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UWO Athletics

Greta Steins pushes past opposition.

Jacob Link, Sports Editor

After winning their first two matches, the UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team has gone winless in their last three games.

The Titans defeated both Ripon College on Sept. 1 and Bethel University on Sept. 3, 15-0 and 6-0 respectively, to open their season. Freshman forward Greta Steines led the team with four goals in the first two matches and Mallory Kerhin led all UWO goalies with five saves.

UWO tied with Macalester College 0-0 on Sept. 5 in a game that saw every shot on goal saved by both starting goalies. The Titans were blanked in their home opener on Sept. 9 as UWO fell 6-0 to Calvin University. Macalester dominated Oshkosh in the shots on goal category, scoring six goals on 10 shots on goal compared to just two UWO shots on goal.

Sunday’s match saw the Titans draw with Marian University 1-1 at Smith Field in Fond du Lac. UWO kicked off the scoring in the 61st minute when a Greta Steines shot hit Marian goalie Amy Birner and found its way into the back of the net. With just over a minute to go in the game, Marian’s Meghan Batzner scored a tap-in into an empty net after a deflected shot from Abby Larson sent Titan goalie Kerhin the wrong way.

UWO outshot Marian 17-12 with forward Alayna Clark leading the Titans with five shots in the match. Both starting goalies had eight saves in the game while facing nine shots on goal and allowing one goal in the contest.

Through the first five games of the season, UWO is averaging almost 22 shots per game with 4.4 goals per game. Steines leads all scorers with five goals while fellow freshman forward Gabby Born leads the team in points (12) and assists (4). On the defensive side of the ball, Kerhin leads Titans goalies in saves (13) and save percentage (.929).

Last night, UWO took on Lawrence University at J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium.

The Titans will take on the University of Dubuque at home for Clash’s Kids Day on Saturday at 4 p.m.