It was the final home game for the UW-Parkside Woman’s Soccer team late this afternoon, and it was a game that simply looked like a sparring match. The Rangers opponents were the Eagles of Robert Morris (Lake County), a non-conference and non-NCAA team.
This match was put in place after an earlier match in the season was postponed, and was helpful for Parkside’s Kristen Benson who had to serve a one game suspension as a result of her red card this past Sunday. After the game, Coach Troy Fabiano spoke about Robert Morris (Lake County), as they were the lone team to answer the call to get one more match in before the Great Lakes Valley Conference playoffs.
“This was the team that responded,” said Coach Fabiano, “so we were able to get that game in. We were able to knock the ball, stretch our legs out, and that’s the biggest benefit of this one. I just don’t think Robert Morris realized the level they were walking into when they accepted the game, but it is what it is.”
What it just so happened to be was a 9-0 Parkside rout over Robert Morris (Lake County), which saw the game end at the 70th minute of play, the time at which the game would be considered an official game if weather or the officials see fit it should end.
There were no arguments from anyone in regards to it be called early, nor should there have been. Parkside came out full strength and Becky Zirlin popped in a goal before a full minute had been played. Shannon Becker would follow suit with two goals in two minutes, eventually getting a hat trick in the 60th minute of play. In the 10th minute, Kelly Teeters scored her third goal of the year, and, by the 15th minute, Becky Zirlin picked up her second goal of the game, and Parkside was now ahead 5-0 in the first 15 minutes of play.
As an act of sportsmanship, pulled by Coach Fabiano and midfielder Kahili Cheng, Cheng would fake an injury and be taken from the game. Parkside would play one player short for a long time, and then remove yet another player from the game in an effort to even the playing field as best as possible. While Parkside’s bench was utilized quite often, and the then starting team was running laps around the field, Robert Morris had a mere two bench players to use. After an injury to Robert Morris’ keeper, a midfielder had to be brought in to play between the pipes for them. It was around then that the game should have ended, and it was ten minutes after that in which it did.
“I’d rather talk about Sunday’s game to be honest,” laughed Coach Fabiano.
This Sunday, the Rangers begin the GLVC playoff against Indianapolis University. Indianapolis was the team that ended the Rangers long home winning streak in the middle of the season. Sweet revenge might be at hand for the Rangers who’ll look to return the favor to Indianapolis ground in Round 1 of the playoffs.