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Thunderbirds Ready to Host Bengals and Wildcats for Homecoming Weekend

The Southern Utah University soccer team will open a four-game homestand this weekend, hosting the Bengals of Idaho State and the Wildcats of Weber State for SUU’s Homecoming Weekend.

The Thunderbirds picked up their first win in Big Sky play last Friday with a 3-1 win over the Idaho Vandals. MaKenzie Lawrence notched her first career two-goal performance with goals in the 11th and 30th minutes. Ally Thimsen scored her 19th career goal, tying the SUU all-time goal scoring record and Kaitlyn Caldera made a career-high 11 saves on 23 shots faced.

Southern Utah also traveled to Eastern Washington on Sunday where they fell 4-0. The Thunderbirds are now 1-3 in Big Sky play.

Idaho State will roll into Cedar City with a 3-9-0 overall record and a 2-2-0 record in Big Sky play. The Bengals picked up a 1-0 win over Montana last weekend and a 2-1 double overtime win over Northern Colorado in the opening week of conference play. Sophomore Makena Bambei leads the Bengals in scoring with four goals on the season so far.

The Thunderbirds are 3-10-0 all-time when facing the Bengals. Southern Utah has won the last two matchups, shutting out the Bengals 3-0 last season.

The Wildcats come into the weekend with a 2-9-1 overall record and a 1-2-1 record in conference play. Last weekend they picked up a 2-0 win over Portland State and a 1-1 draw with Montana. Junior Morgan Quarnberg is the leading scorer for the Wildcats with three goals on the season, including two in their win over the Vikings.

The Thunderbirds are 3-6-0 all-time when matched up with the Wildcats. Last season Weber State was able to escape Cedar City with a 2-1 victory over the Thunderbirds.

Friday’s kickoff against the Bengals is set for 4:00 p.m. and Sunday’s Homecoming Weekend closer against the Wildcats will kick off at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on PlutoTV Channel 236. Live stats for both matches will be available at suutbirds.com.

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SUU Athletic Strategic Communications

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