Women’s soccer improves record to 3-2

Zijo Zulic

The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team split their weekend in Minnesota with a loss to St. Olaf College on Sunday (Sept. 11) and a win on Saturday (Sept. 10) over The College of St. Scholastica.
St. Olaf College forward Mackenzie Schoustra gave the Oles the edge in the second overtime period when her shot deflected off a UW Oshkosh defender to give the Oles a 2-1 victory.
Schoustra’s goal came at the 102 minute and 3 second mark of the game and teammate Hannah Stoker was awarded the assist on the goal.
The Titans took an early 1-0 lead Sunday when Robyn Elliott connected with twin sister Rachel Elliott in the 21st minute of the first half. It was Rachel’s third goal of her senior campaign.
“We know how the other one plays and which runs they enjoy making,” Rachel said. “I know that if I call for the ball over the top of the defensive line, Robyn can play me a ball right where I need it.”
UW Oshkosh (3-2) held St. Olaf College (3-1) scoreless in the first half with help from goalkeeper Jessica Galason.
It was not until the 52nd minute in the second half when Abby Stets of St. Olaf scored an equalizer.
UW Oshkosh head coach Erin Coppernoll said the defensive third struggled on Sunday against St. Olaf College.
“Both goals we gave up that game we made mistakes in the final third and we paid for them,” Coppernoll said. “We weren’t sound in the back third on Sunday.”
St. Olaf’s goalkeeper Julie Johnson went down with an injury late in the second half resulting in freshman midfielder Lulu Regules Verduzco taking for the remainder of the contest.
Coppernoll noted the Titans could not find the back of the net against the substitute goalkeeper.
“We had four corner kicks against that pseudo-goalkeeper that we really didn’t put any shots on frame,” Coppernoll said. “It’s unfortunate because we had our chances to put them away, and we didn’t.”
There were 15 total corner kicks in the game Sunday. Ten of them were awarded to UWO, but the Titans failed to capitalize on them.
“[We] were unable to finish our corners or put them on frame,” Rachel said.
Coppernoll said the Titans have to be better on corner kicks.
“We are going to work on corners a lot because we aren’t good at them,” Coppernoll said. “It’s nice to get them, but we have to execute them better”
The UWO women’s soccer team is looking to bounce back after this loss.
“All I can say is I am hungry for more after leaving Sunday’s game unsatisfied,” Rachel said. “I am excited to see what this weekend holds for the Titans.”
UW Oshkosh defeated The College of St. Scholastica on Sunday with a score of 1-0.
Robyn Elliott netted the only goal of the game in the 47th minute in the second half. It was her first goal of the season for the Titans.
“It was very important for me to get that goal because I’ve definitely been focusing on defense more, seeing as I’m a holding midfielder,” Robyn said. “I have to finish the chances I get on offense because there might not be a lot.”
Rachel Elliott was key in getting the Titans on the board first with her assist on Robyn’s goal.
“We definitely work better as a pair,” Robyn said. “We know what each other is capable of.”
Coppernoll said a rookie back line did not stop the Titans from holding the Saints scoreless the entire game.
“We have a very new back line this year,” Coppernoll said. “We graduated quite a few defenders last year, so we have a lot of new faces.”
Coppernoll said the Titans were outstanding in limiting The College of St. Scholastica (1-2-1) to five total shots the entire game.
“We start from day one working on our defensive shape with our backline and goalkeeper in being compact and not allowing them to split us, and get through” Coppernoll said. “We did a good job of that on Saturday.”
The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team finished the weekend 1-1. The last four of five games have been on the road, but coach Coppernoll said it does not matter where the game is.
“We have to be road warriors,” Coppernoll said. “We’re a solid team, and we should be able to win no matter where we play.”
UWO takes on St. Norbert College on Thursday (Sept. 15). This will be the team’s fifth game in a row on the road this season.”