The Vikings women’s soccer team battled Carroll University last weekend in the first round of the Midwest Conference Tournament. Lawrence was a heavy underdog in the match, but the Vikes came out particularly strong against a Carroll side that earned a perfect 9-0 record in regular-season conference play. Carroll was noticeably shocked by Lawrence’s intensity from the start, as the Pioneers had won the two schools’ first contest of the season 9-2, playing at Lawrence. Despite the Viking women’s best efforts, Carroll would be the first to score. Kate Tarquino gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead with a freekick strike in the 17th minute, but the Vikings equalized soon after Tarquino’s goal when an unassisted strike from Mallory Koula found the net in the 22nd minute. The two sides then battled for over 65 minutes without a score as Carroll’s shots-on-goal advantage was nullified by senior Lindsay Ahlen’s 11 saves. Just as the game was nearing the 88th minute, the Pioneers’ Leah Wiercinski tapped in the winner, devastating the Vikings, who had played their hearts out but finished the game on the losing end of a 2-1 scoreline. With their win, Carroll advanced to the finals, in which the Pioneers defeated St. Norbert 2-0 to earn the MWC’s berth in the NCAA tournament. The women’s soccer team finished a very respectable 11-7 on the season, finishing fourth in the MWC despite being picked to finish in sixth by the preseason coaches’ poll. Koula earned an impressive 55 points throughout the season, scoring 24 goals and helping her teammates with seven assists. The Vikings’ assist leader was Liz Seeley, who posted 10 assists to go with her seven goals. Sarah Ehlinger notched 26 points this season on 10 goals and six assists, while freshman Ellie Galvin had an impressive start to her Lawrence career with six goals and six assists. Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Ahlen had a solid 73-percent save percentage on the season, posting five clean sheets this season. Ahlen, along with defender Amanda Follett, will graduate this year and the Vikings will need to fill the two graduates’ spots as the rest of the team returns for next year’s campaign. Lawrence will look to continue its success under the leadership of coach Lisa Sammons, who now holds a 23-28-1 record after three seasons in charge of the Vikings.