Weber State soccer wins 2 in final homestand, clinches tourney spot
The Weber State women’s soccer team appeared to remain anchored to second place in the conference table by claiming two wins in the final homestand of the season, defeating Sacramento State and Portland State to clinch a spot in the Big Sky tournament.
The conference tournament takes the top six of the league’s 10 teams. At 6-1 with 18 points and two matches left, WSU can finish no lower than fourth place.
But Weber State pulled into a tie for first place as Northern Colorado gave up a second-half lead and lost 3-2 at Idaho on Sunday about 1 hour after WSU’s match was over.
The Wildcats finish the season on the road with two tough ones: at third-place Montana (5-1-1) on Oct. 22, and at Northern Colorado (6-1) on Oct. 24.
The Big Sky tournament is scheduled Nov. 3-7 at Northern Colorado.
WSU 3, SAC 0
Weber State took a 2-0 lead into half on first-time tallies from four players and cruised to a shutout of Sacramento State with Mekell Moss in goal.
Andelin Baldwin scored in the 24th minute, assisted by Hailey Price, and Alexis Simpson scored in the 41st minute, assisted by Rachel Twede — all of which were first goals or assists for each Wildcat.
Then WSU’s top scorers connected in the 65th minute when Taylor Slack scored on a Morgan Furmaniak assist.
WSU 3, PSU 2
The Wildcats took a hard-earned victory on Senior Day when keeper Kaytlin Bradley launched a boot from goal that carried with the stiff wind that played at WSU’s back for the final 30 minutes Sunday.
The ball got behind Portland State’s back line and Lily Webster tracked it down, put a right foot on it and buried it in the far, front-left corner of the net in the 86th minute to give WSU the win.
Bradley, the senior from Roy, notched her first career assist with the big boot.
After her first assist Friday, Hailey Price scored a first-half brace for her first goals of the season. From a Harlee Turnbow corner, Price popped a header over the outstretched arms of PSU keeper Sidney O’Billovich for a 1-0 lead in the third minute.
After Salt Lake City native Ani Jensen headed in a Sofi Papastamos cross to knot it 1-1 in the 16th minute for PSU, Price scored two minutes later after a Wildcat was fouled inches inside the penalty box. Price took the penalty spot and fired right, O’Billovich went left and the ball found the back of the net.
Raniyah Burton punched in a beautiful Papastamos cross in the 50th minute to even it 2-2, where it sat until the final minutes when Webster delivered the winner.