fans were happy to see the Broncos topple the Sooners once again, as a particularly large contingent showed up to Boas Soccer Complex, with fans lining the bleachers and grass in search of shade.
“I don’t think the players feel the ‘rivalry’ with Oklahoma, as most of them were very young when the Fiesta Bowl happened,” one former student said. “But most of the older fans remember the game and probably have that same sort of underdog mentality when cheering for the Broncos against Oklahoma.”
Head Coach Jim Thomas told the media the conditions played a factor.
“Today, in hotter conditions, there was supposed to be more fatigue, but they showed that their energy can still be there. A lot of that comes from emotion,” Thomas said. “Sometimes we’re a little scared to let that out, and it’s a little embarrassing to show that out there. Every one of our girls today was not scared to let their emotions carry them through their fatigue.”
On Friday September 1, Boise State fell to Cal Poly 1-0.
Boise State now moves to 3-2-1 with their next game against the University of Washington on Friday, Sept. 8 in Portland.
The Broncos have away games until they return to Boas Soccer Complex to face New Mexico Sept. 29.