Warriors Overcome Heat, Early Deficit To Tame Cougars

Photo Credit: Len Cederholm
Photo Credit: Len Cederholm

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's soccer team, powered by goals from seniors Mady Hirsch (Jefferson, Wis.) and Helen Joyce (De Pere, Wis.), defeated the visiting Minnesota-Morris Cougars 2-1 Sunday afternoon in the swealtering heat at Warriors Soccer Field. The victory marked the first time that the Warriors have started a season with consecutive victories since 2013.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 2, Minnesota-Morris 1
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-0-0), Minnesota-Morris (0-1-0)
  • Location: Warriors Soccer Field, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Cougars struck first in the second minute of the contest when Brooke Lorentz lofted a ball from 15 yards away over the Warriors goalkeeper to put the visitors up 1-0.
  • WLC answered in the 11th minute when Hirsch took a pass from Miriam Carreno (San Antonio, Texas) and struck the ball from 15 yards out, finding the back of the net and tying the contest at 1-1.
  • The Warriors kept the pressure on the rest of the first half, out-shooting UMM 7-4 and registering three corner kicks, but couldn't find the back of the net.
  • The second half was dominated by WLC, as it held possession in the UMM half of the field for a large portion, but the two teams remained deadlocked at 1-1.
  • Joyce gave the Warriors the lead in the 78th minute after she received a pass from Lizzy Bauer (Kewaskum, Wis.) and beat the keeper one-on-one, putting WLC ahead 2-1.
  • Joyce's nifty goal proved to be the game-winner as the Warriors were able to keep the pressure on the Cougars, not allowing a shot from Minnesota-Morris over the final 13 minutes of play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Hirsch and Joyce each tallied their second goals of the season in the victory, while Bauer and Carreno each registered their first assists of the 2018 campaign.
  • Joyce led the Warriors with six shots, while Hirsch and Maggie Stebbins (Beaver Dam, Wis.) each tallied three shots.
  • The Warriors dominated possession for a majority of the contest, out-shooting the visitors 22-7, placing nine shots on frame.
  • Rosanna Mazzulla (Melrose Park, Ill.) earned her second win of the season, making three saves over the final 45 minutes of action.

FOR THE FOES

  • Lorentz scored the lone goal of the contest for the Cougars while leading her team with four shots.
  • Megan Tschida suffered the loss in goal, allowing two goals while making seven saves in 90 minutes.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors seek their third consecutive win to open the season when they host Lake Forest Tuesday night. The Foresters (1-1-0) defeated St. Mary-of-the-Woods 3-1 Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.