Women's Soccer Looks to Bounce Back At Bronco Invite

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What's Happening This Week: The Boise State women's soccer team will look to rebound this week after a tough first weekend at the Soccer Etc./Nike Classic with losses against Montana and Oregon. The Broncos will have a shot at home-field redemption when they host Eastern Washington (Big Sky) and Gonzaga (West Coast Conference) at the Bronco Invite, Aug 26-28. Mountain West opponent, Air Force will also be competing in the tournament but will not match up against the Broncos. Boise State will first take on the Eagles of Eastern Washington during Friday's evening game at 5 p.m., before hosting the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Sunday at 2 p.m. Both games will be held at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex located just off the Boise State campus. Live stats will be available for both games, as well as a Bronco Vision broadcast at www.broncosports.com.

► GAME 3 PREVIEW - EASTERN WASHINGTON - The Broncos will take on Eastern Washington Friday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. 

• The Series: Boise State enters the match with a 10-game unbeaten streak against Eastern Washington. The Broncos own a 9-0-1 record when facing the Eagles and are 5-0-1 when the series is played at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex, where they hold a 14-4 scoring advantage over EWU.

• Last Time: The two teams last squared off Aug. 24, 2008 in Boise. The Broncos were 2-0 looking to keep the winning streak alive and did so with ease, cruising past the Eagles 4-0. The scoring was spread out as Boise State received goals from Andrea Huerta, Emma Boyack, Shannon Saxton and Danielle Schwalbe, but Saxton stole the show by tacking on two assist to her goal to finish the match with four points. The ball was bound to find the back of the net with the Broncos putting up 25 shots, nine of which were on goal. That number stifled Eastern Washington's seven total shots.

• Scouting the Eagles: The team from Cheney, Wash., lost both of its games during the season-opening weekend, falling 4-1 to Florida Gulf Coast followed by a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Robert Morris. Sophomore Siara Byers and senior Kirsten Fausko each have a goal for the Eagles this season. Eastern Washington is looking to turn things around after last season's 2-14-1 record.

► GAME 4 PREVIEW - GONZAGA - The Broncos will conclude their weekend by hosting the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Sunday at 2 p.m.

• The Series: The Bulldogs own a 4-2 record over the Broncos but the two teams are level at 1-1 when Gonzaga makes the trip to Boise.

• Last Time: The Broncos last saw Gonzaga at the Cowgirl Classic in Laramie, Wyo., Sept. 27, 2009. Liz Ruiz came up big, picking up seven saves and earning a shutout to help Boise State take a 1-0 victory. Cat Leewaye put away the game-winning goal in the 64th minute, capitalizing on a rebounded shot by Maureen Fitzgerald. The contest ended Gonzaga's three-game winning streak over the Broncos.

• Scouting the Bulldogs: Gonzaga also enters the game with a 0-2-0 record, losing to both No. 24 Illinois (5-1) and Loyola-Chicago (1-0).  Freshman Tori Lee scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs last weekend. The Bulldogs were picked to finish tied for eighth in the nine-team West Coast Conference after a sixth-place finish last season (8-11-1).