Women’s soccer drops playoff opener to La Crosse

Becca Glisczinski, Sports Reporter

The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team lost its Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament matchup to UW-La Crosse by a score of 1-0.

The loss harms UWO’s chances to make it to the NCAA Division III women’s soccer tournament.

The lone goal scored in the match was driven home by Maddy Fennessy in the 54th minute to give La Crosse all the offense it needed to earn the victory.

UWO controlled the offense for the majority of the game but was unable to get one of their 12 shots past UWL goalie Quinn Shannon.

Junior Delaney Karl led the Titans with three shots and one shot on goal.

The Titans shut out UW-Platteville on Saturday, Nov. 2 in a 4-0 win.

Mallory Knight had three of the four goals, being the first Titan to earn a hat trick since 2010.

Knight had assists from Addie Schmitz, Karl, Rylie Kaufmann and from Alyssa Gunderson.

Maddie Morris also added to the scoreboard with her penalty kick in the 54th minute.

“When everyone is on the same page, we play really well moving the ball around, and moving off the ball well too,” Knight said.

Goalie Madelyn Runyan recorded five saves all game, and the Titans restricted Platteville to only eight shots.
Head coach Erin Coppernoll said the game was exciting on multiple levels.

“I like that we scored four goals, we had a shutout, we played hard for our seniors, and someone had a hat trick,” Coppernoll said.

“We scored nine goals this week in two games. We are putting balls away on the chances we are getting, which is great at this time of year.”

The Titans also earned a 5-1 win versus North Central College on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Although the weather was extreme, Oshkosh snuck in three goals in less than ten minutes.

Addie Schmitz assisted Karl’s goal in the third minute to gain a lead.

Mallory Knight recorded her sixth goal of the season when she scored an unassisted goal in the eighth minute.

Knight then assisted Kaufmann’s goal to take the score to 3-0. This was Kaufmann’s third goal this season.

To add to the list of goals, Schmitz then scored from ten yards out with an assist from Morris.

After the first half, the Titans didn’t slow down as Alyssa Gunderson crossed the ball leading to a goal from Mariah Matthews.

Aly Crum put the Cardinals on the board with an assist from Allyson Viederis in the 87th minute.

“Scoring goals had been our main issue this season, so if we keep up the streak we’ve been on these past two games, I think we should do well in the playoffs,” Knight said.