Weber State soccer voted 3rd in Big Sky, claims exhibition win over SLCC
Weber State’s women’s soccer team was voted third in the Big Sky Conference preseason poll released Thursday, hours before the Wildcats opened the lid on the 2022-23 season at the university with a 2-0, home exhibition home win over Salt Lake Community College.
Though WSU dominated possession in SLCC’s half for nearly the entirety, it wasn’t easy. The Wildcats put two shots off the crossbar within 8 minutes of each other late in the contest and SLCC keeper Taegan Frandsen, a Viewmont High graduate, was there to stop quite a few shots.
With WSU packed into SLCC’s end for repeated crosses, corner kicks and missed chances, it was defender Hailey Price who helped keep it knotted 0-0 in the 12th minute, chasing down a breaking-away Amelia Suma and dispossessing her on a tackle from behind as the Bruins player had a one-on-one with freshman keeper Tayiah Lambert.
With 3:30 left, Weber freshman Aubrey Tanksley ran up on a loose ball from 20 yards out, fired a one-timer and found the net to break through.
Senior Rachel Twede possessed the ball on an attack to nearly the same spot, setting up her own right-footer that found about the same spot into the left side of the net, making it 2-0 in the final minute.
Senior keeper Mekell Moss, of Northridge High, kept goal for WSU in the first half.
Northern Colorado was voted No. 1 in the Big Sky preseason coaches poll. The Bears went 8-1 last season to win the regular-season title.
Montana was voted second after winning the last two conference tournaments, including a 2021 title-game win over Weber State.
Weber State garnered one first-place vote in third place. Sophomore Morgan Furmaniak is the league’s returning points leader after tallying 19 last season (seven goals, five assists).
1. Northern Colorado 61 (6)
2. Montana 54 (2)
3. Weber State 51 (1)
4. Northern Arizona 43
5. Idaho 35
6. Sacramento State 30
7. Eastern Washington 26
8. Portland State 14
9. Idaho State 10