Soccer Resumes Spring Schedule
April 17, 2015

Boise State women's soccer returns to action Saturday, at Washington State in its third match of the spring season. The Broncos and Cougars will kick off at 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT, in Pullman, Wash. Two games remain on the schedule for the team's nonchampionship season, which concludes with a home match April 25, against Northwest Nazarene.

"Any time you play a team in the Pac-12 you are playing a team that is capable of beating anyone, any day and will truly represent the kind of barometer we want to gauge the development of our players with," said head coach Jim Thomas. "We have shown an incredible amount of growth in so many areas. Playing Washington State will enable us to get live feedback on the strength and depth of those developments as well as offer us video that we can dissect in order to plot our next phase of growth."

For Thomas and the Broncos, the spring period is all about growth and development. Boise State had four games on their spring schedule, completing the first half last month. Boise State traveled to Eastern Washington March 8, before hosting Idaho State March 14. Training sessions during the build up to the first matches were primarily geared toward defense.

"The initial phase of the spring saw us invest time on the fundamentals of defending, particularly in small groups," Thomas said. "We made it a priority to try and expedite the transition from youth to college soccer for what will be a talented but ultimately young defensive group."

In the weeks since last taking the field in a live game, the team has focused on advancing out of the defensive end and pinpointing positions each Bronco is expected to play once the fall season rolls around.

"Since those first two games where we only gave up one goal and none in open play, we have shifted focus to broadening the attacking concepts of each position," Thomas said. "We've spent time with each player in the primary position we are projecting for the fall, prioritizing specific foundations that will hopefully increase their success rates along with providing a platform for what they naturally tend to in matches."

With those priorities in place, the Broncos are working toward one of the staff's primary objectives of identifying the positions and situations best suited

for each member of the roster in order to hit the ground running once the team is completely assembled in the fall.

"If we are able to truly quantify the strengths and weaknesses of this returning group, particularly the players concluding their freshman year, we will be so much better positioned to introduce the incredibly talented 2015 class that joins us in the fall," said Thomas. "The more stable we can feel in the spine of the team, particularly center back and center midfield, the more freedom we'll have to reintroduce players that have had offseason surgery to their primary positions resulting in an incredibly strong and remarkably deep squad."

The spring also offers a time to establish strong foundations in other crucial areas of the program, while not being faced with many of the challenges presented by the fall season's demanding schedule.

"As with any segment in our training cycle our goal is to be able to look back and feel a progression toward our ultimate goals: to improve our efficiency so we can contribute and enjoy the game more; and most importantly to find a greater affinity for our team and our university, the two entities we fight for the hardest in order to promote the best!"

Boise State's spring season wraps up with a home match April 25, against Northwest Nazarene. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. MT, at Boas Soccer Complex.


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