UWO Women’s soccer wins three consecutive matches

Sean Maloney

The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team won its game against UW-Whitewater on Oct. 28 as well as its games over the past weekend against Eau Claire and Concordia to complete a sweep in their past week of games. UW-Whitewater scored an own goal in the second overtime of Wednesday’s game after a shot by Alek Kleis hit the crossbar to give the Titans the victory. With the win, the Titans move into second place in the WIAC standings. Nina Muzi only allowed one goal against UW-Whitewater and Coach Erin Coppernoll noted it was important to stop Whitewater’s talented goal scorers, especially returning Offensive Player of the Year Brianna Reid. “Whitewater has some good goal-scorers,” Coppernoll said. “She [Reid] just has a knack for finding the back of the net.” Muzi also stated that it would take a group effort to slow down Whitewater’s goal-scorers. “It stems from the whole team, and it starts with the defense,” Muzi said. “I think just controlling her [Brianna Reid] and making sure she doesn’t get those shots off.” Muzi says her pregame preparation and some changes in what they do at practice has helped with her recent success. “We’ve been working on more goalkeeper oriented things these past few weeks,” Muzi said. “That’s definitely helped in prep and having a good warm up and just staying focused throughout the whole game.” Wednesday was also senior night for the Titans, and coach Coppernoll said that the seven seniors year, which is the biggest group she can remember, took their love of the game and did something for women’s soccer at UWO. “They’ve really turned their passion into wanting something for this program,” Coppernoll said. “They want to be the first group to win a conference title.” Rachel Elliott scored twice on Saturday against Eau Claire and once more on Sunday versus Concordia to cap off an impressive weekend after battling an early season injury. “Rachel started the season with an injury, so she had kind of a late start” head coach Erin Coppernoll said. “This is the third game she’s scored in a row, she’s just been on fire lately.” Coach Coppernoll also added how she thought it was impressive on Muzi’s part to play so well and make saves while not seeing action on her side of the field that often against Eau Claire. “In the Eau Claire game she wasn’t busy a lot,” Coppernoll said. “So for her to do that when she’s been really not active a lot it’s difficult to do.” At 11-1-1 in their last 13 games, the Titans have gotten hot at the right moment, and Coppernoll said the coaching staff’s goal for each season may be why. “Our goal every season is to develop the team so we’re peaking at the end of the season,” Coppernoll said. “This is the time when you have a conference tournament and it that’s going to tournament who goes to the NCAA [tournament].” With their win on Wednesday the Titans now have a chance to share the regular season WIAC title if they can win on Oct. 31 when they take on UW-Lacrosse on the road.