Women’s soccer gets first WIAC win

The Warhawks (4-4-1, 1-1-1) earned their first WIAC win over UW-Platteville (4-4-0, 0-1-0), 2-0, on Sept. 21, and took a loss against UW-Stout (5-1-0, 2-1-0), 2-1, on Sept. 24. In the game against Platteville, the `Hawk’s offense had a great game moving past the Pioneers’ defense.

The women will take on UW-Oshkosh at 4:30 p.m. tonight at Fiskum Field.

Junior Christina Tooren goes by a UW-Platteville oppenent. Tooren is back after breaking her arm earlier this season. Tooren scored a goal in the 52nd minute. Tooren was the Warhawks’ leading scorer in 2010 with 16 goals, tied for the third most in school history. Photo by Corryn Gosse

Freshman defensive center Kaitlyn Fritsch said they will come hungry for a win, and ready to play the whole 90 minutes.

“If we play as a team and for each other and with each other then I believe that the outcome could be in our favor,” Fritsch said.

“Our number one team goal is to play a full 90 minutes,” she added. “We need to come out going hard to the ball for the whole game…and playing for each other and with heart. We are a very strong team with a lot of depth.”

Fritsch said it was a defensive game, even though the ’Hawks have been putting up big offensive numbers.

“I think that the Platteville match was a great team win,” Fritsch said.

Lauren Nashleanas, a sophomore midfielder, scored the first goal against UW-Platteville, and junior Alyssa Chamberlain came in with an assist to junior Christina Tooren, whom returned to the line-up for the first time this season after her injury, scoring the winning goal.

Tooren was the `Hawks’ leading scorer last season with 16 goals—tying for the third most goals in school history.

The `Hawks have not lost to UW-Stout since 2005. The Blue Devils came to play without stopping and the `Hawks were unprepared.

“At Stout it was definitely a different pace of game,” Fritsch said.

“Stout came out very hard and aggressive. I believe that the outcome of the Stout game was what it was because Stout came out ready to play the whole 90 minutes. Games are about who comes to play the full 90 minutes and the Stout game I felt like we could’ve been more ready than we were,” she added.

Fritsch also scored her first goal of the season against UW-Stout with an assist from senior Emily Gerber. She accredits Gerber for the goal.

“Getting my first goal felt great, but I would have rather won the game,” Fritsch said. “I was just in the right place at the right time…so without the hard work of the team, and especially Gerber, I wouldn’t have had my first goal.”