CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Wildcats just keep rolling along.
Behind first half goals from senior forward Lana Willard and freshman forward Paige Stevens, the Weber State University women’s soccer team dropped in-state rival Southern Utah 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Thunderbird Soccer Field.
The win is the Wildcats third consecutive victory, with the Purple and White moving to 3-1-0 in Big Sky Conference play, and leveling its overall record at 5-5-1. Southern Utah fell to 1-2-0 in league action, 2-7-1 overall.
Willard and Stevens both scored for the second consecutive match, as Weber State won in Cedar City for the second straight season and improved to 6-3-0 in nine all-time meetings between the in-state rivals.
Weber State raced ahead in the fourth minute of action when Willard found the back of the net on a pass from sophomore midfielder Madison Garlock, and the Wildcats doubled up that advantage in the 22nd minute when Stevens found the back of the net.
It marked the third consecutive match the Wildcats have scored at least two goals, and the second straight match that WSU has scored two first-half goals.
Southern Utah broke through in the 73rd minute to make it 2-1, but Weber State held the Thunderbirds to just two shots in the final 17 minutes to secure the win.
Weber State will be back in action on Friday, remaining on the road as it travels to take on long-time conference rival Montana in Missoula, Mont., and then faces league-leading Eastern Washington on Sunday in Cheney, Wash.