Thunderbirds Set to Host Big Sky Rivals
Courtesy: SUU Media Relations
Release: 10/01/2013
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WEBER STATE AND IDAHO STATE VISIT SUU THIS WEEKEND
Southern Utah (3-7-0, 0-1-0) wraps up a five-game homestand by hosting Big Sky rivals Weber State (6-2-2, 2-0-0) this Friday at 4:00 p.m. followed by Idaho State (4-5-1, 1-0-1) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Wildcats bring a perfect conference mark of 2-0 into the match after earning wins over Montana and Eastern Washington. The Bengals also picked up a victory over the Eagles and played to a 1-1 draw against the Grizzlies. Southern Utah is still looking for its first conference win of the year after being edged by Northern Arizona last Saturday in its Big Sky opener. Live stats for this week’s games will be available at www.suutbirds.com.

ABOUT THE WEBER STATE WILDCATS
Weber State is tied with Portland State atop the Big Sky standings with a league mark of 2-0. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Harrison leads the attack and ranks among the Big Sky scoring leaders with five goals. Head coach Tim Crompton is in his tenth season at his alma mater where he holds a record of 75-89-20. The Thunderbirds are 1-4 all-time against the Wildcats, most recently taking a 1-0 loss in Ogden last season.

ABOUT THE IDAHO STATE BENGALS
Defending Big Sky champion Idaho State finished in a first-place tie in the conference preseason polls. Senior defender Allyson Stainbrook leads ISU with four goals on the year. Allison Gibson has posted a record of 56-67-18 over the past eight seasons as the head coach at Idaho State. The Thunderbirds are 1-10 all-time against the Bengals, most recently taking a 2-1 defeat in Pocatello last season.

NAU EDGES SOUTHERN UTAH 3-2 IN SECOND OVERTIME
Visiting Northern Arizona scored a goal with just over two minutes remaining in the second overtime period to come away with a 3-2 win over Southern Utah in the teams’ Big Sky Conference opener on Saturday. The match developed into a back-and-forth contest that saw two ties, three lead changes and nearly two full extra periods. Sabrina Hernandez and Nancy Brich each notched their second goal of the year for the Thunderbirds while Nicole Sherwin recorded the game-winner for NAU.

LOOKING AHEAD
The Thunderbirds take to the road next week for conference matches at Portland State and Sacramento State. SUU visits the Vikings on Friday Oct. 11 at 2:00 p.m. (MT) before traveling to California to meet up with the Hornets on Sunday in another 2 o’clock showdown. Coverage of SUU soccer is available at www.suutbirds.com.

RPI RANKINGS RELEASED
Southern Utah is currently No. 232 in the NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI rankings. The Thunderbirds sit near the top third of the nation’s 327 Divison 1 teams and ahead of regional programs such as Fresno State (250), Wyoming (239), Utah Valley (244) and Colorado State (306).
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