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Weber State soccer: Wildcats open 2017 season on Friday

Weber State University head women's soccer coach Tim Crompton (right-center) talks with the Wildcats following an exhibition match with Utah in Ogden on Aug. 12. Weber State opens its 2017 season on Friday against Wright State in Las Vegas.
Weber State University head women's soccer coach Tim Crompton (right-center) talks with the Wildcats following an exhibition match with Utah in Ogden on Aug. 12. Weber State opens its 2017 season on Friday against Wright State in Las Vegas.
Robert Casey, Weber State Athletics

The 22nd season of Wildcat soccer finally gets underway this weekend in the UNLV Invitational.

Weber State opens the season against Wright State at 5 p.m. MT, on Friday, before taking on Drake on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., to wrap up the first weekend of action. Both matches will take place at UNLV’s Johann Field.

While there won't be video streaming this weekend, links to live stats are available via Weber State's athletic website.

The Wildcats return nine starters and 16 letterwinners in 2017, including three-time First Team All-Big Sky Conference selection Chansi Crompton, who returns for her senior year needing just two assists to become the Big Sky’s career assists leader.

Crompton, who missed the 2016 season due to injury, has 24 assists, the most in Wildcat history and just one behind Idaho State’s Annamarie Hofstetter for the league record.

Also returning for the Wildcats are junior midfielder/forward Madison Garlock, a 2016 Second Team All-Big Sky Conference selection, and sophomore forward Paige Stevens, the 2016 Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year. Junior defender Olivia Glassford, a 2016 All-Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention selection, also returns.

Weber State head coach Tim Crompton is back for his 14th season as the Wildcats’ top man, and with 99 career wins, he's seeking his 100th career victory this weekend.

Friday’s meeting with Wright State will be the first-ever meeting between the Wildcats and Raiders. It is Weber State’s seventh all-time meeting with a member of the Horizon League, with the Wildcats holding a 4-1-1 record in six previous matches against league members. Wright State is coming off a 6-11-2 overall season in 2016 and was picked fifth in the Horizon League’s preseason coaches straw poll.

Weber State is 1-0-0 against Drake, defeating the Bulldogs, 3-1, in a road match at Des Moines, Iowa. Drake is coming off a 12-4-3 season in 2016 and was recently pegged to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Wildcats are 3-3-0 all-time against MVC members.

After this weekend's matches, the Wildcats return home on Aug. 25, to take on North Dakota State at 7 p.m., in their 2017 home opener.

Justin Johnson is an Athletic Communications Assistant at Weber State University. For more information about Weber State University athletics, please visit: http://www.weberstatesports.com.