Womens Soccer falls in Battle against Vikings

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WATERTOWN, WI—The Lady Crusaders were unable to capitalize on several opportunites Saturday morning, falling to the Vikings of Lawrence University 1-0 on Parent’s Day.

“I thought we played really well today,” remarked head coach Bryan Board after the game. “We had a poor first half and couldn’t seem to get organized, but once we fixed our system, I thought we had a fantastic second half.”

The only goal of the game came courtesy of Viking junior forward Keli Muchowski (Neenah, WI) in the 18th minute. Muchowski broke free in the midfield and was able to take a smart shot from about 35 yards out, that sailed just over the outstretched hand of Crusader goalkeeper Michala Marino (Grand Blanc, MI).

The Crusader defense would hold strong for the remainder of the first half, and yet the offense failed to create opportunities, registering merely four shots on goal for the first 45 minutes.

The second was much of the same for the Crusaders, attempting just three shots on goal throughout the second half. Maranatha would fail to convert on each opportunity, one of them taking an unlucky bounce off the left post.

The Vikings defense was led by junior goalkeeper Dani Glass (Deerfield, IL) who recorded 4 saves in the shutout victory.

Maranatha falls to 8-7 overall with the loss, and dropped their first home game of the season to fall to 3-1 in Watertown.

This was the Crusaders last regular season match-up, who now look forward to competing in the NCCAA Regional Tournament in Lincoln, IL. next weekend.

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