The Broncos host Idaho State at 5 p.m. Friday at the Boas Soccer Complex. Boise State returns nine starters from last year’s squad, including two All-Mountain West selections: Senior defender Hailey DeVries and junior forward Baylee Blaser (Mountain View High).
The Broncos, who finished sixth in the Mountain West last year, are 8-9-1 all-time in season openers, including 6-3-0 in season openers at home. Idaho State finished last in the Big Sky last season, and has 11 newcomers on this year’s roster.
The all-time series is tied 8-8-2.
BOISE STATE CROSS COUNTRY: The Broncos were voted second in the men’s and women’s Mountain West preseason polls. The Colorado State men and New Mexico women are projected to win the conference.
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COLLEGE OF IDAHO VOLLEYBALL: The No. 11 Coyotes defeated the highest-ranked opponent in program history, defending NAIA national semifinalist and No. 4 Viterbo (Wis.), 21-25, 18-25, 28-26, 25-20, 15-13 on Thursday at the Red Lion-Anaheim Summer Slam in La Mirada, Calif. The C of I opened with a 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 loss to the Master’s College.
C OF I MEN’S SOCCER: Carter Perry (Boise High) scored in the 58th minute to lift the Coyotes to a 1-0 season-opening victory over Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE VOLLEYBALL: The Crusaders were picked to finish third in a preseason vote of GNAC coaches. Western Washington was a unanimous pick to win the league.
NNU SOCCER: The men were picked to take fourth in the GNAC, while the women were eighth. The Simon Fraser men and Western Washington women are preseason favorites.