OGDEN -- After earning a split during the opening weekend of Big Sky Conference play, the Weber State University women's soccer team returns home to kick off a three-match homestand.
The Wildcats will resume Big Sky play against Northern Arizona on Friday afternoon, with kickoff set for 3 p.m. at Wildcat Soccer Field.
On Sunday, Weber State will host in-state rival -- and Big Sky newcomer -- Southern Utah at noon.
"We are really excited to finally be back at home after a long few weeks of traveling," Weber State junior goalkeeper Ryann Waldman said. "Now that conference has started, we are working harder than ever to make sure we get to stay home for the conference tournament."
Weber State and Northern Arizona will be meeting for the 19th time, with the Wildcats holding an 11-5-2 lead in the all-time series.
The Lumberjacks have won the last four, dating back to the 2008 Big Sky championship match.
This will be the fifth meeting between Weber State and Southern Utah, and the first since the 2006 season. The Wildcats lead the series 3-1-0.
Freshman forward Mackenzie Harrison's match-winning goal during Friday's Big Sky opener was her team-high third of the season. Harrison also leads Weber State in total points with seven, as well as shots (28) and shots on goal (15).
Harrison's three goals are tied for the seventh most in a single-season by a freshman at Weber State.
Freshman central midfielder Chansi Crompton had her team-leading fourth assist on Harrison's goal. Crompton has six points on a goal and four assists. Senior Ari Aki is second with two assists, while sophomore Mackenzie Day is second in goals scored with two and third in total points with four.
Waldman has a 1.34 goals-against average, recording 45 saves, in 871 minutes of field time. The Milton, Wash., native has two complete-match shutouts, including the 1-0 clean sheet against Eastern Washington in last Friday's Big Sky opener at Eastern Washington.
"We have a lot of healthy, talented girls coming into the long stretch of conference, which puts us in a nice and comfortable spot competitively," Waldman said.
As a team, Weber State has nine goals this season, just three fewer than last season's squad that finished third in the Big Sky and advanced to the conference tournament championship match.
The Wildcats have recorded 121 shots, placing 53 on frame, for an on-goal percentage of 43.8 percent.
Northern Arizona is 1-0-0 in Big Sky play, defeating Southern Utah 1-0 in Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Lumberjacks are 3-5-2 overall, and carry a three-match unbeaten streak into Friday's match in Ogden.
The Thunderbirds are 1-5-1 overall and will take on Idaho State on Friday in Pocatello, Idaho, before traveling to Ogden for the match on Sunday.
After this weekend's two matches, Weber State will wrap up its current three-match homestand on Oct. 6, against rival Idaho State. That match will kick off at noon at Wildcat Soccer Field.
* WILDCATS HEAD NORTH IN SEARCH OF VOLLEYBALL WINS: The Weber State volleyball team takes to the Big Sky Conference road this weekend searching for its first league win of the season.
The Wildcats will take a two-night swing through Montana, beginning on Friday night in Missoula, Mont., against the University of Montana.
First serve of that match is set for 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Weber State will travel across the Big Sky state to take on Montana State.
Weber State is currently 0-4 in Big Sky action, with all four losses coming at Swenson Gym. The Wildcats fell in straight sets to defending league champion Northern Colorado on Saturday, after a tough and disappointing five-set loss to North Dakota on Thursday.
Montana is currently 1-3 in Big Sky play (3-10 overall), earning its first league win on Saturday in a 3-0 sweep of winless Eastern Washington at home.
The Bobcats are 2-2 in Big Sky Conference action (8-4 overall) after splitting each of their first two weekends during league play.