LOGAN -- For one WSU Wildcat, this homecoming was a little sweeter than usual.
Sophomore forward Stacy Bair, a Cache Valley native, scored in the 47th minute, lifting the Weber State women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over in-state rival Utah State on Sunday afternoon at Bell Field.
Bair grew up in nearby Richmond and played her prep soccer for Sky View High School.
"I seriously couldn't have thought of any better way or place to score a game-winner for us," said Bair, whose goal was her second of the season and her second match-winner. "I wanted to score in this game more than anything. I knew that to prove myself, I would have to come out strong and show my hometown that I'm still the same Stacy Bair."
Weber State improved to 4-2-2 with the victory, wrapping up its first winning non-conference season since 2005, and sending the Wildcats into Thursday's Big Sky Conference opener against Montana with a fresh boost of momentum.
"I was impressed with how we started the game today. The girls dictated the pace early on," Weber State coach Tim Crompton said. "The goal we scored was a nice finish and we were able to stay organized on defense the entire game."
Sophomore goalkeeper Danielle MacKay earned her first career shutout in goal for the Wildcats. It's also the third shutout of the season for Weber State.
Weber State outshot Utah State (4-3-2) 10-6 overall, including a 5-0 margin in shots on goal. The Wildcats also commanded possession of the field for the majority of the match, limiting the Aggies to mostly counterattack opportunities.
The two teams went into the break deadlocked at 0-0, but Weber State wasted no time in surging into the led.
Senior midfielder Bailey Eames played the ball into the Utah State box, where it took a short deflection back to Bair and the sophomore smashed it from left to right across the box and into the back of the net.
Weber State hosts Montana (3-3-3) on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Wildcat Soccer Field.
* 'CATS SWEEP SINGLES: Weber State sophomores Todd Fought and Sanjay Goswami finished off a stong first week of play on Sunday as the pair earned championship titles in their respective flights of the Weber State Invitational at Edman Courts.
"This is a fantastic way to start off the season for us," said WSU coach Brad Ferreira. "The guys played extremely well this weekend agianst very good conference rivals."
One year removed from coming up short in the A flight championship match, Fought came back to claim the title in his sophomore season with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over Montana State's Diego Campos.
Goswami's title came in the B flight, as he gutted out a pair of 7-6 set wins over Idaho State's Jamey Swiggert. The Wildcats will also earn a title in the C flight, as WSU teammates Ryan Garner and Landon Barlow earned spots in the final, which has been moved to today.
The Wildcats failed to add the doubles championship as well, but put up a strong fight in the process, as Oliver Good and Goswami dropped a marathon 9-8 (20-18) tiebreak decision to Montana State's team of Niklas Brandes and Diego Campos.
* WSU SWEPT AT NAU: At Flagstaff, Ariz., facing their seventh opponent in eight days, the Wildcats couldn't keep with the Big Sky Conference leaders on the road.
Led by two players with 10 kills each, Northern Arizona defeated the WSU volleyball team 25-11, 25-15, 25-20 on Saturday night at the Rolle Activity Center.
No Weber State player recorded more than five kills, with three players -- freshman outside hitter Ciera Borho, sophomore outside hitter Mariah Kahawaii and sophomore middle blocker Audrey Hunter -- reaching that total as the Wildcats finished the night with just 30 kills.
Sydney Kemper and Janae Vander Ploeg each had 10 kills for the Lumberjacks (2-0 Big Sky, 8-3 overall).
Weber State fell to 0-2 in Big Sky play, 4-12 overall.
Weber State will remain on the road next week, heading to Grand Forks, N.D,. on Thursday to face North Dakota, before traveling to Greeley, Colo., to take on Northern Colorado on Saturday.