The Boise State women’s soccer team has a motto to just get better daily, regardless if they win, lose or draw. The Broncos currently are 5-3-2 (1-0-2 home, 4-3-0 away). In three games against the Pac-12 Conference, the Broncos are 2-0-1.
Boise State earned their second victory over a Pac-12 opponent this season after defeating Arizona State, 2-0. In his first season as Boise State head coach, Jim Thomas is undefeated against the teams in
“It’s a big game for a lot of people but for us we prepare for every team exactly the same,” Thomas said. “Each game we play offers an opportunity for us to win, an opportunity for us to lose and to tie.”
With back-to-back ties coming in the fifth and sixth game of the season to Washington State and Weber State, the Broncos were able to bounce back strong with victories.
In the first two games of six games straight on the road against North Dakota State and North Dakota, Boise State won 1-0 and 3-1 respectively.
“There is no change in philosophy with how we prepare regardless of our situation being at home, away, wins, losses. We just take the correct steps to move forward,” Thomas said.
The Broncos are looking to build on their first three wins of this six game road stretch. They will look to sophomore Brooke Heidemann and senior Ashley Hruby to lead them through this gauntlet of road games.
Heidemann leads the Broncos this season with six points and Hruby has provided the necessary leadership expected of a senior.
“As a group our whole senior class finds their own way to lead; no one really tries to boss people around,” Hruby said.
Heidemann’s maturity as a player is evident in her play; she was named Mountain West women’s soccer Offensive Player of the Week at the beginning of the season.
“The extra year of preparation, coming in as a freshman you don’t know what to expect, and as a sophomore I know what I am doing and more comfortable,” Heidemann said.
If the Broncos continue to win games against quality opponents, receiving an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament would not be far-fetched.
“Getting an at-large bid is one of the big goals for us, but getting better every day so we can reach that goal at the end of the season,” Heidemann said.
The Broncos have continued to get better daily with Thomas at the helm. Thomas has built a strong foundation not only for this year but for the entire women’s soccer program.