Broncos to Host 2009 Governor's Cup, the First of Three Consecutive Home Tournaments ...
Broncos home for first time in 2009.

► What’s Happening - Boise State University (2-2-0) is home for the first of three consecutive home tournaments this weekend when they host the 2009 Governor’s Cup. This is the seventh edition of the tournament that features Boise State, Idaho (0-0-0), Idaho State (0-0-0) and one at-large non-Idaho school. Joining the three Idaho public universities at this year’s cup is the University of Montana (0-0-0). There will be two matches each day on Friday and Sunday.  

Tournament Schedule (All times are mountain time zone):
    Friday (Sept. 4)    Match 1 at 2:30 p.m.    Idaho vs. Idaho  State
        Match 2 at 5:00 p.m.    Boise State vs. Montana

    Sunday (Sept. 6)    Match 3 at 11:30 a.m.    Idaho vs. Montana
        Match 4 at 2:00 p.m.    Boise State vs. Idaho State

► What’s Happened Recently -
Boise State returned from the east coast last weekend, Aug. 28-30, with a 1-1-0 record at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. They opened the competition with a dominating 3-1 victory over Rider University on Friday. Kaylea Perenon, Maureen Fitzgerald and Erica Parks all scored for the Broncos. On Sunday Boise State played their host the Navy Midshipmen. The Broncos fell behind 2-0 early but battled back coming up short in a 2-1 loss, Shannon Saxton recorded the Broncos’ lone goal.  

Looking at Boise State...

► Boise State has Three Named to Navy Invitational All-Tournament Team - ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (8/30/2009) - Boise State was represented on the Navy Invitational All-Tournament Team by senior midfielder Kaylea Perenon, junior defender Malia Hendrix and freshman midfielder Maureen Fitzgerald. Perenon and Fitzgerald each recorded one goal and one assist, while Hendrix was a standout in the back line.

Kaylea Perenon Named Boise State Athlete of the Week - Boise, Idaho (8/31/2009) - Kaylea Perenon a senior on the Boise State soccer team was named Boise State’s first athlete of the week for the fall semester. The award goes to the top performer at Boise State from all sports for the previous week.

► In General - The 2009-10 academic year is the 40th anniversary of women’s athletics at Boise State University and the 12th for the soccer program. The Broncos are entering their ninth season as members of the Western Athletic Conference where they have been picked to place fourth in this year’s league race by the head coaches of the nine member institutions. Boise State is coming off a school record 11 wins in 2008 going 11-8-2 overall and 3-3-1 in league play to place fourth.

► Briefly About the Team - Boise State features a young squad with 21 underclassmen on the roster of 28: eight true freshmen, two redshirt freshmen, 10 sophomores, and one redshirt sophomore. Joining the underclassmen are three seniors and four juniors. Five of the seven upperclassmen back are returning starters.

► 2009 Scoring Leaders - To date Boise State has recorded seven goals and seven assists. Six different individuals have scored a goal and seven have recorded an assist. Freshman Maureen Fitzgerald leads the team in scoring heading into week three with two goals and one assist for five points. Kaylea Perenon, Eric Parks and Shannon Saxton all have one goal and one assist on the year.

► 2009 Team Stats - To date Boise State has recorded seven goals and seven assists. Six different individuals have scored a goal and seven have recorded an assist. Boise State averages 1.75 goals per game and has a shots on goal percentage of 35.8 percent. Defensively, the Broncos have allowed five goals this season for a 1.25 goals against average, with no shutouts. 

► What’s Back for Boise State - Boise State returns 18 veterans and seven starters from last year’s roster, and welcome eight newcomers. The seven starters back are seniors Jen Burns (goalkeeper) and Kaylea Perenon (midfielder), juniors Shannon Saxton (forward), Cheyenne Jones (midfielder), and Malia Hendrix (defender), and sophomores Chelsea Robinson (midfielder) and Lindsay Roberts (defender). The Broncos return four of their top five scorers but lost two to injury forcing them to redshirt in 2009. Saxton and Robinson are the top two scorers back recording six and three goals respectively.

