Boise State heads to Pocatello for the Governor's Cup, will face Idaho State and Southern Utah...

Boise State (1-1-0) travels to Pocatello, Idaho for the fifth Governor’s Cup competition. They open with the host Idaho State Bengals (0-1-1) at 4:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Friday following the conclusion of the first match between Idaho and Southern Utah. The Broncos with then face Southern Utah (0-0-1) at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday to wrap up week two of the season.

Week Two Quick Notes...

Broncos opened 10th season with a split in Reno, Nev. ...

Boise State opened their 10th season of competition on the road in Reno, Nevada last weekend going 1-1-0. They defeated Portland State of the Big Sky Conference 3-0 on Friday (Aug. 31) then followed that with a 3-0 loss to the PAC-10’s Oregon Ducks on Sunday (Sept. 2).

Saxton makes history in season opener against Portland State...

Boise State freshman Shannon Saxton made history on Aug. 31 when she led the Broncos to a 3-0 victory over Portland State in Reno, Nev. The Aloha, Ore. native recorded the best opening day performance for a Boise State soccer player in history having a hand in all three Bronco scores to record five points. She dished out the game-winning assist (one point) to Randi Baker, then followed that up with two goals (two points apiece) of her own. In fact, she narrowly missed the hat trick in her Boise State debut. The previous best was two goals (four points) by Kaziah Hill, a sophomore at the time, against Idaho in 2001.

Broncos record first ever season opening victory on the road...

Prior to last Friday’s season opener against Portland State in Reno, Nev. the Broncos had never won a season opener away from Boise. They had gone 0-2-1 in previous opportunities with a 2-2 draw at Hawaii in 2000 being the closest they had come. Last Friday they opened with a 3-0 victory over PSU at a neutral site. They are 4-2-0 all-time when opening the season at home.

Boise State versus Idaho State...

When one talks about an instate rivalry there is usually no need to mention the intensity expected at the match, this rivalry is no different. The two have won eight of the previous nine Gem State championships (four each) between them. Idaho State won last year 1-0 in Boise and currently holds a 5-3-1 advantage in the series. Seven of the nine matches played to date have been decided by one goal or less, including a 0-0 draw in 1998.

The last time the Broncos and Bengals met, Sept. 3, 2006...

BOISE, Idaho - ISU’s Tia Burns recorded the lone goal of the match in the 41st minute to hand the Bengals the victory. The contest was a defensive battle with neither team having many opportunities to shoot at the opponents goal. Idaho State had a three-to-two advantage in shots on goal during the 90 minutes of action.

About Idaho State...

ISU (1-1-0) played down in Las Vegas to open the season dropping a 1-0 decision to Arizona State before rebounding to draw with Cal State Fullerton 1-1. They are the defending Big Sky champions and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bengals return eight starters from 2006.

The Broncos versus the Big Sky...

Boise State is a combined 24-10-4 (.684) all-time versus current members of the Big Sky Conference. That includes a 3-0 victory over Portland State last Friday (Aug. 31). The Broncos went 3-1-0 against the Big Sky last year with wins over Montana, Eastern Washington, and Sacramento State, while falling to Idaho State.

Boise State versus Southern Utah...

Sunday’s contest will be the fourth meeting all-time between the Broncos and Thunderbirds. The two opened last year against each other in Boise where Boise State won 3-1. The Broncos currently own a 2-0-1 record in the all-time series.

The last time the Broncos and Thunderbirds met, Aug. 25, 2006...

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State broke open a close1-0 match in the final ten minutes to claim a 3-1 victory. The Broncos saw goals from Erin Wofford (3:15), Annie Tom (82:33), and Danielle Schwalbe (86:49), while SUU’s Erica Berlin (87:02) scored to make it a 3-1 game at the buzzer.

About Southern Utah...

The Thunderbirds played one match last week earning a 1-1 draw with Utah Valley. They return nine starters from last season’s 5-10-3 squad.

Boise State versus the Summit League...

Boise State is 3-0-1 all-time against current members of the Summit League (formerly the Mid-Continent Conference). Besides going 2-0-01 against Southern Utah, they defeated IUPUI 4-1 during the 2005 campaign.

Boise State returns six starters from 2006 squad...

The Broncos returned six starters from last year even though some have seen a change of position. The starters include Katie Keller who has been moved to defender from the midfield, Melanie Bohnet remains a defender, Randi Baker will see more time in the midfield instead of up top, Nicole Tadman remains in the midfield, while Sabrena Schwinn stays in the back line (defender). Two-time All-WAC honoree Alli Tsuchida will move forward to the midfield in 2007.

Alli Tsuchida, a two-time All-WAC honoree returns for senior season...

The top player returning from last year’s roster is senior Allison Tsuchida. The Honolulu, Hawaii native is a four year starter and has garnered two consecutive postseason All-WAC honors as a defender. This season look for her in more of a defensive midfield role.

Boise State has the largest senior class in program history...

11 seniors will be playing their final season in the Bronco blue and orange this year. They beat last year’s class of six to become the largest in Boise State soccer history. The group includes starters Alli Tsuchida, Katie Keller, Melanie Bohnet, Erin Wofford, Brittney Dugger, Sophie Parrish, Jessica Hobdey, Nicole Tadman, and reserves Natalie Griffin, Samantha Gambala, and Michaela Morrison.

Boyack scored against Brazil in the World University Games...

Junior Emma Boyack recorded one goal this past summer for her national team during the World University Games Tournament (Aug. 8-15) in Bangkok, Thailand. She competed for New Zealand in all five matches during the competition including two starts. Boyack recording her lone goal in the 30th minute against Brazil on Aug. 9.


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