North Bend’s Weidenbach makes college debut on the pitch, plus the rest of our Saturday news……

Good Saturday morning. We begin our eighth season of college sports coverage this morning as the college fall sports season kicked off last night for a pair of Valley women’s soccer players. For one, it marked her college debut.

That was down in Austin, TX, where North Bend’s Natalie Weidenbach hit the pitch for the University of Texas ladies in their 3-0 exhibition win at home last night over the ladies from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Weidenbach, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad who is a freshman this fall after redshirting last season for the Longhorns, played the final seven minutes of the game off the bench in the nationally-televised contest. She recorded no stats of note.

Texas now has a week off before its next game – its regular season opener next Friday against Rice University down in Houston. They will return home August 24 to meet Central Florida for a 2:00 game our time which will likely also be televised.

The Longhorn Network, which had last night’s game and would be the network handling the UCF game if it’s broadcast, has three re-airs today of last night’s game for those who want to see Weidenbach in action – at 10am, 3pm and 7pm. Longhorn is available on Comcast, Dish and DirecTV locally in the Valley.

Johnson starts final college campaign: While Weidenbach started her college career last night, another ex-Wildcat began the final stretch of her college career. That would be University of Idaho senior defender Claire Johnson, as the Vandals opened the 2018 fall campaign with a 1-0 loss on the road at the University of Utah down in Salt Lake City.

Johnson played 55 minutes of the exhibition contest, recording one shot that did not reach goal, so she scored no goals. Both this contest and the above-noted Texas contest, as exhibitions, will not be officially recorded in the teams’ win-loss records this season.

Johnson is a 2015 Mount Si HS grad from Snoqualmie. She will face fellow ex-Wildcat Michaela “K.K.” Wallace and her Central Washington squad in another exhibition on Tuesday.

Before we get to the rest of our action, we want to invite you to help us in our college sports coverage. We are believe it or not still compiling schedules and other info about local athletes playing this fall at the college level. If you know of an athlete from our community competing in football, men’s or women’s soccer, volleyball, cross country or golf this fall at the college level or are the parent of one who is and want them featured in our coverage, let us know today. Send the athlete’s name, what sport they play, which school they are attending and what year (freshman-senior) they are this season. Also let us know what high school they graduated from (Mount Si, Cedarcrest or private school). Email all that info and your contact info incase we need to get back to you to snovalleysports@gmail.com, or if you’re on Twitter, message us at @snovalleysports.

Baseball: “Kimbo” on the hill tonight
Mount Si High School alum Josh Kimborowicz is set to take the mound tonight for the independent Frontier League’s River City Rascals as they look to break a five-game losing streak. “Kimbo”, 4-4 on the season and with a solid ERA of around 3.50, will face the bats of the opposing Normal Corn Belters in Normal, IL, as River City looks to gain ground on the division-leading Corn Belters and make their way back above .500. They are 38-39 after losing to Normal last night and are five games back of the Corn Belters for the lead in the Frontier’s Western Division.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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