Soccer beats UW-Stout, stumbles vs Duhawks


Lydia Sanchez

Sophomore Addie Schmitz tries to scoot around a couple of UW-Stout defenders in UWO’s 2-1 victory over the Blue Devils at Titan Stadium on Saturday.

Calvin Skalet, Editor in Chief

The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team went 1-1 last week after it defeated UW-Stout 2-1 and fell to Loras College 2-1.

Loras College started the game strong after scoring the only two goals in the first half. In the 10th minute of the match, Loras senior forward Gretchen Schulz scored for the Duhawks.

Loras forward Emily Perhats added the final goal of the first half after scoring off a corner kick in the 36th minute of the match.

UWO freshman Kylee Brown added the lone goal for the Titans after the forward found the back of the net in the 86th minute of the game.

The Titans defeated UW-Stout by a score of 2-1 last Saturday at Titan Stadium. Sophomore Mallory Knight had her first multiple-goal game in her career after the forward found the back of the net twice in the match.

Knight scored on a 25-yard kick during the match’s 17th minute. Knight also scored later in the game to break the 1-1 tie with her score from 15 yards out in the 54th minute. Knight, who owns a team-leading five goals on the season, got assists from sophomore Delaney Karl on her first goal and Brown on her second.

UWO sophomore Emily Burg said the team turned it around after they were defeated by UW-La Crosse in a 5-0 shutout.

“We used the loss against La Crosse as a huge boost of motivation to turn our season around,” Burg said. “The team has an incredible amount of passion and drive, so deciding to step up and play as a complete unit of girls who want to succeed was not difficult. We have the skill to be an extremely competitive team especially going into conference, we just needed to get out of the losing streak we ended up in so that we can have the results to prove it.”

Morris said the losing streak was a great teaching moment for the team early in the season.

“We have more confidence in ourselves personally, and I feel that we have confidence as a group,” Morris said. “That is a big thing for us. Being able to go forward as a group and work together is a huge thing for us.”

Morris said moving to center back along the defensive line has been a challenge, but it has forced her to grow both as a player and teammate.

“I’m growing as a player each and every day,” Morris said. “I have to work to be the best version of myself and a big piece of that has been working on my shape and closing space on attackers. The more space that you give someone with the ball the more likely they are to take it to goal and get a good opportunity. Closing that space is one of my main roles as a center back now.”

UWO head coach Erin Coppernoll said while the five-game losing streak wasn’t ideal, she was confident the team could turn it around.

“We’ve been playing good soccer, we just haven’t gotten the results yet,” Coppernoll said. “I tried to encourage them and show them the good things that we are doing. We just needed to clean up some mental mistakes.”

The UWO women’s soccer team will head to the western part of Wisconsin to face WIAC rival UW-Eau Claire this Saturday, Oct. 13. The Blugolds are currently fifth place and one spot behind the Titans in the WIAC Conference standings.

Burg said the team will look to bounce back after the loss. She said the energy is prevalent, and they need to focus on their style of play.

“We just need to keep the drive and passion we have had the last couple of games,” Burg said. “We need to make sure as a unit we are remembering the basics by playing smart while also quick so we can control the speed of the game. We need to try to be less reactive to what the other team does and instead make them react to our play.”