Soccer team goes 1-1 in first conference road trip

Kortney Buresh, Staff Writer

Wayne State College women’s soccer team completed their first NSIC road trip going 1-1, starting on Friday with a win at the University of Sioux Falls and ending it on Sunday with a loss at Southwest Minnesota State University, the ’Cats are now 1-2-2.

The ‘Cats completed a 1-0 victory against the Cougars in their fourth straight overtime game of the season. Junior Rylie Wehner had the game winning goal with 3:30 remaining in the second overtime of the game.

“Scoring a game winning goal is something every soccer player dreams about,” Wehner said. “It felt so amazing to turn that dream into a reality. After an extremely tough and emotional last two weeks it was only fitting that Brooke assisted my goal.”

Senior goalkeeper Rachel Grisham recorded her third straight overtime shutout with two saves.

The Wildcats held an 8-3 shots advantage against Sioux Falls and a 5-2 on shots. Sophomore Megan Phillips had two shots on goal to lead the WSC offense. Wehner, junior Megan Schuster and sophomore Emily Kilby had one shot on goal each.

The ‘Cats had one more corner kick compared to Sioux Falls and were charged with 11 fouls compared to the 8 fouls against the Cougars.

“Our first win feels great,” sophomore Madison Kemp said. “We deserved it. Our team has been working hard defensively and great attacking came from that.”

To complete the weekend the Wildcats suffered their second loss of the season against the SMSU Mustangs.

Wayne State held SMSU to a scoreless game the first half. However, within four minutes of the second half the Mustangs scored the first goal.

The Wildcats trailed behind the Mustangs in shots 7-13. SMSU had just one more shots on goal than Wayne State 5-4.

Wehner, Kemp, senior Sophia Ketchmark, sophomore Gabi Rosa each had shots on goal.

SMSU held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks over the Wildcats.

“We have so many talented teams in this conference that have led to some great rivalries,” Wehner said. “This conference truly puts you to the test and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Wayne State will compete in their first home contest of the season on Friday at 3 p.m. at the WSC Soccer Pitch against Minot State.

“Conference games have a whole different meaning that brings out a different attitude and competitive spirit from everyone,” Wehner said. “It’s time to show the NSIC what Wayne State is all about.”