Defense shines in WIAC bout

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By Josh Sinclair

Oct. 14, 2015

The UW-Whitewater women’s soccer team improved its winning streak to 33-consecutive  WIAC games after a 3-0 win against UW-Eau Claire on Oct. 10 and won a non-conference match against Carthage College.

Freshman forward Karina Rosales notched her first collegiate hat trick to lead the ’Hawks to a 5-2 victory over the Lady Reds. The win was the sixth in a row for the Warhawks.

“This year our captains (Jenna Woodson, Carly Pottle, Brianna Reid & Carina Krausert) have done an amazing job of keeping our team focused on the task at hand for every game we have,” head coach Ryan Quamme said.

Rosales broke the draw in the 36th minute with her first goal of the match, scoring on a pass from Leah Nehila.

The term “fast start” apparently doesn’t apply only to the start of the match because the Warhawks came out of halftime firing. Brianna Reid put a shot on goal less than 30 seconds into the half, but the shot was stopped by the Lady Red goalkeeper, Kate Perry.

A foul on Carthage in the 50th minute resulted in a penalty kick for the Warhawks. Reid stepped up and knocked it past the keeper for a 2-0 Warhawk lead. Only seven minutes later, Reid tallied her second goal of the match, 14th of the season, after scoring on a pass from Marie Lesperance.

Less than 10 minutes later, Rosales notched her second goal of the match giving the Warhawks a 4-0 lead with less than 25 minutes to go.

“Carina Krausert has been instrumental in leading our defense throughout the season despite being out in a new position as an outside back herself this year after starting the last two years as a forward,” Quamme said. “Carina’s athleticism, speed, composure and most importantly leadership in our back line have been a huge reason for our success this season.”

Carthage was able to muster up their own attack and in the 68th minute scoring a goal to make it 4-1.

Two minutes and 30 seconds later, Rosales chalked up her third goal of the match and fourth goal of the half for the Warhawks.

Carthage added another goal late in the match to bring the final score to 5-2.

The Blugolds were next on the schedule for the ’Hawks.

“All WIAC games are difficult and present challenges for our team,” Quamme said.  “Although we have won 33 straight WIAC league games it has not been easy for our student athletes.  We have had many close games in the streak and due to that our players know that every WIAC game is going to be challenging.”

Sophomore midfielder Marie Lesperance headed in a pass from forward Morgan Beaty to give the Warhawks a 1-0 lead just 6:43 into the match.

Mackenzie Serbousek extended the score to 2-0 when a save rebounded to her feet and she knocked it in for her fourth goal of the season.

With 10 minutes remaining in the match, Brianna Greefkes shot from the left side of the goal that deflected off of a defender and into the net to give the ’Hawks a 3-0 victory.

“I was proud of the team for getting a shut-out on Sat vs UWEC,” Quamme said. “We have a number of young players contributing to our team in defensive position and as they grow we hope to continue to improve on reducing the amount of goals we give up.”

Up next, the Warhawks will play at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 against UW-Platteville at home on Fiskum Field.

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