Boise State to Face Vikings, Mustangs at Viking Soccer Classic

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What's Happening This Week: The Boise State women's soccer team will travel to Hillsboro, Ore., this week for the Viking Soccer Classic, Sept. 9-11. The Broncos will open against the host Portland State Vikings at Hillsboro Stadium, Friday at 6 p.m. PT before facing the Cal Poly Mustangs Sunday at 11 a.m. Live stats will be available at www.goviks.com.

► GAME 7 PREVIEW - PORTLAND STATE - The Broncos will take part in their first true road match of the season when they face the Portland State Vikings Friday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. 

• The Series: The Broncos are historically successful against Portland State, owning an 8-0-1 unbeaten record against the Vikings. When the two teams match up in Portland, the Broncos have a 4-0-1 advantage.

• Last Time: The two squads last met for the second game of the 2010 campaign. The Aug. 22 matchup saw the Broncos get out to an early lead with a goal from Kati Lucas in the ninth minute off an assist from Ashley Hruby and Shannon Saxton. Boise State was not complacent and tacked on another score, this time from Erica Parks in the 37th minute. The insurance goal was much needed as the Vikings responded with a goal in the 50th minute. At the final whistle the Broncos had a 2-1 advantage and won continued their unbeaten streak against Portland State.

• Scouting the Vikings: The Vikings enter the tournament with a 4-2 record and are coming off two wins against Nevada and Detroit at the Wolf Pack Invitational. Senior Melissa Trammell leads the team with three goals and seven points on the season. Portland State was selected to finish fourth in the Big Sky this season.

► GAME 8 PREVIEW - CAL POLY - The Broncos will conclude their weekend with a neutral-site match against the Cal Poly Mustangs, Sunday at 11 a.m.

• The Series: While Boise State has found success against Portland State, they have struggled against Cal Poly, holding and 0-5-0 record against the Mustangs. The two teams have never played each other at a neutral site. 

• Last Time: The Broncos last saw Cal Poly, Sept. 7, 2003 in Boise. The Mustangs were the first to get on the board after an own goal by Boise State in the 22nd minute. The away team scored again in the 35th minute off a strike from Alexa Jontulovich. The Broncos brought the deficit to one goal after a Brittany Zoellner penalty kick but could not level the match before time ran out.

• Scouting the Mustangs: Cal Poly enters the tournament with a 3-3 record and is coming off a loss to St. Mary's (CA). Freshman forward Sara Lancaster leads the team with three goals on only four shots on goal. The Mustangs were predicted to finish sixth in the nine-team Big West Conference.