Soccer Wins Season-Opener, 1-0

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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State women's soccer team opened its season with a 1-0 win over New Mexico State at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex, Friday. Junior Rebe Wolverton put away the game-winning goal in the 67th minute, finishing a cross served in from the right wing by classmate Tylyn Hughes.

The Broncos had numerous looks at the goal throughout the game, putting up seven shots in the first half, but it was the first shot of the second half which put the Broncos on the board and notched the fourth goal of Wolverton's career.

New Mexico State had an opportunity to tie as the Broncos were called for a hand ball just outside the 18-yard box in the 88th minute. The Aggies laid the ball off on the free kick which sent the wall of Boise State defenders crashing in to block the shot.

Freshman Anna Popma was the aggressor on the Bronco front-line, leading the team with four shots in 61 minutes. The Tigard, Ore., native almost put her new team in front first when she nailed a ball from distance that hit the crossbar in the 28th minute.

Kallie Neimann, Mikhaila Bowden and Whitney Peterson each played all 90 minutes on the back line in the season debut, making things difficult on the Aggie attackers while helping redshirt sophomore Maddy McDevitt earn the second win and second shutout of her career.

"That was a good showing by the entire team," said head coach Steve Lucas. "It's a great way to start the season and gives us some momentum heading into Sunday but we know we still have things we can improve on and work to do in order to get to where we want to be."

The Broncos will be back on the field, Sunday when they face North Dakota State in the second and final game of the Holiday Inn Classic. The Bison fell to Idaho State in overtime, 3-2, Friday.

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