This weekend the BYU women's soccer team kicks off its 10th season on the road with a tough game Friday against Idaho State before returning to Provo for a five-game homestand beginning with No. 11 Kansas on Monday afternoon.
Idaho State and Kansas are two of seven NCAA Tournament participants scheduled to play the Cougars this season. BYU returns top players Krissa Campbell-Reinbold, Jaime Rendich, Charlene Lui and Claire Thomas from the team that finished the season 16-7-3 and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. The Cougars return seven starters and 16 letterwinners.
The Bengals finished their 2003 campaign with a 10-9-2 record and won the Big Sky Tournament. First-year coach Mark Salisbury has seven starters and 14 letterwinners returning from last year's squad.
Since their first meeting in 1998, Idaho State and BYU have met on the field four times with the Cougars leading the series 3-1. Friday's game will be a rematch of last year's second round game when BYU defeated ISU 2-0 in the NCAA Tournament. This year BYU will be looking to extend its winning streak over the Bengals to three games when the Cougars travel to Pocatello.
For BYU and Kansas, it will be only the second meeting and first since 2001 when the Cougars defeated the Jayhawks 1-0 in that year's NCAA Tournament. Kansas is coming off of a 18-6-1 season a year ago that saw them finish third in the Big 12 Conference. The Jayhawks have nine of their 11 starters and 16 letterwinners returning to this year's team.
Friday's game against Idaho State will kick off in Pocatello, Idaho, at 5 p.m. (MDT). BYU will be staying at the Cottontree Inn in Pocatello, 1415 Bench Road and will practice Friday morning at 9 a.m.
On Monday, the action gets underway against the Jayhawks of Kansas at 2 p.m., at BYU's South Stadium Field. Admission is free for the first home game. Ice cream and popcorn coupons will be given out to lucky fans.
Wednesday Sept. 1, the team will be visiting both Heleman Halls and Deseret Towers to welcome the BYU students back for fall term.