WIU Women's Soccer Comes Up Big In Win On Senior Day
In a crucial conference matchup with playoff implications, the Western Illinois women’s soccer team stepped up to earn a huge 5-2 victory over IUPUI on Saturday afternoon.
It was Senior Day at John McKenzie Alumni Field on Saturday, and the Leathernecks (7-8-2, 2-3-0), struggling offensively in recent weeks, needed a win over conference foe IUPUI (4-9-4, 0-4-1) to keep hopes of a Summit League Conference Tournament berth alive. With Western in need of some help to make it, winning out the rest of their schedule is a must for WIU.
Following a great ceremony honoring the graduating members of the WIU women’s soccer team, they got to work early, attacking the box and controlling momentum. With the wind a factor throughout, Sloane Levin chipped a shot into the box that dipped just enough for a chance at net. The Jaguars goalie, Giselle Guzman, was able to get a hand on the ball. It deflected it off the bar and right to WIU’s leading goal scorer Sarah Hall for a quick 1-0 lead.
The lead, however, would be short-lived, as IUPUI defender Sarah Carlisle got past a WIU defender and found Toni Minnich on a low cross to respond. This was just one of a select few mistakes made by WIU on the day. Just four minutes later, senior Jordan Spaciel made a beautiful takeaway, moved close to the box, and fired a left-footed rocket that found the net.
Western continued to dominate when Guzman tripped WIU’s Laura Mick inside the box on a play for the ball. The refs would call a penalty kick, and in the 36th minute, Sarah Hall knocked in her 2nd goal of the game, her team-leading 5th of the season. The scoring would continue in the 2nd half, when senior Hannah van Eendenburg scored her first goal of her collegiate career. The Jaguars responded quickly with an Alyssa Fox goal courtesy of a bad turnover in the box by Sloane Levin. Levin would make up for it, finding Amber Davis on a header for the team’s 5th score of the game.
The win marked Head Coach Ted Flogaites’ 20th win in his second year leading the program, moving him into sole possession of 2nd place all-time in wins by a WIU women’s soccer head coach. Following the weekend’s contests, Western is in 5th place in the Summit League conference standings. #14 Denver swept their weekend games to move to 7-0-0 and stay atop the standings. South Dakota State stays at #2 with a 5-1-0 record. Two weekend wins for Fort Wayne move them into 3rd place at 3-1-1. North Dakota State’s loss to Denver drops them to 4th place with a 3-3 record.
There are numerous scenarios in with Western can clinch either the 3rd of 4th seed.
WIU clinches 3rd seed if they win both games versus South Dakota and Omaha AND:
- Fort Wayne suffers either two losses or a loss and a tie versus North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
WIU clinches 4th seed if:
- Western wins at least one game versus South Dakota or Omaha AND
- North Dakota State loses vs. Fort Wayne (because of head-to-head tiebreaker).
- Western wins both games AND
- Fort Wayne wins or ties against North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
- Western wins both games AND
- Fort Wayne loses BOTH games against North Dakota State and South Dakota state OR loses in one game and ties in the other.