Players on the soccer team celebrate after a goal during the game against Grand Canyon University. (Source: WSU Athletics)
Players on the soccer team celebrate after a goal during the game against Grand Canyon University. (Source: WSU Athletics)

Last week the Weber State University women’s soccer team returned after two games in the Atlantic Coast Conference to face off against in-state rivals Westminster. The Wildcats were able to score on Westminster ending the game 1-0 Weber and picking up their first win of the season.

The Wildcats controlled the flow of the game against the Griffins, out-shooting them 15-6 overall and 8-2 in shots on frame. Despite this, Westminster kept up a great defense to counter Weber’s control over the ball, but eventually WSU broke through at 72:43 min on the clock to score. The goal was made by freshman midfielder/forward Madison Garlock, with an assist from freshman defender Olivia Hoddy. Just before the goal, junior midfielder Chansi Crompton sent the ball flying off a corner kick and rattled it around a couple of times before going outside to Hoddy. Hoddy sent it back in, where Garlock then sent it home from 12 yards out.

Another great performance for the night was freshman goalkeeper Nikki Pittman who kept up a great guard, putting away a pair of saves and turning away six total shots. This momentum continued as Weber went up against Grand canyon last Sunday. This game likewise ended in a Wildcat victory of 1-0.

The team’s performance this past weekend helped them to bounce back after their season opening road trip to the Atlantic Coast where they played North Carolina and Duke University. North Carolina and Duke, who are ranked 5th and 21st by the NCAA, and are considered some of the best teams Weber’s soccer program has ever played. Despite a 0-4 loss to Duke and a 0-3 loss to North Carolina, WSU was able to gain valuable experience against the eastern time zones finest.

“I was happy with our team effort tonight; the girls stayed organized and together,” Weber State coach Tim Crompton said in a statement. “I thought we looked a little nervous on the ball; that’s something that North Carolina can do to you for sure. We played out of pressure well as we settled down and gained some confidence on the ball. There were certainly a lot of positive moments for us to build on.”

“Duke had a number of very talented individual players, and at times those players were able to convert against the run of play,” said Coach Crompton Our girls were putting themselves in the right places, just a step behind in some key spots. All things considered, it was a great experience for our players, and I couldn’t be more excited for this group after these two games.”

The Wildcats now stand at 2-2-0 on the season and will continue traveling, facing Border War Rivalry foes New Mexico State and UTEP on Sept. 4 and 6, respectively, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

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