Boas To Host Four Games in Homestand
Aug. 31, 2017

Friday, Sept. 1 - 2pm | Oklahoma vs. Oregon 
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Friday, Sept. 1 - 5 pm | Cal Poly vs. Boise State
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Sunday, Sept. 3 - 11 am | Oregon vs. Cal Poly
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Sunday, Sept. 3 - 2 pm | Oklahoma vs. Boise State
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BOISE, Idaho - 
Boise State (2-1-1) returns home to the Boas Soccer Complex this weekend and will take on Cal Poly on Friday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. and Oklahoma on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. The weekend will also feature two neutral games that will precede Boise State’s two home games: Oklahoma vs. Oregon (Friday – 2 p.m.) and Oregon vs. Cal Poly (Sunday – 11 a.m.)

The Broncos are off to their best four-game start since 2008, recently including a 1-1 tie at Idaho and a 1-0 victory at Idaho State last weekend. The two results have put Boise State into a tie for second place in the Mountain West nonconference standings, but the Broncos were just one second away from coming away with six points on the weekend.

In what was a boisterous environment last Friday night that included 4,171 Vandal fans armed with vuvuzelas, Idaho scored on a free kick with one second remaining to eventually solidify the 1-1 result. The Broncos almost found the golden goal in the second overtime, but were forced to settle with a draw.

“At the end of the day, they had a lot of set pieces that they were playing directly into the box and the game (rivalry) lent itself into being a crazy atmosphere,” assistant coach Maite Zabala commented on last Friday. “But again, that was only our second week of the season, and it’s beneficial to reflect on those things and learn.”

The biggest bright spot of the weekend indeed turned out to be the Broncos’ capacity to quickly correct the mistake and show growth in end of game management in Sunday’s game at Idaho State.

“One of the cool things from that insane ending and our conversations following that game was to see how much better our team managed the clock against Idaho State on Sunday,” Zabala said. “We did a much better job of getting the ball to the corners and being smart down the stretch.”

Baylee Blaser (who scored both goals on the weekend) got on the board against Idaho State with a PK in the 14th minute. The redshirt senior was fouled in the box on an aggressive run that left the Bengal defender with no choice but to drag her down from behind.

Her four goals on the season is tied for tops in the Mountain West and is tied for fifth in the country. The Broncos’ seven goals on the season is tied for second in the conference, and their five assists is third best in league, as well.

The Blue and Orange will need a composed, balanced attack against Cal Poly and Oklahoma who are similar to the Broncos in that they are both possession-based teams who are methodical in their attack.

Sunday’s matchup also will have natural intrigue with Boise State fans, as it is one of the few times since the 2007 Fiesta Bowl that the Broncos and Sooners have faced off in any sport. The iconic game 10 years ago is synonymous with Boise State, and it’s a connection that the team will keep in the back of their minds this weekend.

“One of the things we have been talking about lately is representing our university and city with pride,” Zabala explained. “So I have no doubt that if that’s our responsibility, we’re going to need to look back on the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and draw some inspiration from it.”

The first 150 fans to games on both days will receive rally towels while Sunday will include free pizza, a face painting station and an opportunity for fans who attended Saturday’s football game to use their football tickets as free admission to the soccer game.

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