Broncos Primed for Season Opener
Aug. 17, 2017

Friday, Aug. 18 vs. Montana | 5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 20 vs. Southern Utah | 1 p.m.
Boise, Idaho | Boise State Recreation Turf Field

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Fans coming to tomorrow's match are welcome to park in the Lincoln Parking Garage. Fans must enter their spot number into a parking kiosk with the soccer code before leaving the garage.

BOISE, Idaho –
The Boise State soccer team will open the 2017 season on Friday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Boise State Recreation Turf Field against Montana. The field is located on the southwest corner of University Drive and Lincoln Avenue – across from the Lincoln Parking Garage – and will be the Broncos’ temporary home for this season-opening weekend as the Boas Soccer Complex is currently undergoing minor field maintenance.

The Blue and Orange will begin the year after enjoying a spring season that included a 10-day trip to Spain which featured three games that spanned across Barcelona, Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Bilbao and Parte Vieja.

The Broncos weren’t only successful on the pitch in finishing the trip with two victories and one draw, but the squad also noticed an improvement in team cohesion and togetherness because of the different examples of adversity that they faced.

“The reality was that the Spain trip changed us,” head coach Jim Thomas said. “It changed the staff, the players, and the bonds and interactions between us. I think the big thing that you get out of that much time together and those kind of situations is that they are extremely unique. We have definitely noticed a newfound trust has built that we have really benefitted from day in and day out.”

Whether it was travelling six hours on a bus and playing a game with little to no warmup, or dealing with unexpected changes in regards to locker rooms and fields, the team learned to welcome the adversity and turn on the “light switch”.

The “light switch” is something that has carried over into the Bronco preseason training. While fatigue and long days are synonymous with preseason training, the team has shown the ability to make a concerted effort to bring a refreshed, focused mindset at the beginning of each drill, film session or training session.

“We’ve adopted this thing called the ‘light switch’,” Thomas explained. “Regardless of the adversity or scenario at hand, we tell our players that they have the choice to turn the light switch on or not. Knowing that you have the power to do that is empowering. It gives our players energy when they have none, and confidence and bravado to go out and actualize their talent.”

Boise State will have the opportunity to showcase its improvements this weekend against a Grizzly team that was picked to finish third in the Big Sky according to preseason coaches’ poll. With eight starters and 96 percent of their goals scored from a year ago returning, Montana and head coach Mark Plakorus will be a challenging opponent for the Broncos on Friday.

 “We played them last year, so we have a pretty good idea of what that 96 percent looks like,” Thomas said. “Knowing Mark, he is one of the kings of preparation. He knows what his team needs to do and is incredibly experienced. As opening games go, this will be a huge challenge.”

Be sure to catch the Broncos in both matches this weekend on the Boise State Recreation Turf Field, as they will be taking on Montana on Friday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. and Southern Utah on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.

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