After a lengthy road trip that saw the UW-Parkside Rangers go 2-0-1, the Women’s Soccer team battled the Hawks of Rockhurst University as well as the elements in a game that saw the Rangers clinch a Great Lakes Valley Conference playoff birth. The Rangers would defeat the Hawks 3-0, and improve to 9-3-3 overall this season.
The Rangers started with a bang in this one with no result to show for it. In the fourth minute, Crystal Chalery hit post, and, minutes later, Meredith Novak struck crossbar. The Rangers had four shots in the first thirteen minutes of the match, whereas Rockhurst University had three shots the entire first half.
The start of the second half saw a very similar pace from the Rangers. Within the first minute, Meredith Novak drilled a shot that was blocked out for a corner. Becky Zirlin, only moments after the corner kick, put another shot toward goal, but would miss wide. The attack continued in the 50th minute, when Becky Zirlin’s shot was blocked, scrambled, and then nearly put past Rockhurst keeper Alyssa Miller by Kahili Cheng. Parkside’s early attack wasn’t getting in the back of the net, but it was wearing down Rockhurst.
Finally, in the 57th minute of the match, Crystal Chalery put in her fourth goal of the year, with assists to Kristen Benson and Shannon Becker. Crystal Chalery, a speedster, has really done well since moving back to a forward role. Since Chalery’s move back up top, she only hasn’t scored in two of the five matches in that transition back to forward.
Come the 62nd minute of the match, Kelly Teeters would sub in for Kahili Cheng. It would only take Teeters only 16 minutes to find the back of the net for the first time this season. Meredith Novak would be credited with the assist on Kelly Teeters’ goal, and it wouldn’t be long before she was credited with another one.
Not two minutes past Teeters’ goal, Jasmine Espino scored her second goal of the year. The assists went to Meredith Novak, as well as Shannon Becker, who had the primary assist on the goal.
The Rangers out-shot Rockhurst 18-8, in the 3-0 victory. While the season hasn’t been as expected due to injury, the Rangers clinched their way into the Great Lakes Valley Conference playoffs with the victory today. While they’ll look to defend their crown in the conference playoffs, they get a great taste of that very playoff Sunday afternoon when they face Drury University. The Drury Panthers come in with an overall record of 12-4, and will be a great match up for the Parkside Rangers, who’ll look to get on a hot streak entering the GLVC playoffs.