Soccer Falls to Weber State in Big Sky Semifinals
PORTLAND, Ore. – Northern Arizona and Weber State kicked off the Big Sky Championships in Portland, Ore. in the semifinals. Weber State was able to jump on the scoreboard first and the Wildcats did not look back as Weber State defeated Northern Arizona 3-0.
"Give Weber State a lot of credit because they took advantage of their opportunities in front of goal," said head coach Andre Luciano. "They were more willing to pull the trigger on shots, while we were waiting for the perfect shot."
Weber State started the scoring in the first half with a goal from Ryle Hansen in the 33rd minute to take an early 1-0 lead for the Wildcats. Weber State led the first half with four shots while Northern Arizona was able to put up three shots and two corner kicks.
The Wildcats were able to get back on the scoreboard early in the second half with a goal from Stacy Blair less than two minutes into the second half. That gave Weber State the 2-0 lead.
Weber State added on to their lead midway through the second half with a goal from Mackenzie Day in the 68th minute to give the Wildcats the 3-0 lead.
The Lumberjacks were able to get 10 shots up but only placed two on goal. Weber State had only nine shots with six shots on goal.
"I can't take away anything from the team this year," said Luciano. "They had a great season and worked extremely hard this year, the ball just didn't bounce our way this day."
The Lumberjacks end the season with an 11-5-3 record and finished second in the Big Sky Conference during the regular season. The squad placed nine players on the Big Sky all-conference teams, which is the most since 2010. The team went from three conference wins last season, to seven wins this season.
This was the final match for seniors Jordan Stenger, Shawnee Morgan, Elinor Priest, Lauren Weaver and Alana D'Onofrio. These players have brought so much to the program and have returned the Lumberjacks back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
"These seniors leave the program in a good place," said Luciano. "I know they wanted to end on a higher note but I know the amount of work they put into this season and nobody thought they would go this far and for that, I am very proud of my team."