La Crosse, Wis. - The Viterbo University women's soccer team scored three first half goals to help lead them to a 4-1 win over Mount Mercy University in Midwest Collegiate Conference soccer action.
As has been the trend as of late for the V-Hawks, Viterbo would waste very little time finding the back of the net. In just the third minute of the game, freshman Steph Wisen (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) continue to her scoring streak with her 18th goal of the season on an assist by Kelsie Golabowski (Fr. - Eagle, Wis.). The Mustangs responded immediately as they took the ball right down the field and Mackenzie Skay scored to even the score at one. Wisen would then add her second goal of the game in the 14th minute on an assist by senior Anastasia Jensen (Anoka, Minn.). Lauren Neet (So. - Plover, Wis.) would then score the third goal of the half as she took an assist from Danika Spitzer (Fr. - Grand Forks, N.D.) in the 29th minute.
Viterbo would put the game out of complete reach in the second half as Jensen scored her first goal of the season on an assist by Emily Williamson (So. - Rochester, Minn.) in the 76th minute. The goal and assist by Jensen helped cap off a day that started by honoring Jensen on senior day.
From the start to the finish, Viterbo had complete control of the game and outshot Mount Mercy 20-8. They also had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. In a very similar game to the men's game earlier, the two teams combined for 32 fouls and 4 yellow cards. Wisen now has 19 goals on the season which ranks her tops in the MCC and third in the nation (NAIA). She also has 45 points on the year which is in the top five in the NAIA and the fourth most in a single season by a V-Hawk.
The win improves the V-Hawks to 7-8 overall and 4-3 in conference action. Mount Mercy falls to 4-10-1 overall and 2-4-1 in MCC play. Viterbo will play their final game of the regular season next Saturday when they travel to Mount Pleasant, Iowa to face the Tigers of Iowa Wesleyan College. Game time is scheduled for the 1:00 pm.