Women’s SoccerThe last chance for the women’s soccer team to have a chance of advancing to the conference tournament passed them by in the 5-1 loss to St. Norbert last Friday.
The Green Knights were only up 1-0 at halftime but managed to convert four more chances into goals in the second half, while LU’s Emily Buzicky was able to do only minimal damage with her team-leading 10th goal of the season.
On Tuesday, Lawrence played Ripon to a 1-1 tie in double overtime. Ripon opened the scoring first, though the Vikings had most of the possession in the opening half.
With the score 0-1 at halftime, the women were determined to score. They were rewarded in the 67th minute, when freshman Melinda Luber darted in front of the onrushing Ripon goalie to slot a Beth Shaker pass just inside the near post.
Lawrence had a number of chances, outshooting Ripon 35-15, but was also called for seven offsides that could have easily led to one-on-ones with the goalkeeper.
The women are back in action tomorrow, Saturday, against Illinois Wesleyan at 2 p.m.
With a three-game winning streak at risk, the men’s soccer team was determined to play their best against sixth-ranked UW Oshkosh last Wednesday.
The perennial power had defeated Lawrence 5-0 last year with the Vikings only managing one long-range shot, but the Vikings were adamant that they would make the Titans work for a win.
Oshkosh jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead, but that’s not to say LU didn’t have their chances. Having only conceded one goal in their previous nine games combined, it was never going to be easy for LU to score.
The Vikings came out hard in the second half but were unable to tally a goal. Matt Wolin beat the keeper but smashed his shot off the crossbar, and Rodrigo Gomes was unable to turn the rebound into the net.
After Oshkosh made it 3-0 on a defensive error, the Vikings were finally rewarded for their hard work in the 71st minute , Gomes slid a pass from Klas Berghede inside the near post to score only the second goal against Oshkosh this year.
The last 20 minutes saw both sides pushing forward in an effort to score more goals, but it ended 3-1 with the Vikings feeling like they could have put a few more in the back of the net.
The game was a good buildup to their last three home games of the season. The Vikings played Ripon this past Wednesday and play Carroll tomorrow, and Midwest Conference leaders St. Norbert on Tuesday.
In their last home meet of the season, the women’s tennis team lost to Beloit 7-2.
Amy Gammon won her match 6-0, 6-2 and the doubles team of Serene Sahar and Adriana Teodoro-Dier claimed the second point for the Vikings with an 8-4 win.
The loss puts the Vikings at 7-7-1 overall and 0-4 in conference. The conference tournament will be held this weekend.
The women’s soccer team plays tomorrow in a non-conference game against Illinois Wesleyan at home at 2 p.m. following the men’s conference game against Carroll at noon.
The men have their last home game of the season next Tuesday against defending champions St. Norbert at 3 p.m.
Football plays Monmouth away tomorrow before returning next weekend for the homecoming game against Grinnell.
The cross country team is away at Carthage tomorrow, but play host next Saturday at Plamann Park for the Lawrence Invitational.