La Crosse, Wis. – The Viterbo University women's soccer team was defeated by Midwest Collegiate Conference foe, Iowa Wesleyan College, on Saturday 3-2. The Tigers game-winning goal came with three minutes left in regulation from Savannah Blair. Unfortunately, the goal took the chance of having home field advantage for the first round of the MCC playoffs that start on October 29.
After congratulating and recognizing the lone senior, keeper Stephanie Stacey (Sr. – New Berlin, Wis.), for Senior Day and the parents of each player on the team, the game started off with a bang. The Tigers scored their first goal 53 seconds into the match. It would be the first of two goals from Iowa Wesleyan's leading scorer, Erin Lucido. The V-Hawks instantly struck back in the second minute on a header from Sarah Ingles (Fr. – Baraboo, Wis.) off a free kick taken by Bre Burry (Fr. – Huntley, Ill.). The rest of the first half wasn't nearly as action packed. Viterbo only achieved two more shots on goal while the Tigers had five more shots on goal. Stacey came out after the first half with three saves and one goal allowed.
Viterbo was the first to break the tie in the second half. Steph Wisen (So. – Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) scored her 10th goal of the season on a great through ball from McKenzie Guth (Fr. – Onalaska, Wis.). The V-Hawks controlled the second half and accumulated nine shots, but only had two shots on goal besides the goal. Carley Esser (So. – Oconomowoc, Wis.) came in to keep goal in the second half and allowed two goals on three shots on goal. The tying goal came from Lucido in the 75th minute on assists from Jacki Isham and Taylor Scott. Blair's score left too little time for Viterbo to come back in the final three minutes.
The loss drops Viterbo to 2-13-1 on the season and 2-5-1 in the MCC, which seats them in sixth place in the MCC quarterfinals. The team will have to travel to Clinton, Iowa, to face Ashford University on October 29, with game time still to be determined. The win for the Tigers takes them to 9-9 overall with a 3-3 conference record. They will be traveling to face Clarke University in their first round MCC match.