UWO wins conference opener

Levi Zimmerman

Robyn Elliot recorded one goal and an assist over the weekend.
[/media-credit] Robyn Elliot recorded one goal and an assist over the weekend.

The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team recorded a pair of wins on Sept. 19 and 20, including a victory over conference opponent UW-Platteville at J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium. On Sunday against Central College (Iowa), the Titans took the first lead of the game at the 27th minute by a goal from junior Robyn Elliot. The Dutch were able to tie the game at one with a goal at the 51st minute, but the Titans answered in the 53rd minute when junior Alyssa Arnold scored the decisive goal to defeat Central 2-1. The Titans recorded their first Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win on Saturday by defeating UW-Platteville 3-1. Senior Christina Mauthe was among the scorers and said preparation heading into the contest was extensive. “Preparation for UW-Platteville was high intensity and very strategic,” Mauthe said. “We had a quick turnaround from playing on Tuesday against Chicago, so we had to be extremely focused, and we picked up the pace in our practices by playing hard and giving it all the energy we had.” Another Titan to find her way into the scoring column against the Pioneers was junior Courtney Leister. Leister tallied a score from an assist by Elliot. Leister said she and the rest of the team wanted to come out and prove that they are a different team from previous seasons. “The past two years we have lost to Platteville,” Leister said. “We definitely wanted to come out and prove that we were the better team.” UWO has never won a conference title, and Leister said that’s a goal for them this year. “I think winning against Platteville gave us a lot of momentum to continue our hope of winning conference for the first time,” Leister said. “This year we have a super positive environment within the team and it is definitely helping us succeed.” Elliot said one aspect of their game has been utilizing its depth of players. “Something to look for when watching us play is our strength off the bench,” Elliot said. “We have a deep team this year, and that is an important role in influencing our success.” The Titans overall record stands at 4-2 and 1-0 in conference. They will travel to California over the weekend, to` face University of California-Santa Cruz on Saturday and Mills College (Calif.) on Sunday.