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UND has been mathematically eliminated from the Big Sky Championship, but with only five points separating the first through sixth place teams, it will conclude its season in the spoiler role.
Soccer to close out season in spoiler role
Courtesy: Alyssa Carlson, UND Media Relations
Release: 10/17/2012
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GAMES: The UND soccer team will finish will wrap up its season on the road this weekend with a pair of Big Sky Conference games. The first, against Weber State, will kickoff at 4 p.m. Thursday, in Ogden, Utah. UND will then travel to Pocatello, Idaho for Saturday's season finale against Idaho State, starting at 2 p.m.

WILDCATS: Weber State is led by head coach Tim Crompton, who is in his ninth season with the Wildcats. WSU enters this weekend with a season record of 6-10-0 and a Big Sky Conference record of 4-3-0. The Wildcats have scored thirteen goals on the season and average twelve shots per game. Mackenzie Harrison leads Weber State in points (nine) and goals (four). Chansi Crompton follows with seven points (one goal and five assists). Goalkeeper Ryann Waldman has started 15 out of WSU's 16 games, recording 71 saves and a goals against average of 1.02.

BENGALS: Led by seventh-year head coach, Allison Gibson, Idaho State enters this weekend with a 9-5-1 season record and a 4-2-1 BSC record. The Bengals have won four of their last five games, aiding to their third place ranking in the BSC. Rachel Strawn leads ISU with 21 points (ten goals and one assist), while Amanda Ellsworth follows closely with 17 points (six goals and five assists). Goalkeeper Sheridan Hapsic has started ten out of Idaho State's 15 games, while Maria Dela Cruz has started the other five. Together, they've compiled a goals against average of 1.36. The Bengals start off their weekend Thursday with a home game against Northern Colorado before Saturday's matchup with North Dakota.

THIS WEEK IN THE BSC: With just one weekend left of the conference soccer season, Portland State tops the Big Sky standings with a 5-2-1 record.

Portland State went 1-1 over the weekend after a loss to Idaho State and a win over Weber State. On Friday, ISU's Mikaela Carrillo scored the first goal of the match in the 45th minute. ISU's Kiley Godfrey gave the Bengals the 2-0 lead with a goal in the 67th minute. PSU's Amanda Howie cut the lead in half with a goal in the 80th minute. Portland State outshot Idaho State 20 to 4. On Sunday, after 82 minutes of scoreless play, Howie scored the game-winning goal for the Vikings in the 83rd minute. Giving PSU the 1-0 win over Weber State.

Idaho State went 2-0 over the weekend after defeating Portland State and Sacramento State. With ISU's 2-1 over PSU, the Bengals broke a six-game losing streak to the Vikings. On Sunday, Idaho State was down 1-0 after a goal from Sacramento State's Kassidy Kellogg in the 20th minute. ISU's Amanda Ellsworth scored two unanswered goals to give the Bengals the 2-1 victory over the Hornets. Ellsworth scored in the 24th and 35th minutes of the match.

Weber State went 1-1 after defeating Sacramento State and losing to Portland State. On Friday, WSU's Ari Aki scored in the 40th minute with teammate Felicia Sortor scoring the final goal of the match just eight minutes later to give WSU the 2-0 win over Sacramento State. WSU lost to PSU 1-0 on Sunday.

Montana won its third straight match after a 4-0 win over Eastern Washington on Friday. Montana's goal scorers were Erin Craig (2), Tyler Adair and Allie Simon.

Northern Colorado went 1-0-1 over the weekend after a tie with Southern Utah and a win over Northern Arizona. On Friday, NC's Madison Yoswa scored the first goal of the match in the 53rd minute. SUU's Stacey Brinkman equalized the match with a goal in the 82nd minute. After the end of both overtime periods, despite NC outshooting SUU 22 to 8, neither team found the game-winning goal. On Sunday, Northern Colorado poured on the offense and scored a season high five goals against Northern Arizona. NC's goals came from Eryn Daniel, Brittany Dunn (2) and Juliana Grover (2).

Southern Utah also went 1-0-1 over the weekend after its tie with Northern Colorado and a win over North Dakota. SUU earned its first conference win after defeating UND 3-0. SUU's goals came in the 70th, 78th and 90th minutes from Sydney Cook, Mackenzie Moreno and Stacey Brinkman.

Northern Arizona went 1-1 over the weekend after its 5-0 loss to Northern Colorado and a 4-0 win over North Dakota. NAU's goals came from Emily Roth, Demi Schmieder (2) and Elinor Priest.

After these results, Southern Utah and North Dakota have been mathematically eliminated from the Big Sky championship. With just five points between 1st and 6th place, no one has clinched a spot in the tournament.

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