Titans keep pace in conference play with two ties

Calvin Skalet

The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team played extra time in both games as the Titans earned two ties after they visited both UW-Stout and UW-Stevens Point this past week. UWO tied UW-Stout by a score of 2-2 in double overtime, and tied UW-Stevens Point 0-0.

On Saturday, UWO scored twice during the final six minutes of regulation to force overtime and ultimately earn a 2-2 tie on Saturday in Menomonie.

UWO started off strong and took a quick 1-0 lead after sophomore forward Ashley Baalke scored in the 22nd minute of play. Baalke scored from a corner kick assisted by freshman forward Toria Koch.

The Titans held their one-goal lead until junior midfielder Alexis Brewer scored off a pass from senior midfielder Kaitlyn Schauer. Brewers goal in the 55th minute of the match is her second goal this season.

UWO appeared to have the game under control, but a pair of UW-Stout goals in the last 10 minutes of the game took the match into extra time.

The Titans were able to get 11 shots off in the match, with three of them coming in the first half and four in the second. In extra time, the Titans were able to launch off four shots.

UW Oshkosh sophomore forward Maddie Morris said she and the team could find positives despite not getting the result they wanted.

“Obviously, without getting the win, the team was disappointed; It was upsetting to go out to be up 2-0, give up two goals late in the second half, and then have our game winner be taken back,” Morris said. “A lot of the girls on the team take results close to heart which is a good thing in my opinion because it provides fire for our next games rather than having us hang our heads about not getting a result we wanted.”

Although the Titans gave up a 2-0 lead, Morris said that the team never lost confidence during the match.

“I don’t think we were complacent with going up by two goals early on; we worked hard for those goals and deserved to be like that,” Morris said. “I don’t think our heads got too big or anything like that, I just think we had trouble keeping our defense compact and holding things together near the end.”

UWO senior defender Felicia Retrum said that the Titans have done a good job running the offense through the center of the field.

“We have done a good job of finding our center forward and skipping the midfield,” Retrum said. “Overall, we have done a good job of keeping the ball and not forcing passes that aren’t on.”

UWO head coach Erin Coppernoll said the team changed up its philosophy in the later minutes of the game, but with UW-Stout having a strong attack, it didn’t hold the Blue Devils from scoring.

“We changed up our formation up in the final ten minutes of the game; I don’t know if that helped, or hindered us,” Coppernoll said. “We did it to make sure we have numbers back and we don’t get caught too far forward; I do think they have a very good goal scorer and shes dangerous which caused problems in the later minutes.”

On Wednesday, UWO battled through yet another match that went into extra time with UW-Stevens Point. The Titans and the Pointers tied in a scoreless double-overtime match.

UW-Stevens Point won the shot battle by shooting the ball 19 times while the Titans were able to get 15 shots off.

UW Oshkosh and UW-La Crosse are the only unbeaten teams left in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with the Titans improving their conference record to 2-0-3.

Coppernoll said that situational defense will help the Titans avoid giving up goals during set plays such as corner kicks.

“Bottom-line: We have to be better in defending corner kicks because the second goal came off of a corner and was bouncing around [in the penalty box],” Coppernoll said. “We just have to be better that way.”

The Titans look to keep their unbeaten record alive when they host UW-Eau Claire Saturday at J. J. Keller Field.