The women’s soccer team has earned the fourth spot in the Midwest Conference Tournament despite a heartbreaking non-conference loss against UW-Oshkosh in the second overtime period. Lawrence and the Titans were stuck at a stalemate for 104 minutes until UW-Oshkosh freshman Becca Blue deflected a Kelsey Spaith corner kick into the net, ending the match instantaneously. Despite the loss, the Vikings took a positive attitude away from their effort, carrying their energy into a must-win game at Ripon. For Lawrence to qualify for the MWC Tournament, the Vikings needed to defeat seventh-place Ripon on Saturday while the Monmouth Fighting Scots beat Beloit and lost to Lake Forest in their weekend games. The Viking took care of their end of things by thrashing Ripon 3-0. The rest was up to Monmouth and fate, and both played in Lawrence’s favor. With their season on the line, Lawrence played shutdown defense, holding Ripon to just two shots on goal, both of which were saved by senior goalkeeper Lindsey Ahlen. Ripon was forced to play defense for almost the entire match, allowing three goals despite goalkeeper Angelica Cooper’s 11 saves. Junior Sarah Ehlinger had a great performance to finish her season, netting a Mallory Koula-assisted goal in the 40th minute and a 77th-minute strike on a Celesta Kirk assist. Koula added another goal for good measure only two minutes later, while Annie Kaiser added her third assist of the season. Ehlinger earned MWC Offensive Player of the Week after her brace as she moved into fifth place on Lawrence’s career list with 28 goals as a Viking. In addition, Ehlinger was named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District 5 second team based on strong performance in the classroom and on the pitch. Ehlinger was the only Midwest Conference player chosen from District 5, which encompasses all schools in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana. The Vikings will hope to earn a berth into the NCAA Division 3 Tournament this weekend as they look to upset Carroll University. Despite the strong finish to their season, the Vikings are heavy underdogs against the Pioneers, who have won the past three MWC Tournaments, possess a 9-0-0 conference record and home-field advantage, and beat Lawrence 9-2 in Appleton earlier this year. If Lawrence can get past Carroll in their 7 p.m. game, they will face the winner of Lake Forest vs. St. Norbert on Saturday, with the winner earning a berth in the 2009 NCAA Division 3 Tournament, which begins Nov. 12.