Wildcats battle Gauchos to 2OT draw

Aug 26 2013 - 11:21pm

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Weber State forward Mackenzie Harrison celebrates her goal against UC Santa Barbara in Ogden on Monday. The Wildcats and Gauchos battled to a 1-1 draw after two overtimes.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Weber State forward Mackenzie Harrison celebrates her goal against UC Santa Barbara in Ogden on Monday. The Wildcats and Gauchos battled to a 1-1 draw after two overtimes.

OGDEN -- The Wildcats' defense was thoroughly tested, but the Weber State soccer squad was able to continue the unbeaten start to its season on Monday afternoon.

Sophomore forward Mackenzie Harrison scored her first goal of the season in the opening half and WSU battled to a fierce 1-1 double overtime draw with UC Santa Barbara on Monday at Wildcat Soccer Field.

"(Santa Barbara) is a really good team; this was a good test for us," Weber State coach Tim Crompton said. "I think any time you have two good teams, it's going to go back and forth like it did today."

The Wildcats opened the match in command, utilizing their short, quick passing game to maintain possession and create chances.

Harrison punched Weber State into the lead in the 20th minute, latching onto a Chansi Crompton pass in the center of the box and smashing it to the right post.

The Gauchos (1-0-1) slowly came into the match after the opening half hour, and eventually leveled things at 1-1 in the 59th minute after playing in a shot that deflected off a Wildcat defender and into the back of the net.

It was the first goal allowed by the WSU defense this season.

Santa Barbara had a chance to take the lead just moments later after a foul in the box resulted in a penalty attempt for the Gauchos' Miranda Cornejo.

Weber State goalkeeper Ryann Waldman was up to the task, though, stoppng the penalty as Cornejo attempted to go to the right post.

Unlike the opening half, the 'Cats weren't able to establish their short-passing game as much in the second half, forcing play to turn more direct, which in turn resulted in more end-to-end action and allowed the Gauchos to get more of an attacking rhythm going during the second frame.

Despite chances by both teams down the stretch of regulation and in the overtime periods, neither was able to break through for a game-winner.

Weber State (1-0-1) will be back in action on Thursday when the 'Cats take to the road for the first time this season to take on in-state rival Utah Valley at 8 p.m. in Orem.

 

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