OGDEN – A historic setting and two of the top teams in the Big Sky Conference.
Friday night’s showdown between league-leading Idaho and Weber State had all the trappings of a classic, and it didn’t disappoint as the Vandals and Wildcats battled to a 1-1 draw in a classic joust at Wildcat Soccer Field.
The match was the first night match in the 21-year history of Wildcat Soccer Field, where a season high-crowd of 497 saw Weber State move to 3-3-1 (10 points) in Big Sky Conference play with a hard-fought point that kept it on the path for a berth in next month’s Big Sky Conference postseason tournament.
Idaho’s Kavita Battan scored during a 23rd minute scramble in front of the Wildcat net, putting the Vandals ahead 1-0.
Weber State played some of its best offensive soccer of the season after the Vandals’ goal, as the Wildcats maintained strong possession in the final 90 minutes of the match, outshooting Idaho 19-8 during that stretch.
The Wildcats pulled level with Vandals in the 76th minute when freshman forward Paige Stevens drove the ball down the field, shaking off multiple defenders before unspooling a rocket from 15-yards out. The goals was Stevens’ team-best fourth goal of the year, with three of the strikes coming during Big Sky Conference action.
Weber State dominated action after Stevens’ goal, with sophomore midfielder Madison Garlock just narrowly missing a go-ahead goal in the 82nd minute when her chip shot caromed off the post.
Garlock got off two more quality shots and junior midfielder Kelsi Tatton had one attempt as the Wildcats outshot the Vandals 5-1 in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
Weber State will be back in action with its final home match on Sunday when the Wildcats host rival Idaho State at Noon. It is also senior day, with Weber State’s lone senior, Lana Willard, set to be honored prior to the match.