Thunderbirds Take to the Road for Two
Courtesy: SUU Media Relations
Release: 10/08/2013
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SUU TAKES ON CONFERENCE LEADING PORTLAND STATE
Southern Utah (4-8-0, 1-2-0) is back on the road this week to face Portland State (7-4-1, 4-0-0) and Sacramento State (6-5-2, 2-1-1). The Thunderbirds will visit the Big Sky leading Vikings this Friday before traveling to California for a matchup with the Hornets on Sunday. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. (MT) Live stats for this week’s games will be available at www.suutbirds.com, with the match at Portland State also being aired online at www.watchbigsky.com.

ABOUT THE PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS
Portland State sits atop the Big Sky standings with a perfect record of 4-0 after taking victories over Montana, Eastern Washington, North Dakota and Northern Colorado. The Vikings are led by junior forward Eryn Brown who has scored six goals and assisted on five more. Head coach Laura Schott holds a record of 48-46-15 in six seasons at PSU. The Viks took a 3-0 win over SUU last year, in the two teams only previous meeting.

ABOUT THE SACRAMENTO STATE HORNETS
Sacramento State has already picked up conference wins over North Dakota and Montana while earning a draw against Northern Colorado. Sophomore forward Alyssa Anderson ranks among the Big Sky leaders with seven goals on the year. Randy Dedini has posted a record of 55-50-21 over the past eight seasons as the head coach in Sacramento. The Hornets took a 3-1 decision last fall in the first ever meeting between the two schools.

IDAHO STATE TAKES 2-0 WIN OVER SUU
Southern Utah (4-8-0, 1-2-0) dropped a 2-0 contest to visiting Idaho State (5-6-1, 2-0-1) Sunday. The Thunderbirds were held scoreless for just the second time this year, coming up just short on several scoring opportunities. Junior forward Amanda Ellsworth recorded the Bengals first score in the 30th minute, and Madeline Gochnour added a second in the 62nd.

SOUTHERN UTAH KNOCKS OFF WEBER STATE, 2-1
Southern Utah (4-7-0, 1-1-0) used a late goal from sophomore Sydney Cook to claim a 2-1 victory over Big Sky leader Weber State (6-3-2, 2-1-0) on Friday for its first conference win of the year. WSU took the first lead with a score by Lana Willard early in the second half. The Thunderbirds got an equalizer from senior Megan Mower just a few minutes later, followed by a game-winning header from Cook in the final moments for the come-from-behind win.

LOOKING AHEAD
The Thunderbirds play their final home games of the season next week, hosting North Dakota on Friday at 3:00 p.m. followed by a meeting with Northern Colorado on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Coverage of SUU soccer is available at www.suutbirds.com.

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