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Wildcat soccer set for Big Sky home opener Friday
Courtesy: Weber State  
Release: Saturday 09/24/2012
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OGDEN, Utah - After earning a split during the opening weekend of Big Sky Conference play, the Weber State University women's soccer team returns home to kick off a three-match homestand.

The Wildcats will resume Big Sky play against Northern Arizona on Friday afternoon, with kickoff set for 3 p.m. at Wildcat Soccer Field.

On Sunday, Weber State will host in-state rival - and Big Sky newcomer - Southern Utah at Noon.

"We are really excited to finally be back at home after a long few weeks of traveling," Weber State junior goalkeeper Ryann Waldman said. "Now that conference has started, we are working harder than ever to make sure we get to stay home for the conference tournament.

"We have a lot of healthy, talented girls coming into the long stretch of conference, which puts us in a nice and comfortable spot competitively."

Weber State and Northern Arizona will be meeting for the 19th time, with the Wildcats holding an 11-5-2 lead in the all-time series. The Lumberjacks, however, have commanded the series in recent years as they carry a four-match unbeaten streak dating back to the 2008 Big Sky Conference championship match.

Prior to Northern Arizona's recent success, the Lumberjacks went 10 matches from 2000-2008 without a win in the series.

This will be the fifth meeting between Weber State and Southern Utah, and the first since the 2006 season. The Wildcats lead the series 3-1-0.

It's the first meeting between the teams in Ogden since the 2004 season when Weber State beat Southern Utah 2-1.

"I am really excited to play at home," freshman central midfielder Chansi Crompton said. "I think everyone on the team knows how important it is to perform well and come out with a win. We would have liked to come home with two wins on the road, but we can't change that now. We just need to move forward."

Freshman forward Mackenzie Harrison's match-winning goal during Friday's Big Sky Conference opener was her team-high third of the season. Harrison also leads Weber State in total points with seven, as well as shots (28) and shots on goal (15).

Harrison's three goals are tied for the seventh most in a single-season by a freshman at Weber State.

Freshman central midfielder Chansi Crompton had her team-leading fourth assist on Harrison's goal. Crompton has six points on a goal and four assists. Crompton's four assists are tied for the third most in a single season by a freshman, and she needs just one more to tie former greats Natalie Hensley (2000) and Hayley McCoy (2005) for the most by a freshman.

Senior Ari Aki is second with two assists, while sophomore Mackenzie Day is second in goals scored with two and third in total points with four.

Junior goalkeeper Ryann Waldman has a 1.34 Goals-Against Average, recording 45 saves, in 871 minutes of field time. The Milton, Wash.-native has two complete-match shutouts, including the 1-0 clean sheet against Eastern Washington in last Friday's Big Sky Conference opener at Eastern Washington.

As a team, Weber State has nine goals this season, just three fewer than last season's squad that finished third in the Big Sky and advanced to the conference tournament championship match.

The Wildcats have recorded 121 shots, placing 53 on frame, for an on-goal percentage of 43.8 percent.

Northern Arizona is 1-0-0 in Big Sky play, defeating Southern Utah 1-0 in Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Lumberjacks are 3-5-2 overall, and carry a three-match unbeaten streak into Friday's match in Ogden.

Southern Utah is 0-1-0 in Big Sky play, falling to Northern Arizona 1-0 in their opener last Friday. The Thunderbirds are 1-5-1 overall and will take on Idaho State on Friday in Pocatello, Idaho, before traveling to Ogden for the match on Sunday.

After this weekend's two matches, Weber State will wrap up its current three-match homestand on Saturday, Oct. 6, against rival Idaho State. That match will kickoff at Noon at Wildcat Soccer Field.


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