Soccer goes 0-2 to conclude the season

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Lydia Sanchez

Junior Michaela Schenk dribbles around a defender.

Ally Gwidt, Assistant Sports Editor

The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team concluded its season after going 0-2 last week to UW-Platteville on Saturday and UW-Eau Claire on Tuesday.

UWO finished the year with a 7-11-1 record overall and a 3-5 record in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The sixth-seeded Titans fell to the third-seeded Blugolds 3-0 in the first round of the WIAC tournament.

UW-Eau Claire’s Mercedes Wilson initiated the Blugold’s lead early on with a goal in the 10th minute of play. The Titans managed to hold the Blugold lead at 1-0 until the 59th minute when Wilson scored her second goal of the night off an assist from midfielder Hannah Schaetzel.

UW-Eau Claire’s third and final goal of the match came from forward Emily Sullivan in the 69th minute of action. The Blugold’s victory over the Titans advances UW-Eau Claire’s conference record to 4-2-1 and grants them a spot in the semifinals of the WIAC Championship.

On Saturday, the Titans lost to the Pioneers 2-0 in their last game of the regular season.

The weekend matchup remained scoreless until UW-Platteville’s forward Caelyn Steffens hammered one in against UWO goalkeeper Erin Toomey in the 42nd minute of play.

Steffens then scored a game-sealing goal after she broke through the Titans backline in the 79th minute. Steffens leads the league in goals scored with 26 this season.

UW-Platteville goalkeeper Kathryn Flaherty saved all seven of UWO’s shots on goal, including five in the final 21 minutes. The Pioneers had only three shots on goal, all of which came from Steffens.

With her fourth and final season in the books, Titans senior forward Alexis Brewer reflected on how her time with the program has shaped her.

“The biggest thing I took from my experiences is playing for something bigger than myself,” Brewer said. “I am going to miss my amazing teammates and second family. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.”

Sophomore Hannah Zacher heads a ball towards a teammate agaisnt UW-Platteville.

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Sophomore Hannah Zacher heads a ball towards a teammate agaisnt UW-Platteville.

Last year, the Titans made it to the semifinals of the WIAC Championship and recorded an 8-8-4 record overall and a 3-1-3 record in conference play. UW Oshkosh also compiled for 32 goals scored and eight shutouts in the 2017 season compared to 23 goals and five shutouts this season.

Sophomore Mallory Knight led the Titans with seven goals scored this year, while freshman Kylee Brown had three. Brewer, junior Delaney Karl and sophomore Hannah Zacher had two and a number of players had one.

With 25 of this season’s 33 players being either freshman or sophomores, head coach Erin Coppernoll said she is ready to take on her 16th season with the program as the younger players continue to grow.

“This season, we had to replace nearly a complete backline and our goalkeeper, so we had some growing pains in the back this year,” Coppernoll said. “However, being so young it is exciting to think about the future of [UWO soccer].”

Junior co-captain Maddie Morris said she hopes the Titans can rally together for a better outcome next year.

“This season has been an uphill battle,” Morris said. “As a team, I am hoping that our passion continues to grow and we begin to realize the importance of every minute and every game that we play.”

After the first round, the remaining teams in the WIAC Championship are top-seeded UW-La Crosse, second-seeded UW-Stevens Point, third-seeded UW-Eau Claire and fifth-seeded UW-Whitewater. UW-La Crosse and UW-Stevens Point both earned first-round byes and will host the semifinals on Thursday. UW-La Crosse won last year’s tournament against UW-Whitewater in a double-overtime shootout, 4-3.