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Scots take second in conference

November 10, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

The Monmouth College women’s soccer team earned a berth to the Midwest Conference Soccer Championships this past weekend. With their play over the course of the season, they earned a number four seed in the four-team tournament and played host St. Norbert in their opening game.

In the 25th minute, a Scots corner kick bounced out to Aspen Chadderdon who found Kara-Jade Gordon to put the Scots up 1-0 over the top-seeded Green Knights. Norbert was able to even the score in the 78th minute off of a penalty kick.

Not even two overtimes could decide a winner, which left the game to be decided in a shootout. Norbert was only able to score one penalty thanks to outstanding saves from keeper Kensey Arlt. Natalie Wolski and Hannah Kugler netted the only two penalties the Scots needed to upset the number-one seeded Green Knights and earn a spot in the championship match.

The following evening, Monmouth took to the pitch to face rival Knox in De Pere, Wisconsin with the conference championship and a shot at the NCAA tournament on the line.

Outshot by Knox 8-1, Monmouth took only a 1-0 deficit into the break. The Prairie Fire found two more early in the second half before Jacie Reis scored off an assist from Kara-Jade Gordon. The shots were evenly distributed since both teams got off 6 in the second half, but Monmouth was unable to close the gap before the 90 minutes expired.

The Lady Scots ended the season with an 11-8-1 record and their first conference tournament berth in 5 years. They will lose three seniors to graduation but are set to return 10 of their starters next season.

Lucas Sondgeroth
contributing Writer

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