Nonconference Finale at Weber State
Sept. 14, 2017

Friday, Sept. 15 - 7 p.m. (MT) | at Weber State
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BOISE, Idaho – Constant improvement.

It’s an underlying goal that every player, coach and team strives for on a daily basis. In a way, Boise State (4-3-1) has been the embodiment of quickly evaluating games and implementing corrections in short time frames to produce constant improvement throughout the season.

Need proof? Look no further than the Broncos’ perfect 4-0 record on Sundays this season. While the Blue and Orange will be looking to start faster on weekends and pick up more points on Fridays, the growth and improvement in the 48 hours between games has been Boise State’s strongest quality in the nonconference slate.

Take last weekend’s road trip to Portland where Boise State faced two of the strongest programs on the West Coast – Washington and Portland. After suffering a tough 2-0 loss to the Huskies on Friday, the Broncos quickly turned the page and put forth an outstanding effort in a 1-0 victory against the Pilots on Sunday.

“What we did between Friday and Sunday was tremendous,” head coach Jim Thomas said recounting last weekend. “We made some key adjustments. The team was fantastic in training and excellent in video review. When you see a game plan executed like that, it’s really heartwarming as a coach because you know you have buy in from your team.”

“In the middle of the game Portland began to push and change formations, and we had to make tactical adjustments to account for that, and we did a phenomenal job of doing so. Then you harken back to Idaho and how you manage the last five or 10 minutes of a game, and we were brilliant handling the end of this game.”

The Broncos will look to carry over their momentum from last weekend tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 15) when they take on Weber State in Ogden, Utah for a 7 p.m. match at Wildcat Soccer Field.

Weber State (1-5-0) enters the match as a team with just one win, but the Broncos will likely carry plenty of motivation into the final nonconference game of the season.

The last time the two teams met was on Sept. 13, 2015 in Boise when Weber State was able to capture the 3-2 win in double overtime in a game that featured goals in the 45th, 90th and 103rd minutes from the Wildcats. With seven of the starters from 2015 still starting and regularly contributing on the 2017 squad, the Broncos will likely be looking to even the score of the all-time series that Weber State currently leads 3-2-2.

More than anything, however, the game tomorrow will represent an opportunity for the program to earn its first Friday victory. Without a chance to quickly turn around and compete again on Sunday, the Broncos will look to make the most out of the single-game weekend.

“It’s about relationships at the end of the day,” Thomas said. “We’re getting a lot of interaction on the field now where it’s easy for us to solve problems. It’s heartwarming, but this is about the growth of our program and really trying to establish a foundation for Boise State soccer in the long term.”

Fans can follow Friday’s match via live stats or the live video stream.



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