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Women’s soccer drops rank in WIAC

Erika Marion, Assistant Sports Editor

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Women’s soccer fell behind in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings after falling to both UW-Oshkosh and UW-La Crosse. The Warhawks now drop to 6-7-1 overall and 0-3 in WIAC play.

In the first conference matchup of the week, UW-W lost 2-0 at home against rival UW-Oshkosh on Oct. 3.

The game was tied 0-0 before the Titans corralled two goals in less than a 10-minute span late in the game. Defender Tory Schumann and forward Kylee Brown scored the two clutch goals.

The loss was the first of the season at home for the Warhawks. The Titan’s record improved to 4-6-1 and 1-1 in the WIAC.

“Our ladies played pretty hard,” Whitewater head coach Ryan Quamme said. “We wanted to press them, which we did. I thought we played well, we just have to start finishing.”

Weather conditions were a factor in Wednesday’s game. 20 to 25 mile per hour winds made gameplay difficult for most of the match.

Junior goalkeeper Nina Yonan made eight saves in the match, which was her second highest total this season.

“It felt good saving some tough shots on goal,” Yonan said. “It is me just doing my job and I trust that everyone else is going to do their job. I just have to keep playing as hard as I can.”

In the game Oct. 6 against UW-La Crosse, UW-W suffered another conference loss with a score of 6-0. The Eagles meanwhile improve to 8-2-1 overall and 2-0 in conference.

La Crosse led Whitewater 5-0 at halftime, with one score coming in as a Warhawk own-goal in the 41st minute.

The Eagles extended their lead to 6-0 in the 60th minute and Whitewater never had an answer.

The Warhawks tallied nine shots in the match, with seven coming in the second half.

“We just have to stay focused, work hard in practice, and keep our heads up,” senior defender Payton DeLuga said.

Yonan played the first 45 minutes in goal for the Warhawks, making seven saves before junior goalkeeper Sara Klimisch took over in the second half of the game. She made two saves.

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