Friday, August 17 – 5 p.m. MT | vs. Northwest Nazarene (Exhibition)
Boas Soccer Complex | Boise, Idaho
Sunday, August 19 – 1 p.m. MT | vs. Idaho
Boas Soccer Complex | Boise, Idaho
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Boise State will open the season at home this weekend with an exhibition against Northwest Nazarene, Friday, August 17 at 5 p.m. followed by the official opener against Idaho, Sunday, August 19 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Boas Soccer Complex.
Admission to Friday's exhibition will be free. Sunday's match will feature normal ticket pricing: $5 for adults, $3 for students with their ID cards, kids 6-12 years old, and seniors 60 or older. Kids 5 and under get in for free.
Fans are also encouraged to purchase a Bronco Sports Pass
for $75. The pass will grant admission to regular season events during the 2018-19 season for: cross country, golf, gymnastics, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, and women's basketball.
Sunday's game will be an "Orange Out", as fans who come to the game wearing orange will receive discounted $3 admission. In addition, the first 100 fans to come to Boas will receive an orange Bronco t-shirt.
ABOUT NORTHWEST NAZARENE:
NNU is coming off its best season in program history with an 11-7 record in 2017. Head coach Mary Trigg was named the GNAC Coach of the Year, as the Nighthawks set records for wins in a season (11), conference wins (8), shutouts (10) and earned the team's first playoff berth.
Idaho finished last season 8-9-2 and tied for fifth in the Big Sky Conference. New head coach Jeremy Clevenger takes over in 2018, as the Vandals return 10 starters, including 2017 Big Sky Honorable Mention honoree, forward Bridget Daly.
MW PRESEASON COACHES' POLL:
The Broncos were picked to finish third in the league according to the Mountain West Preseason Coaches' Poll, the conference announced earlier last week. Boise State received two first-place votes and earned 99 points from the coaches.
The preseason ranking ties the highest for the program since joining the Mountain West, as the team was also picked to finish third in 2014. San Diego State (112 points, four first-place votes) and San Jose State (111 points, five first-place votes) were picked to finish first and second, respectively.
Boise State last faced the Nighthawks 10 years ago in 2008, defeating NNU 3-0 in a regular season game.
The Broncos and Vandals produced an instant classic last season up in Moscow, as the match resulted in a 1-1 tie, but was chalked full of late-game drama. With four seconds remaining in regulation (89:56) and Boise State leading 1-0, Idaho was awarded a free kick in the middle of the pitch. The ball was sent into the box, and eventually put into the back of the net as time expired to pull the home team level at 1-1.
The Blue and Orange lead the all-time series 11-5-2, but will be looking to get even after last season's stunning result.
QUICK LOOK AT THE BRONCOS:
Boise State will once again be led by 2017 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, junior Raimee Sherle
. Sherle netted 18 goals and accumulated 42 points over the course of the 2017 season, tying both Mountain West single-season records in the process. In addition to being the No. 3 goal scorer in the entire NCAA as a sophomore, Sherle also racked up nine game-winning goals last season to lead the country in the category.
– a member of the 2017 Mountain West All-Newcomer Team – scored four goals and tallied four assists last season, and will once again be an offensive threat to be reckoned with.
Other starters set to return include Michelle Reed
(midfielder), Eva Herrera
(defender), Addy Standlee (defender) and Allegra Weeks
In total, the Broncos return 20 players from last year's roster while also adding 11 newcomers (nine freshmen and two transfers).
RETURNING THE FIREPOWER:
Boise State returns 28 of the 38 goals (74%) it scored last season, as Sherle (18 goals), Kynett (6 goals) and Chatterton (4 goals) all come back in 2018. The 38 goals in 2017 tied for the second most in single-season program history, and the most in the Jim Thomas