Women’s soccer takes down Green Knights

Jon Mays

The Lawrence University women’s soccer team faced a pair of tough opponents this past week in St. Norbert and Lake Forest. The Vikings battled hard in both games and relied on steady defense to keep both games within striking distance. Lawrence split the pair of games to move their record to 3-4 on this young season.
The Vikings managed a shutout against the Green Knights of St. Norbert, winning thanks to goals by senior Annie Kaiser and junior Mallory Koula. Freshman goaltender Cassandra Burke only needed to make one save to record the shutout.
Lawrence outshot St. Norbert 13-7, including nine shots – five on goal – by Koula alone. This victory may have left the Vikings a little too confident before their match against the Foresters of Lake Forest College.
In last Saturday’s game, Lake Forest and Lawrence traded goals, with senior Sarah Ehlinger opening the scoring for the Vikings in the 10th minute with an assist from Koula. The Foresters countered with a goal of their own less than a minute later.
Ehlinger put Lawrence back in the lead early in the second half, but the Foresters countered once again just three minutes later. The score remained tied at two through the end of regulation.
Just nine minutes into overtime, Becky Esrock scored her second consecutive goal to win the game for the visitors. Koula once again led the Vikings in shots, and Lawrence outshot Lake Forest 19-11, but the final score stood at 3-2 in favor of the Forester.
The Vikings will take the field again this weekend on the road against UW-Stout. Their next home match will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Edgewood College.

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