Soccer takes down UW-River Falls, St. Norbert


Lydia Sanchez

Senior Alexis Brewer dribbles around a UW-River Falls defender on Saturday night. The Titans came away with a 2-0 victory, improving to 3-3 in the WIAC.

Ally Gwidt, Sports Writer

The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team went 2-0 last week after defeating UW-River Falls on Saturday and St. Norbert College on Wednesday.

The pair of wins advance UWO to a 7-9-1 record overall and a 3-3 record in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

UW Oshkosh recorded their fifth shutout of the season as the Titans defeated the Green Knights, 3-0.

Senior forward Alexis Brewer accounted for UWO’s first goal of the night in the 10th minute of play. Brewer was assisted by sophomore forward Mallory Knight.

Forward Hannah Zacher then extended the Titans lead to 2-0 in the 43rd minute off an assist from freshman Alyssa Gunderson.

Aided by Brewer, Gunderson then clinched the game early in the second half with the Titans third and final goal, coming in the 58th minute of play.

UWO goalkeeper Madelyn Runyan ceased all six of the Green Knights shots on goal, while St. Norbert’s goalie Ally Magiera stopped five of eight shots on goal.

On Saturday, the Titans defeated UW-River Falls 2-0 in their last home game of the regular season.

After heading into the second half 0-0, the Titans took a 1-0 lead as forward Delaney Karl connected from 20 yards out during the 75th minute of play. Karl’s goal served as her second goal of the season and was assisted by Zacher.

Knight then advanced the match to a 2-0 UWO lead with a game-sealing goal in the 86th minute of play.

Knight, who recorded only one goal last year, leads the team in goals scored with seven so far this year. Knight said her success this season goes far beyond her new-found confidence.

“Being confident on the ball and in my play has helped me make the most of the opportunities I’ve been given from the rest of the team,” Knight said. “I wouldn’t be having this success without the great plays and balls from them; I owe them my success.”

Head coach Erin Coppernoll backed Knight’s ascendancy from freshman to sophomore saying she expects Knight to continue this type of play into the postseason.

“[Knight] has put a lot of work into her game, and you can tell that she was really hungry to be a dangerous play for us this year,” Coppernoll said. “She’s done a great job in the final third [of the season], and I still think she’s got plenty of goals ahead of her this season.”

Sophomore goalie Erin Toomey secured yet another UWO shutout, while the Falcons goalkeeper, Haley Crosby managed to save nine of UWO’s 11 shots on goal the most for the Titans this season.

Looking forward for the Titans, Coppernoll said she feels comfortable with where the team is at and hopes to win their last conference game before the postseason.

“I think we are playing really good ball right now,” Coppernoll said. “We still have one game left to determine where we land, so hopefully we can score the third or fourth seed to host.”

The Titans now sit in fourth place in the WIAC, a half game behind UW-Eau Claire. If the Titans win their last game of the regular season, they could potentially move into third place in the WIAC.

UW Oshkosh will play their last game against UW-Platteville on Saturday at Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium before starting the first round of the WIAC Championship on Tuesday.