OGDEN — Aside from one shot, the Wildcats did everything right.
Unfortunately for the Weber State University women’s soccer team, that one shot proved to be their undoing.
Northern Arizona’s Cierra Gamble scored in the 39th minute off a rebound of a blocked shot and the Lumberjacks escaped Wildcat Soccer Field with a 1-0 upset of the Wildcats in Big Sky Conference action on Friday afternoon.
Weber State recorded a season-high 24 shots, placing 11 on frame, while holding Northern Arizona to just eight and five attempts on frame.
Weber State (1-2-0 Big Sky, 3-9-0 overall) will be back in action on Sunday at noon against in-state rival Southern Utah (0-2-0 Big Sky, 1-6-1 overall). The Thunderbirds are coming off a 2-1 loss at Idaho State on Friday.
• WILDCATS WIN IN FIVE: At Missoula, Mont., the Wildcats found a return to the road to just the needed tonic.
Junior outside hitter Piper Wahlin had a career-high 18 kills and hit .255 with nine digs to lead the Weber State University women’s volleyball team to a nail-biting 25-27, 25-16, 25-21, 17-25, 15-13 victory over Montana on Friday.
Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Biggs added 12 kills, hitting a sizzling .500, including the final two of the match as Weber State broke a 13-13 tie in the fifth set to capture the win.
Redshirt freshman outside hitter Rebecca Fuchs had 13 kills and five digs, while junior middle blocker Briana Wilms had a season-high eight blocks and seven kills. Senior middle blocker Dama Cox had seven kills, seven blocks and a career high-tying four service aces, and redshirt freshman middle blocker Audrey Gee added seven blocks, including two solo.
Weber State (1-4 Big Sky, 7-9 overall) will be back in action tonight against Montana State in Bozeman, Mont. The Bobcats are coming off their own nail-biting five-set win as they edged league-leading Idaho State 15-11 in the fifth set on Friday.
• WSU FACES NATIONAL COMPETITION: The Weber State men’s and women’s cross country teams are back in action this week and will get their first taste of national competition. Both teams will compete at the Roy Griak Invitational today in Minneapolis.
The Griak Invitational, in its 27th year, is traditionally one of the top preseason meets in the nation. The meet will take place at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. The men’s race will be an 8,000-meter race and the women’s race will be 6,000 meters.
On the women’s side, the Wildcats will be one of the top teams in the meet and come in ranked 16th in the nation in the latest national poll, first in the Mountain region. WSU is coming off a dominating win at the BYU Autumn Classic two weeks ago.
On the men’s side, the Wildcats are coming off a title run at the Montana State.