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Women’s soccer has high hopes for conference tourney

October 29, 2010

With only one game left in their regular season, the women’s soccer team has high hopes to compete in the conference tournament.

There record thus far is 8-5-3 overall and 4-2-1 in the Midwest Conference. There last game is Sunday Oct. 31, at Lake Forest.

“We will travel to Lake Forest with the chance to make the four-team Midwest Conference playoffs with a victory. We are very evenly matched with Lake Forest, and it figures to be a great game,” said coach Barry McNamara.

They played Knox College at home on Wednesday and beat them 5-0. This win puts them a step closer to the conference tournament. According to a press release by Dan Nolan, “Kerry Kost and Niki Sue Williams scored two goals each as the Fighting Scots pulled into a tie with Lawrence for the fourth and final playoff spot. Monmouth plays at Lake Forest Sunday to determine their playoff fate. Kost put the Scots on the board early when she fired in a rebound for the game winner in the sixth minute. Kelly Russell added an insurance goal, taking a rebound off the pipe and depositing it in the back of the net near the 30 minute mark. Williams collected her first goal two minutes later to put Monmouth ahead 3-0 by halftime.”

“I am extremely excited that we have done what we’ve needed to do during the season to put ourselves in a great position for playoffs. It would have been nice to pull off a few more wins during the season, but with injuries to key players we have done what we’ve needed to do and pulled together as a team. I am extremely proud of each and every girl for playing their hardest and never giving up on our sites of playoffs, our ultimate goal,” said senior Captain, Brittney Parker.

If they win their last game against Lake Forest, they will travel to Carroll University for the conference tournament which will be held on Nov. 5 and 6.

“We made tremendous improvements from last season, especially on defense. We now have eight shutouts, which is a school record. We’ve cut our goals allowed nearly in half from 2009, thanks to a tremendous blend of all-conference seniors Hillary Broms and Brittney Parker and terrific new freshmen Samantha Barranco, Denise Nelson and Mikaela Rogers. Offensively, several different players have gotten involved,” said McNamara. “Five different players scored our five goals vs. Ripon, and three different players scored our three goals vs. Illinois College, with three other players getting assists. The combination of our strong defense and our balanced offense has kept us playing at a high level all season. This has already been a very rewarding season, but making the playoffs would make it that much sweeter.”

BY KELSEY BESHEARS
Co-Sports Editor

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