Soccer Travels to Pocatello for Governor's Cup...
Broncos will face Utah Valley and Idaho State.

► What’s Happening - Boise State University’s women’s soccer team travels to eastern Idaho this weekend to participate in the annual Governor’s Cup competition. This year’s event is being hosted by Idaho State University in Pocatello Friday and Sunday. The action begins on Friday when the Broncos play Utah Valley University at 2:30 p.m. (Mountain). The weekend will conclude at 2 p.m. on Sunday with a big instate rivalry match between Boise State and Idaho State. This is the third-consecutive weekend that the Broncos will be on the road to open the season. 

► The Governor’s Cup - The Governor’s Cup is an annual event featuring the three NCAA Division I schools in Idaho and an at-large team. The University of Idaho is the defending champion having won the event in Boise last fall. Joining Boise State, Idaho State and Idaho this year is Utah Valley from the Great West Conference.

Friday    Boise State vs. Utah Valley at 2:30 p.m.
             Idaho State vs. Idaho at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday    Idaho vs. Utah Valley at 11:00 a.m.
                Idaho State vs Boise State at 2:00 p.m.

► Broncos Looking for 100th Win - The Boise State soccer program has 99 victories in program history dating back to the inaugural season of 1998. This weekend in Pocatello they could reach the milestone 100th win against Utah Valley on Friday or Idaho State on Sunday.

► Match 5 Preview, vs. Utah Valley - Boise State begins this weekend’s Governor’s Cup action against Utah Valley at 2:30 p.m. (Mountain) at Davis Field in Pocatello, Idaho. This is the fifth match of the year for both schools with Boise State coming in at 2-2 and Utah Valley at 1-3.

● The Series:
This will be the fourth encounter between Boise State and Utah Valley all-time with the Broncos holding a 3-0 record in the series. Boise State is 3-0 all-time versus the current members of the Great West Conference.

● Last Time: The last time these two met was at Sept. 6, 2006 in Boise where the Broncos won   3-0. 

● Internet Coverage: There will be no internet coverage for this weekend.

● About the Wolverines:
Utah Valley is the defending Great West Conference champions and are picked to repeat in this year’s GWC race by the league’s coaches. The Wolverines return seven starters and 17 letterwinners from last season’s squad that went 9-10-1 overall, 5-0-1 in the Western Division of the GWC and won the league tournament.

● Utah Valley’s Head Coach: Brent Anderson is in his fifth season as head coach at UVU where he has gone 34-43-5, his career mark as a head coach is the same.

► Match 6 Preview, at Idaho State - The Broncos will conclude the Governor’s Cup competition with their annual meeting with rival Idaho State at 2:00 p.m. at Davis Field in Pocatello. This will be the sixth game of the year for both schools with Idaho State playing Idaho on Friday in the second match of the day.

● Internet Coverage: There will be no internet coverage for this weekend.

● The Series: This will be the 13th meeting all-time between these two rivals with Idaho State holding a slim edge 6-5-1 in the series. Boise State has won two in a row over the Bengals.

● The Last Time: The last time these two programs met was at last year’s Governor’s Cup in Boise on Sept. 6 when the Broncos won 2-1. Idaho State opened the scoring with a Kacey Ball goal in the 60th minute. However, Boise State rallied for the victory on goals by Erica Parks in the 76th minute and Shannon Saxton, 52 seconds later, in the 77th minute.

● About the Bengals: Idaho State is a member of the Big Sky Conference where it was picked by the coaches to place fifth in this year’s league race. The Bengals return eight starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 10-8-0 overall and 4-3-0 in conference tying for third place. 

 ● Idaho State’s Head Coach: Allison Gibson is in her fifth season as head coach at ISU where she has gone 32-35-11, Gibson’s career mark is the same.

The Bronco Notebook...

► What’s Happened Recently - The Broncos earned a road split last weekend in Colorado dropping a 2-1 heartbreaker at Air Force on a 106th minute penalty kick then regrouping to win at Colorado College 3-1. Four different Boise State players recorded goals last weekend Erica Parks versus Air Force followed by career first goals from Gabby Garcia, Tylyn Hughes and Katy Oehring against Colorado College. Liz Ruiz made an impressive 13 saves in the win against CC.

► Ruiz has Solid Weekend in Goal - The second weekend of the season Aug. 27-29 Boise State junior goalkeeper had a solid outing in goal for the Broncos. She recorded 19 saves on 22 shots on goal for a 86.4 save percentage. Yes she did allow three goals but two were on penalty kicks. If not for the near sure goals she would have had an outstanding performance. She recorded 13 saves at Colorado College which tied for third most in program history.

► Youth Movement - The Broncos have had to shuffle their lineup around during the first four contest because of injuries and other circumstances which has seen several projected starters miss games. Heading into week three Boise State has scored six goals, five from underclassmen. Sophomore Erica Parks has two and freshmen Gabby Garcia, Tylyn Hughes and Katy Oehring each have one. The only upperclassman to score this season is JC transfer Kati Lucas. Three true freshmen have started at least two matches to date Ashley Hruby, Kallie Neimann and Mackenzie Hickel.

► Leading Boise State - To date Five Broncos have recorded goals on the season led by sophomore forward Erica Parks with two to go with one assist for five points. Four players have dished out at least one assist led by senior forward Shannon Saxton with two.

► Saxton Eyes Career Record for Goals - In three years Shannon Saxton has written her name into the Bronco record book ranking in the top-10 of 46 categories. The senior enters 2010 within one goal of tying Brittany Zoellner’s record for career goals at 30, Saxton has 29.

► Saxton Extends Points and Assists Records - On Aug. 22 at Portland State Shannon Saxton was credited for two assists against the Vikings. As a result, Saxton extended two school records, her career assists total went from 16 to 18 while increasing her points record from 74 to 76.  

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