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Soccer begins conference play

September 29, 2017

The men’s and women’s soccer teams opened up conference play this past weekend. Both squads played home matches against Ripon College on Saturday, and on Sunday, they headed back to the pitch to take on St. Norbert College.

The women took the field first on Saturday to take on the Redhawk’s. The Scots got a lot of shots off early on but weren’t converting on any of them. Monmouth’s defense held tough and didn’t give Ripon a lot of chances to score, only allowing five shots in the first half.

Late in the half, the Scots finally broke through and scored. Senior Diana Salamanca found the back of the net in the 39th minute to give Monm
outh a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Ripon came out ready to play in the second half, scoring only 59 seconds into the half to tie the match up. Monmouth continued to get a lot of shots off, but the game stayed tied until the 77th minute.

Natalie Wolski kicked it ahead to Hannah Kugler with a perfect pass and Kugler was able to take it all the way for a score. Two goals were all the Scots needed to take down Ripon for their first conference win.

The men took the field following the women’s match to face the Redhawk’s. The first half was all defense. Monmouth got ten shots off compared to Ripon’s zero but the Scots came away with no goals and the score was tied 0-0 at the intermission.

Monmouth wasted no time breaking the tie in the second half. Junior Agustin Miranda took advantage of a Ripon yellow card and scored on the penalty kick.

Twenty minutes passed before the next goal and it was another Monmouth score. Cadan Glattback gave the Scots a two-goal lead in the 77th minute followed by a saved goal from goalie Chase Stroud on a penalty kick.

Miranda added an insurance goal in the 85th minute which gave him two scores on the day. The Scots shut out the Redhawk’s 3-0 making it a sweep for Monmouth soccer.

On Sunday, the men and women both took on St. Norbert College in home matchups. In the women’s match, Monmouth would give up an early goal to the Knights and would head into halftime down 1-0.

Less than a minute into the second half, the Scots tied the match at 1-1 with a goal from senior Alex Izquierdo. Three minutes later, St. Norbert would retake the lead and eventually the match, defeating the Fighting Scots 2-1.

In the men’s match, Monmouth’s defense looked strong for the first half, only giving up one goal in the 31st minute. St. Norbert’s offense would find their rhythm in the second half and score four goals in a 22-minute span. The Knights would come away with a 5-0 victory over the Scots.

Both teams will take on rivals Knox College on Saturday at Peacock Memorial Athletic Park. The women’s match will begin at 1 PM and the men’s match will follow at 3:30 PM.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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