Bengal Soccer Prepare for Weber State

Madeline Gochnour takes a shot against the College of Idaho (Photo by Steve Schaack)
Madeline Gochnour takes a shot against the College of Idaho (Photo by Steve Schaack)
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Updated: 10/11/2013 11:08 pm



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STORY BY JEREK WOLCOTT-ISU SPORTS INFORMATION


ABOUT THE BENGALS

The Bengals earned a tough road split last weekend with a 2-1loss at NAU and a 2-1 win over Southern Utah. After last weekend's match the Bengals are 2-1-1in Big Sky play.

Idaho State will face Weber State this week. The Wildcats are the Bengals travel partners and also split the NAU-SUU trip. The Wildcats lost 2-1 at Southern Utah and won 2-1 at Northern Arizona. 

Amanda Ellsworth scored a goal in each match last weekend. She leads the Bengals with five goals on the season which is tied for third in the Big Sky Conference.

Sheridan Hapsic has four shutouts on the season which is one more than she had in the 2012 season. Her goal against average 1.52.

The Bengals are currently tied for third in the conference the other three of the top four teams are the next three opponents for Idaho State. Weber State is second (3-1-0), Sacramento State (2-1-1), who the Bengals play on Oct. 17, are tied with ISU for third and Portland State (4-0-0) is the Big Sky leader. The Bengals meet the Vikings on Oct. 19.

LAST MATCH: SOUTHERN UTAH
Sheridan Hapsic scored her fourth shutout of the 2013 season and Amanda Ellsworth and Madeline Gochnour each scored goals to lead Idaho State to a 2-0 Big Sky road win over Southern Utah.

Ellsworth got the Bengals on the scoreboard with a goal in the 30th minute. Kiley Godfrey found Ellsworth in front of the goal, she sent the ball high over SUU goalkeeper Elyssa Hashimoto's hands for her second goal in as many games and her team high fifth of the season.

In the second half Jessica Sanchez made a great steal to gain possession. She then sent the ball across the field to Gochnour on a breakaway. Gochnour sent the ball past the keeper for her third goal of the season.

The Bengals scored multiple goals for the first time since the 3-2 loss to Utah State on Sept. 7.
On the defensive end Hapsic faced fifteen shots and made four saves in the shutout.

ABOUT WEBER STATE
The Wildcats come off a 2-1 road win over Northern Arizona. The Wildcats have allowed the fewest goals in the conference (12) and they have the best goals against average (0.95). WSU is also second in the conference in shots (167), goals (18), and goals per game (1.50).

Mackenzie Harrison leads the Wildcats in goals and is tied with Amanda Ellsworth for third in the conference (5).

Weber State Goalkeeper Ryann Waldman is second in the conference in goals against average (0.94). She is tied with Hapsic for fourth in the Big Sky with four shutouts on the season.

The Wildcats are led by veteran coach Tim Crompton. In 2012, The Wildcats finished 5-3-1 in league play, advancing to the tournament with eight freshman starters, before falling in a penalty kick shootout against tournament host Idaho State.

Under Crompton's charge, the Wildcats have posted a 69-87-18 overall record and have won over 59 percent of their Big Sky Conference regular season games (32-22-8, .593). Crompton is 5-6-2 as a head coach in postseason play.

The Wildcats were picked to finish fourth in the conference by the coaches in the preseason poll.

ELLWORTH ON THE RECORD TRACK
Amanda Ellsworth is on track to break records of goals, points and game winning goals. She currently sits second in goals and points and  third in game winning goals. Stacey Peterson-Allen (2000-03) leads in all three categories.
   
                                           Goals     Points     Game Winners 
Stacey Peterson-Allen     22         53              10
Amanda Ellsworth           19         49               8


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