WSC soccer takes another split home

Braxton Adams, Staff Writer

The WSC women’s soccer team continued conference play this past weekend at home against Winona State Friday, ending in a 1-1 stalemate, and losing 2-1 to Upper Iowa on the road Sunday.

Friday’s game marked the first time in 25 career meetings dating back to 1999 that Wildcat soccer did not lose to Winona State.

The first half was scoreless, with Winona State holding a shot advantage during the initial 45 minutes of play. Winona State scored early in the second half with a goal from Abby Bohanski at the 51:44 mark to take a 1-0 lead.

The Wildcats got on the board at the 85th minute of the game with a goal from Brooke Buzzell, scoring in her first game of the season, with the assist coming from Hannah Knight. Buzzell’s goal tied the score 1-1.

“I was definitely excited about the goal,” Buzzell said. “Especially since it set us up a chance to try and win in overtime.”

The game ended Friday in a 1-1 draw after double overtime.

“All in all I was happy with the point (tie) we got and it will prove valuable down the road,” head coach Bruce Erickson said. “I was also disappointed we weren’t able to pull out the win, we were the better team of the day and just couldn’t put our chance away.”

The game against Upper Iowa was a 2-1 loss Sunday afternoon in Fayette, Iowa.

The Wildcats got on the board first with a goal from sophomore Natalie Rech, at the 9:50 minute mark, scoring her third goal of the season.

“The corner from Sophie was placed just right, and I was able to get my head on the ball,” Rech said. “When it didn’t go in at first, I knew I had to get something else on it and it just slipped past the keeper.”

Upper Iowa evened up the score with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half with a goal from Christiana Atteberry, taking the game into intermission, all tied up.

The Peacocks then scored again in the second half with a corner kick to give them a 2-1 lead and the win over the Wildcats. Rech led WSC with a team-high four shots. Karlee Hall and Calista Moch each had two shots for the Wildcats. Senior goalkeeper Kylie Comba allowed two goals and was credited with four saves in the contest.

Wayne State will be at home next weekend, hosting Northern State on Saturday and MSU Moorhead Sunday in NSIC contests starting at 1 p.m. each day.