MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Despite converting a penalty kick in the opening minute, the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's soccer team fell 4-2 to the visiting Lake Forest Foresters Tuesday night at Warriors Soccer Field. The visitors controlled possession, out-shooting the Warriors 20-14 and held a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal.
- Final Score: Lake Forest 4, Wisconsin Lutheran 2
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-1-0), Lake Forest (2-1-0)
- Location: Warriors Soccer Field, Milwaukee, Wis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- WLC struck quickly in the first minute when Helen Joyce (De Pere, Wis.) was brought down in the box by a Foresters defender for a penalty kick.
- Ella Metten (Greenville, Wis.) stepped up to the penalty spot and buried it in the bottom right corner of the net, giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
- Lake Forest responded in the sixth minute when Julia Larson found the back of the net after a cross from the right corner.
- The Foresters took the lead in the 27' after Larson stole a ball from the Warriors defense and beat the keeper from the top of the penalty box.
- The hosts nearly tied the affair at 2-2 in the 37' as Kendra Schumacher (Little Chute, Wis.) and Lizzy Bauer (Kewaskum, Wis.) hit the crossbar on consecutive shots, but the ball was cleared by the Lake Forest defense.
- On the ensuing corner kick, the ball was deflected by a Forester defender and fell to Hannah Burden (Mount Pleasant, Wis.), who sent the ball over the keeper into the top right corner from 25 yards out, tying the contest at two apiece.
- The Foresters applied heavy pressure to start the second half and took a 3-2 lead after a free kick fell to Morgan Henrichs in the box, who found the back of the net.
- Larson tallied her third goal of the contest in the 70' to push the LFC lead to 4-2.
- The two teams battled for possession in the final minutes of the contest, but the Foresters defense proved tough as WLC failed to mount a comeback effort.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Metten converted the penalty kick for the Warriors for her second goal of the season, while Bauer's long goal was her first of the 2018 campaign.
- Eight different Warriors tallied shots in the contest, while Joyce led the way with three shots.
- Abby Vavra (Mukwanago, Wis.) made a season-high six saves in net.
- Becca Nikolas (St. Cloud, Minn.) was handed the loss in goal, allowing one goal in 14 minutes of action.
FOR THE FOES
- Larson paced the Foresters offensive attack with three goals, including five shots, and four shots on goal.
- Cassidy Hoyt dished out two assists for the visitors.
- Lake Forest out-shot the Warriors 20-14, including 12 shots on goal.
- Sandra Greco earned the win in goal while allowing two goals in a full 90 minutes of action.
- The Warriors continue their season-opening six-game homestand when they host Central Saturday night. The Dutch (1-1-0) defeated North Park Monday, 8-2. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.