► The Head Coach - The 2009 season marks Steve Lucas’ 10th as head coach of the Broncos where he currently owns  a 75-81-18 record to date. This is Lucas’ 12th season overall with the program after serving two years as the assistant before his promotion in 2000. Against this week’s competition Lucas is 5-2-0 versus Montana and 4-5-0 versus Idaho State.

Looking at the Governor’s Cup...

► History - This weekend’s Governor’s Cup is the seventh edition of the event and fourth straight year in which it has been held. The event dates back to 1998 when all three of Idaho’s public universities started their soccer programs. The coaches at that time decided to meet annually in a tournament with one at-large team, that lasted three years when it was discontinued in 2001. In 2006 the event was brought back with Boise State hosting the tournament. As before when the cup was first held all three Idaho schools take turns hosting the competition on a rotating basis. The University of Idaho won the first Governor’s Cup going 2-0-0 in 1998. Last year Seattle University went undefeated to became the first non-Idaho school to win the event.

Looking at the Montana Match...

► About Montana - Montana is the first of two Big Sky Conference schools that Boise State will play this weekend. The Grizzlies were picked to place fourth in this year’s league race by the Big Sky coaches. In 2008 they went 6-10-2 overall and 3-3-1 in league finishing in a tie for fourth place out of eight schools. They return six starters and 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad. Junior Kaitlyn Heinsohn is the top returning goal scorer from last year when she scored five along with two assists, while sophomore Brandee Marone added four goals. Neil Sedgwick is in his sixth season at the helm of the Montana program where he has gone 30-55-9 overall. Sedgwick is 0-5-0 versus Boise State.  

► In 2009 - Montana enters the Governor’s Cup without scoring a goal in three previous matches and are 0-3-0 overall. They have yet to play at home losing 3-0 at Gonzaga, and 2-0 last weekend at Iowa and Iowa State. 

► The Series - Friday’s encounter between the Broncos and Grizzlies will be the eighth in the series. Montana won the first two meetings while Boise State has won the last five including a 2-1 victory at Montana (Missoula) last fall. In 2008 all of the scoring came in the final period with the Broncos taking a 1-0 lead on Molly Hill’s goal in the 49th minute followed by Montana’s Sara Campbell knocking in a penalty kick in the 73rd. The decisive score was from Boise State’s Emma Boyack in the 77th minute.

► Boise State versus the Big Sky - Both matches this weekend are against members of the Big Sky Conference. The Grizzlies are the second of four Big Sky Conference schools the Broncos will play this year, while Idaho State will be the third. Boise State defeated Portland State W 3-1 on the road Aug. 23, and will host Northern Colorado in next week’s Holiday Inn Classic in Boise Sept. 11-13. Entering this weekend Boise State is 30-12-6 all-time versus the current members of the Big Sky Conference, the Broncos went 4-0-1 last year versus the league. 

Looking at the Idaho State Match...

► About ISU - Idaho State is the third of four Big Sky schools that Boise State will play in 2009. The Bengals were picked to place seventh in this year’s conference race by the league’s head coaches. They return nine starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 3-12-4 overall and 1-5-1 to place eighth in the conference standings. Junior Lauren Ryan is the top returning scorer with four goals and two assists in 2008. Allison Gibson is in her fourth season at Idaho State where she has a 22-28-11 overall record. She is 2-1-0 versus Boise State.   

► In 2009 - Idaho State enters the Governor’s Cup at 2-2-0 overall and are coming off a split last weekend winning at Southern Utah 2-1 before dropping a 2-0 decision at home to Maine. They have also defeated WAC member New Mexico State 2-1 in double-overtime at Las Cruces, N.M., on Aug. 23. Leading the Bengals in scoring are Ashley Jones with two goals and Ryan with one.

► The Series - Sunday’s encounter featuring Boise State and Idaho State will be the 12th meeting all-time with Idaho State holding a 6-4-1 advantage in the series. Boise State won the last match between the two schools by the score of 2-1 in the 2008 Governor’s Cup played at Moscow, Idaho. In that contest all the scoring came in the first half with Boise State’s Andrea Huerta giving the Broncos an early lead with a 12th minute strike. ISU’s Taylor Powell tied the score in the 30th minute, while Janelle Jin netted the game-winner for Boise State in the 43rd.

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