Boise State University (2-0-1) begins a five-week trek that will see the Broncos play nine consecutive matches on the road. It all begins this weekend when they travel to Moscow, Idaho for the sixth Governor’s Cup where they will face Idaho State University (2-1-0) on Friday followed by Seattle University (1-1-2) on Sunday.
Boise State and Idaho State will open cup competition on Friday in the first match of the day scheduled to kick-off at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) followed by the host school University of Idaho and Seattle. The second day of the competition is Sunday with Boise State and Seattle starting at noon (Mountain) followed by Idaho versus Idaho State.
► About The Governor’s Cup - The Governor’s Cup competition began in 1998 when all three of Idaho’s large four-year universities began their soccer programs. It originally lasted three years then was dropped before being reinstated for the 2006 season. Each school hosted the tournament on a rotating basis beginning with Boise State, then Idaho State, followed by Idaho. To round out the field, the host school has always invited a fourth school to compete in the cup. Boise State and Idaho have never met during the Governor’s Cup waiting instead to meet during the conference portion of the schedule. Idaho State has won both cup competitions since the tournament was revived in 2006.
Looking at Boise State...
► Recently for Boise State - The Broncos opened the season with a three match homestand that saw them go undefeated at 2-0-1. Boise State swept Northwest Nazarene University (3-0) and Eastern Washington University (4-0) during the opening weekend of Aug. 22-24. They then closed the homestand with a 2-2 draw versus Weber State University this past Sunday, Aug. 31.
► Bronco Statistical Leaders - Junior Andrea Huerta led the Broncos during the first three matches with three goals and one assist. However, sophomore Shannon Saxton match Huerta’s point total of seven with two goals and three assists. The duo leads the Western Athletic Conference in points with seven each, Huerta is top in goals scored and Saxton has the high in assists. They are followed on the team by junior Danielle Schwalbe with two goals, while freshman Chelsea Robinson is fourth with one goal and one assist. In all, 14 of the Broncos 16 newcomers have seen their Boise State debuts in the first three matches.
► Briefly About the Team - Boise State features the youngest squad in the Western Athletic Conference with 19 underclassmen on a roster of 26: 13 true freshmen, two redshirt freshmen, and four sophomores. In fact, only seven players returned who had seen action for the Broncos. In all, their are 19 players on the team who could see their Boise State debuts this year. The Broncos also returned the second fewest starters in the league with five compared to four for San Jose State.
► Back for the Broncos - Boise State returned the nation’s fourth ranked and the WAC’s top scorer for 2007 in sophomore Shannon Saxton who averaged 0.895 goals per game as a freshman. She tallied a league best 17 goals and 39 points last year. Both Saxton and senior midfielder Randi Baker where named to this season’s preseason All-WAC team.
► The Head Coach - The 2008 season marks Steve Lucas’ ninth as head coach of the Broncos where he currently owns a 65-71-16 record to date. His current squad was picked by the league’s coaches to finish fourth in this season’s WAC race after going 9-7-3 overall and 5-1-1 in conference last season, tied for second in the final standings.
Match 4 Opponent Preview...
► Boise State vs. Idaho State - Friday’s match with Idaho State is scheduled to kick-off at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) at the University of Idaho’s Wicks Field in Moscow. It is the first match at the 2008 Governor’s Cup.
► All-Time Series - Idaho State has a 6-3-1 advantage in the all-time series including a two-match win streak. The Bengals defeated the Broncos 5-2 last season at the Governor’s Cup in Pocatello. The Broncos are 27-12-6 (.667) all-time against the current Big Sky membership. They are 1-0-1 this season with a victory over Eastern Washington and a draw with Weber State.
► Recently For Idaho State - Idaho State enters the week at 2-1-0 overall and are coming off a 2-1 loss at Colorado College last Sunday. They have wins over Air Force (1-0) on the road and Utah State (2-1 dot) at home.
► Briefly on the Bengals - The Bengals are members of the Big Sky Conference where they placed fifth in last season’s league race with a 2-2-3 mark while going 7-5-6 overall. This year’s squad was picked by the conference’s coaches to finish sixth in the 2008 race. The Idaho State returned 12 letterwinners and six starters from last season’s roster.
Match 5 Opponent Preview...
► Boise State vs. Seattle - Sunday’s match with Seattle University is scheduled to kick-off at noon (Mountain) at the University of Idaho’s Wicks Field in Moscow. It will be the third overall match of the tournament and the first on Sunday.
► All-Time Series - This marks the first ever encounter between the Broncos and Redhawks.
► Recently For Seattle - The Redhawks have gone 1-1-2 so far this season after opening with a 2-1 victory at Weber State on Aug. 22, followed by a 2-1 loss at WAC member Utah State on the 24th. They are coming off a pair of draws last weekend at Sac. State (1-1) and WAC member San Jose State (0-0).
► Briefly on the Redhawks - Seattle University is in the first-of-five transition years in the move from the NCAA Division II ranks to division I. SU is currently competing as an independent while it completes the five year transition and searches for a league to call home. They were former members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) where they went 12-2-0 last season and placing second, while going 17-3-1 overall. The Redhawks returned 12 letterwinners and six starters from last season’s squad.