GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Wildcats wasted no time in taking care of business.
The Weber State University women’s soccer team flew out to a three-goal advantage in the first and cruised to a 3-0 victory over North Dakota on Sunday afternoon in Big Sky Conference action.
With the result, the Wildcats clinched a Big Sky Conference tournament berth for the third consecutive year, with Weber State taking the No. 3 seed into the tournament where it will face No. 2 seed Northern Arizona in the semifinals at 11 a.m. on Nov. 7 in Hillsboro, Ore. Regular season champion and tournament host Portland State will take on No. 4 seed Northern Colorado in the other semifinal.
“The conditions were far from ideal today, however, the girls stepped up today and took control early and never looked back,” Weber State coach Tim Crompton said. “We are excited to qualify for the conference tournament, and know it is no small task to get into the Big Sky tournament.”
Knowing it needed a victory to officially clinch a postseason berth, Weber State stormed out to an early lead when sophomore forward Mackenzie Harrison scored her ninth goal of the season in the eighth minute. Harrison, who has 13 points on six goals and an assist in Big Sky play, scored from 20 yards out to make it 1-0.
Sophomore forward Stacy Bair came off the bench in the first half make it 2-0 in the 34th minute, as she stole the ball from a defender after it was played into the box and fired it home.
Bair add a second goal, her fourth of the season, in the 39th minute off an assist from sophomore defender Shaylee Petersen.
“We have a few kids that came into the weekend nursing some injuries, and I was pleased they were able to play without any setbacks, which is an important piece to the puzzle heading into the tournament,” Crompton said. “Our defense played tremendous today, and all three goals were outstanding.”
Weber State outshot North Dakota 17-1 in the opening frame, including a 7-0 margin in shots on goal.
The Wildcats improved to 9-4-4 overall (5-2-2 Big Sky) with the win, and finish with their first winning regular season record since 2006. The nine wins overall is the most since the 2008 season.
Senior goalkeeper Ryann Waldman had the shutout in goal, her fifth of the season and the 18th of her career overall.