Soccer Kicks Off at Home Friday
Aug. 18, 2016
UP NEXT: Boise State women’s soccer opens the 2016 season Friday, at home against Idaho State. The Broncos and Bengals will kick off at 5 p.m. at the Boas Soccer Complex.
LIVE STREAMS: All Boise State home matches will be video streamed live on the Mountain West Network. Each match can be found at BroncoSports.com/soccerlive, live and archived. Streams are available on desktop, mobile and tablet. Most conference road matches will also be available through the MWN.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: In addition to the live streams, stay up-to-the minute with live stats at BroncoSports.com. Find links on the soccer schedule page. As always, for inside info, follow on twitter @BroncoSportsSOC.
LAST YEAR IN REVIEW: Boise State finished in a tie for sixth last season in the Mountain West with a 5-5-1 conference record, missing out on the six-team conference tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker. The Broncos went 7-9-4 overall in head coach Jim Thomas’ third season, facing a gauntlet of a schedule. Of its nine nonconference opponents, seven finished with a winning record and two advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
GET BACK TO BOAS: Celebrate the start of soccer season with great giveaways. The first 500 fans in attendance Friday will receive an ice cream sandwich. All fans can have their face painted for free at the match. The new soccer schedule poster will also be available to pick up.
ABOUT IDAHO STATE: The Bengals welcome 11 newcomers as they look to bounce back from a last-place finish in the Big Sky a year ago. Idaho State scored more goals than the Broncos last year, but ranked 317th out of 328 Division I teams in goals-against average (2.86). Head coach Allison Gibson, in her 11th season, spent the offseason introducing a new style of play with more emphasis on defense.
STUDY ABROAD: The Broncos are going to Spain! Boise State Women’s Soccer will be adventuring to Barcelona and San Sebastian Spain in 2017! This trip will serve as a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity to train with world-class soccer clubs, explore a new culture and provide service opportunities with those less fortunate. We need your help to make this trip a reality. To donate, please visit BroncoAthleticAssociation.com, click "GIVE NOW" and select "women’s soccer" to make a donation to the Broncos’ trip to Spain.
WELCOME BACK: Boise State brings back nine starters from last year’s squad, including two All-Mountain West selections. Senior Hailey DeVries will again anchor the back line. DeVries was a second-team All-MW selection as a junior. Baylee Blaser scored four goals last season on her way to an honorable mention all-league nod.
SEASON OPENERS: Boise State is 8-9-1 all-time in season openers, including a 6-3-0 mark in season openers at home. The last time the Broncos opened the season at home was 2012, versus New Mexico State.
HOME OPENERS: Boise State is 10-7-1 all-time in home openers. Last year’s 2-1 loss against Washington State (Aug. 30), snapped a three-year win streak.
DEVRIES TO LEAD AGAIN: Senior defender Hailey DeVries will again be counted on to lead the back line and captain the team. DeVries has been a staple in the Bronco lineup since arriving on campus and this year will have a chance to threaten the program’s all-time minutes record.
TUCKER AMONG LEADERS: Kayla Tucker enters her redshirt senior season as Boise State’s active leader in points (29), goals (nine) and assists (11). Her 11 career assists are already tied for fourth most in program history. She is just outside the top 10 in points and goals.
BLASER TURNS BACK CLOCK: Baylee Blaser was granted a medical hardship for the 2014 season, when she suffered a torn ACL in the fourth game of the season. Blaser, an honorable mention all-conference pick last year, will play this season as a redshirt junior and be able to come back next season as a fifth-year senior.
TAYLOR AND TEAM CANADA: Junior midfielder Sarah Taylor was called up to Canada’s U20 National Team over the summer for a 10-day camp, which included two friendlies against Mexico, in Mexico City. Taylor scored on a penalty in the first match and started the second game. The camp marked her first international playing experience.
LOTS OF NEW FACES: Boise State welcomes 10 newcomers to the team this season- all freshmen. The large incoming class is joined by two redshirt freshmen who sat out last season. The 12 total freshmen for Boise State are the most in the Mountain West this season. Last season six freshmen saw game action and accounted for 26 percent of the team’s total minutes played.
FRESHMEN NO MORE: Boise State scored 24 goals last season, with seven coming from four different freshmen. Michelle Reed was second on the team with four goals, while Eva Herrera, Laura Buck and Addison Standlee scored one each.
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