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Scots clinch MWC tournament bid

October 27, 2017

This past Saturday the women’s soccer team celebrated Senior Day by getting the most important victory of the season to this point. The Scots defeated Lawrence 7-1 to guarantee themselves a spot in the Midwest Conference Tournament.

It didn’t take long for Monmouth to take a lead in the match as sophomore Makayla Shaw netted a goal less than two minutes in which gave the Scots a 1-0 advantage. In the 19th minute, Shaw and sophomore Kara-Jade Gordon both added assists to their stats as freshman Devin Cross picked up a goal to give the Scots a 2-0 lead. With 25 minutes left in the half, Monmouth looked to build on their lead.

Less than ten minutes after Cross’ goal, senior Alex Izquierdo got in on the action and found the back of the net to put Monmouth up 3-0. The Fighting Scots would have more scoring attempts before the half was over but none of them connected. At the break, Monmouth led Lawrence 3-0.

Lawrence came out of the break looking for a comeback while Monmouth was aiming to end the Vikings’ hopes of a victory. In the 52nd minute, Lawrence’s Ryan Berkley scored to cut the Scots lead to two.

The Fighting Scots did not waver and thirty seconds later Kara-Jade Gordon scored her first goal of the match to push Monmouth’s lead back up to three goals. Devin Cross netted her second goal of the game two minutes after Gordon to give the Scots a bit of a cushion.

In the 59th minute, Gordon once again took it herself and scored her second goal of the game to once again increase Monmouth’s lead. Sophomore Jacie Reis put the finishing touches on the match in the 64th minute with a goal of her own.

After five goals in a 20-minute span, the final 25 minutes saw no goals scored as the Scots defeated the Vikings 7-1 in their final home match of the season. This victory secured Monmouth a spot in the four-team Midwest Conference Tournament. This will be the team’s first appearance in the tournament since 2013.

“Going into the weekend we knew that we could clinch a conference tournament bid with a win,” said head coach Nicholas Rizzo. “We didn’t play the best that we had all season, but we did enough to win the game. The team is ready to go and give the conference’s best a run.”

The Fighting Scots will finish up their regular season this upcoming Saturday at Grinnell College.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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