OGDEN, Utah – The Weber State University men’s soccer club defeated Brigham Young University 2-0 to win the NIRSA College Soccer Sports Club Championship in Bakersfield, Calif., on Saturday.
The WSU squad (22-2-4) beat club teams from Virginia, Kansas, Michigan, Arizona and Delaware during the three-day national tournament to earn its fourth title in 10 years.
The Wildcats’ victory avenged a 1-0 loss earlier in the year to BYU. The clubs also played to a 1-1 tie during the season.
Tyson Craythorne and Curtis Whiteside each scored a goal against BYU. Goalkeeper Scott Badger earned the shutout and was named MVP of this year’s tournament.
“Scott was unbelievable all season long and worked very hard to be a good goalie,” said Tim Crompton, head coach of the team.
This marks the fourth time the Wildcats have won the title. WSU’s previous championships came in 1992, 1994 and 1995. Crompton has been a part of all four titles, having played on the three championship teams in the 1990s.
“Being a coach is more stressful because you can’t do anything physically to control the outcome,” Crompton said.
Crompton believes the all-Utah final says a lot about the caliber of club soccer in the state. In the end, Crompton thinks the Wildcats’ previous matches against BYU helped.
“We knew them, we knew their players, we knew their style of play,” he said.
Tim Crompton, soccer club head coach
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