Women’s Soccer Steals Huge Win at Platteville
September 23, 2016
Michelle Ravel / The Courier
The women’s soccer team took a trip up north this past Saturday for a match against UW-Platteville. After losing to Illinois College and tying Millikin in a game that was stopped due to darkness Monmouth was hoping to come away with a win against Platteville and gain some momentum.
The match took a scary turn just 15 minutes in when Scots goalie Nicole Neagle was kneed in the forehead while making a save. She would have to go to the hospital and would not return to the game. Another Monmouth player went down with 17 minutes left in the first half. Freshmen Mak Shaw was hit in the back of the head with the ball. She was responsive but the ambulance was called and she would also have to leave the game and go to the hospital. The Scots outshot the Pioneers in the first half 8-2 but neither team scored going into intermission.
“We lost two of our players early in the game and had to quickly readjust,” said senior Andrea Correa. Lucky for us, we have a team that goes deep. The nonstarters can enter the game and keep the intensity level up.”
Kate Winther found the back of the net in the 76th minute to give Platteville a 1-0 lead. Monmouth wouldn’t be down for long. In the 79th minute Darice Brooks passed it off to Andrea Correa who scored to tie the game. It looked like the game was going to end in a 1-1 tie until Monmouth freshman Kara-Jade Gordon scored in the 86th minute to give the Scots the lead and the win.
After the win junior Darice Brooks said “we displayed a lot of toughness mentally and physically that game. This was the win we needed to get back in the right mentality. There’s so much positivity. There’s so much positivity on our team and we all want the same thing day in and day out.”
“We were doing great the entire game, but once they scored on us something clicked. This just goes to show that we are capable of doing big things this season,” commented Correa after the match.
This win improved Monmouth’s record to 3-2-1 and was the big win they needed as they start playing more conference matches.