The Cougars face Long Beach on the road and Idaho State at home this week. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
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PROVO -- After suffering two disappointing road defeats, BYU looks to bounce back this week against Long Beach State on Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m. The Cougars then hope continue their home success when they face Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at South Field.
The 49ers were picked to finish second in the Big West Conference, edged by only one point by UC Santa Barbara. The 49ers have won the last two Big West regular season titles. Long Beach has out-scored its opponents 11-4, and two of their wins were shutouts. They are also out-shooting their opponents by an average of 13.6 to 5.6 shots per game. Kristen Kiefer is the 49ers leading scorer on the season with three goals. Three players (Hayley Bolt, Kim Silos and Lindsay Bullock) have all scored twice. The Beach has notched 37 corner kick attempts while they have allowed their opponents only seven.
The Bengals were picked to finish sixth in the Big Sky Conference after posting a 2-2-3 conference record in 2007. Idaho State won its first two games before losing the next three. They are 1-1-0 on the road this season. Statistically, the Bengals are being out-shot by their opponents 44-75. The team has scored five goals and allowed seven on the season. Five players have each scored one goal; junior midfielder Annamarie Hofstetter leads the team with 11 shots.
The Cougars have done well at South Field, posting a 2-0 record so far this year, outscoring their two opponents 5-1.
Fans can get into the game for $1 by showing their BYU-UCLA football ticket stub at the gate. All students can get in free by showing their student ID.
A live stat feed will be available for both the Long Beach and Idaho State games. The Idaho State match will also be broadcast live on BYUTV and KBYUTV.
Fans can join the BYU Athletic Marketing Women's Soccer Texting group by texting the word "WSOC" to 83043. Members of the group will receive information about upcoming games and promotions, as well as updates on the team.