The Boas Soccer Complex was home to two Boise State women’s soccer victories on Friday, Aug. 17 against Northwest Nazarene and Sunday, Aug. 19 against University of Idaho. In front of hundreds of Bronco fans, the women defeated Northwest Nazarene 5-0 and University of Idaho 2-1.
On Friday, junior Lily French opened the scoring for the Broncos, followed by two consecutive goals from junior McKenna Kynett. Junior Raimee Sherle and freshman Piper Flannery each chipped in a goal in the second half, clinching a victory for their first and only exhibition game of the season.
On Sunday, 517 fans witnessed the Broncos battle the Vandals for their regular season opener. Junior McKenna Kynett found the net at the six minute mark, and the score remained 1-0 into the second half. At the 52 minute mark, Sherle, the 2017 Mountain West offensive player of the year, scored the team’s second goal.
“We gave up a goal and our crowd lifted us and carried us through and we needed it,” said head coach Jim Thomas. “When you’ve got 500 odd people screaming your favor, I think that’s always a way to get us going, so we are very appreciative.”
The Vandals had a late surge in the second half when Savannah Foster scored at the 67th minute, but the Broncos were able to fend them off and keep the lead.
“We’re not 90 minutes fit yet. We don’t really have the rotation figured out yet,” Thomas said. “We have to play games in order to see that. Certainly playing against a motivated team that’s played a couple more games than we have, you could tell the difference in maybe match fitness versus actual training fitness. I think coming out of that situation with a 2-1 win is a great place for us to start.”
Both of Sunday’s goals were assisted by junior Kristina Serres, who suffered a concussion between her freshman and sophomore seasons.
“Kris has been someone who has been marred by offseason injury, she’s really a get-back story,” Thomas said. “She’s fought a lot of things off the field, so to see her out in the park today, to see her effective today and really contributing to the team means a little bit more than the two assists.”
After spending the 2017 season attempting to catch up from eight months off the field, Serres was ready to get fully back into the game.
“Winning on this team is so much fun in general,” Serres said. “Some of those crosses that came off, that’s something we directly work on in practice and that’s something that we reiterate time and time again, so to see it actually work out and to give us goals and give us a win, that’s awesome.”
Last season’s game against Idaho resulted in a 1-1 draw, with the Vandals scoring in the final second of the game to take it into overtime. The tough match featured 10 yellow cards and 39 fouls between the two teams.
“Idaho always comes out really hard and I knew that they were going to again this year,” Kynett said. “That’s the one thing that we talked about before the game and during halftime, to remember what they did to us last year and don’t let it happen again. It was important that we kept our composure and stayed calmed and relaxed.”
The team travels to University of California, Santa Barbara on Friday, Aug. 24, and will return home on Sunday, Sept. 2 to take on Southern Utah University.