September 4, 2012

Eastern Plays Utah State and Boise State This Weekend at Viking Classic

Eagles look to keep winning record alive against Aggies, while searching for first ever win against Broncos

Upcoming Games/Coverage

EWU vs. Utah State
Friday, Sept. 7 | 6 p.m. PST
Hillsboro Stadium | Hillsboro, Ore.

EWU vs. Boise State
Sunday, Sept. 9 | 10:30 a.m. PST
Hillsboro Stadium | Hillsboro, Ore.


The Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team will travel to the familiar Hillsboro Stadium this weekend – home of Big Sky Conference foe PSU. But this trip to Portland will not include a match against the Vikings.

Instead, the opening round of the Viking Classic on Friday (Sept. 7) will find the Eagles matched up against Utah State at 6 p.m. The Eagles will close the weekend against Boise State on Sunday (Sept. 9) at 10:30 a.m.

A look at past records shows Eastern owning a 3-2 all-time record against Utah State. But the two teams have not met since 2007, when the Eagles handed the Aggies a 2-1 loss in Cheney, Wash. And Utah State has seen a lot of success since then, with three 10-win seasons and a berth in the 2011 NCAA national tournament. The Aggies return seven starters, including top point earner Kendra Pemberton, from that team.

The Aggies hold a 5-1-1 record on the season, capturing a win against newly-named Big Sky school Southern Utah in a preseason exhibition match (Aug. 11). They continued the winning streak versus Utah and UTEP in their first two season matches. USU’s contest against Northern Colorado on Friday (Aug. 31) dealt it the first loss of the season, falling 1-0 to the Big Sky school. Four of its five wins have ended in a one-point difference, with the game-winning goal falling in the final minutes of the second half or during overtime. Eastern will need to produce 90 strong minutes to edge out this second-half team.

Boise State just snapped a three game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime win against Idaho State on Sunday (Sept. 2). Previously, the Broncos were dealt a 6-0 rout by Washington State (Aug. 24), only one week after Eastern held the Cougars to just two goals in a 2-0 loss. However, the Broncos controlled North Dakota State in a 4-1 win in their second match of the season – a pairing that resulted in a 3-2 loss for Eastern. 

A win over Boise State has eluded the Eagles for over a decade. In eleven season matchups, the record stands at 10-0-1, in favor of the Broncos. In 2011, the Eagles narrowly missed an opportunity for victory. After leading the match 1-0 in the first half, the red and white let two second-half goals slip past for a 2-1 defeat.  

Boise State has yet to capture a win on the road and will be looking to do so this weekend. But the Eagles have not seen victory at all this season and will be equally hungry for the win. The Broncos start the tournament against Big Sky school Portland State -- a team that is 0-4 this season.

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