Weber State soccer, volleyball both start Big Sky 2-0 after soccer’s late comebacks
Weber State women’s soccer is off to a 2-0 start in Big Sky Conference play for the first time since 2013 after a pair of last-minute, 2-1 home wins this weekend.
The excitement began Friday night hosting Idaho. The Vandals held a 1-0 lead at halftime on a Sidney Schmidt goal in the 38th minute.
WSU got on the board in the 54th minute when Yira Yoggerst scored on an assist from Morgan Furmaniak.
The game went to extra time and, in the second period of OT, WSU’s 21-7 shot advantage finally paid off. Lauren McConnell sent a deep, high-arcing ball into the box from the right wing and Taylor Slack connected with a flying header for the golden-goal win.
Kaytlin Bradley got the win in goal, making four saves.
Sunday was a similar narrative against Eastern Washington in a 2-1 win. The Eagles scored in the 21st minute on a goal from Brooke Flores for a 1-0 halftime lead.
Furmaniak and Yoggerst switched places for the equalizer Sunday, with Yoggerst assisting Furmaniak’s fourth goal of the year in the 74th minute in a play similar to Friday’s winner. Yoggerst sent a free kick into the box and Furmaniak connected for a header and score.
In the 82nd minute, Harlee Turnbow took a chance with a left-footed launch from about 25 yards out. It hit the crossbar, deflected off EWU keeper Kelsee Winston and into the goal, scored as an Eastern own goal.
Mekell Moss got the win in goal, making two saves.
Weber State (5-5, 2-0 Big Sky) next plays at home Sunday, Oct. 3, against Idaho State (0-11-1, 0-2).
Weber State volleyball ran its record home win streak to 21 with a four-set win Saturday afternoon over Sacramento State.
Combined with Thursday’s win over Portland State, Weber State is now 2-0 to start Big Sky play. The Wildcats are now 28-2 in their last 30 regular-season Big Sky matches.
Sacramento State took the first set, then WSU dominated the next two for a 23-25, 25-10, 25-16, 25-23 win.
Rylin Adams racked up 23 kills, adding two aces and two blocks. Dani Nay and Sam Schiess each had eight kills, with Nay serving five aces and adding 14 digs.
Baylee Bodily led with six blocks and Emma Mangum had three. Ashlyn Power totaled 44 assists and 15 digs. Makayla Sorensen added 21 digs.
Weber State (7-5, 2-0 Big Sky) next hits the road to face Montana State on Thursday, Sept. 30, and Montana on Saturday, Oct. 2