In their Big Sky Conference opener against Southern Utah University, the Weber State University soccer team demonstrated their offensive power. The Wildcats cruised to a 5–2 victory at home on Sept. 21, led by senior midfielder Chansi Crompton, who played a record-setting game.
Late in the second half, a shot by Crompton ricocheted off sophomore midfielder Sadie Newsom’s back and into the net. This unorthodox assist made Crompton the all-time career assist leader in the Big Sky with 26.
“The girls stayed focused and true to their style of play,” said head coach Tim Crompton, Chansi’s father.
Chansi Crompton said she did not expect to set the record the way she did.
“Not how I expected it to happen, but it feels pretty good,” Chansi Crompton said.
Chansi Crompton has dealt with numerous injuries in her career. She missed the entire 2016 campaign and only played four games last year before being shut down due to knee problems.
“I haven’t played for two years, so it’s kind of the joke in my family, working really hard for that one assist,” Chansi Crompton said.
Southern Utah struck first in the 17th minute, when senior forward MaKenzie Lawrence netted her third goal of the season off an assist from freshman defender Jacqueline Villanueva. From then on, The Wildcats took complete control.
Freshmen midfielders Taylor Scadlock and Olivia Barton scored their first goals of the season within a minute of each other to put the Wildcats up 2-1 toward the end of the first half.
After heading into halftime with momentum, WSU did not let their foot off of the gas pedal when they came out of the locker room for the
Twenty seconds into the second half, senior forward Morgan Quarnberg, who also had an assist in the contest game, scored a goal off a feed from senior forward Madison Garlock.
Twelve minutes later, Newsom scored the first of her two goals of the night on Crompton’s unorthodox assist.
“It’s been a great experience to be able to spend as much time with her over the years as I have,” Tim Crompton said. “Chansi’s been a great player since she was five years old.”
The head coach also said he is proud of what his daughter has accomplished for the program.
“No question she’s one of the all-time greats at Weber State,” Chansi Crompton said. “As a father and her coach, I’m certainly glad she’s been a Wildcat through and through.”
A late goal in the game by Southern Utah senior defender Brielle Bourgeois was not enough to strike a comeback for the Thunderbirds, as they dropped to 1–9 on the season.
The victory marked the first time Weber State scored five goals in a game since 2004.
The Wildcats again took the pitch two days later as they hosted Northern Arizona University. The two teams battled for 110 minutes, but ultimately, neither team was able to score. The match ended in a scoreless tie after two overtimes.
With the win and tie, WSU improved their record to 3–3–4.