The Wildcat women’s soccer team got its first draw in conference play with a 1-1 tie up in Pocatello, Idaho, against the Idaho State University Bengals. The game went into double-overtime, but neither team was able to get it done.
Sophomore Chansi Crompton recorded Weber State University’s only goal, and her second of the season. Allyssa Kenney of ISU made the Bengals’ only goal.
The Wildcats’ goal came about midway through the first half of the match, as Crompton beat her defender and then shot for the far-right post in the 20th minute. WSU held on to the lead going into halftime, although there were many opportunities for the Wildcats to extend their lead, as they took 11 shots while ISU only took two.
That changed in the second half as the Bengals turned up the heat, taking eight shots in the second half and overtimes, compared to the Wildcats’ six.
ISU’s goal came early in the second half in the form of a rocket launching off of Kenney’s foot from 38 yards out, deflecting off of the crossbar and into the goal in the 49th minute to even up the match to what would eventually be the final score of 1-1.
“The girls controlled a big section of the match today,” said WSU head coach Tim Crompton. “We certainly had our chances to score a second goal, but just couldn’t get it to fall.”
Not only did the Wildcats outshoot the Bengals 19-8, but they had twice as many shots on goal as ISU did, with a total of 10 throughout the match.
While a team can’t win without goals, the same can be said about goalkeepers. WSU’s Ryann Waldman had four saves in the game to help the Wildcats earn a point on the road, and ISU’s goalkeeper, Sheridan Hapsic, had to make nine saves to avoid the loss.
“We did enough to get a point on the road, so we will take it and move forward,” Coach Crompton said.
With the tie, the Wildcats now have a conference record of 3-1-1, six points behind the first-place Portland State University Vikings, who have yet to lose in conference play.
As fate would have it, the Vikings will be in town this Thursday to take on the Wildcats at 3 p.m. With a win, the Wildcats would be still one more victory and a PSU loss away from the coveted first-place position that comes with rights to host the postseason tournament.
“We want to win the conference and host the tournament,” said sophomore forward Mackenzie Harrison earlier this year.
To make that goal a reality, Thursday’s game is seemingly a must-win, as regular season play is steadily approaching. The Vikings have two more matches against ISU and California State University, Sacramento, which both teams have yet to play this year.
The Wildcats will play their final home game of the regular season Saturday at noon as they take on the Hornets of CSUS in the Senior Day game.
The Wildcats will then finish off the season on the road with matches against the third-place University of Northern Colorado and the ninth-place University of North Dakota.