Nov. 9 2014. Naturally, this was one of the tougher challenges defensively the Rangers felt all tournament, with seventh ranked Cinderella team Missouri S&T pressing a lot during the game. But in the end, it was a seventeenth win for the undefeated and now undisputed conference champion, UW-Parkside Rangers.
The game started out perfectly, within the first two minutes of the game, sophomore midfielder Taylor Schiffer-Jander scored on a breakaway goal, her seventh of the season, giving Parkside an early 1-0 edge on the Miners. After that goal, the Rangers continued to press on throughout. Later in the first half, seniors Niekie Pellens and Kelsey Armour connected on another corner kick, similar to a play the game before against Truman St., with Pellens getting the assist (14th) and Armour heading it in for her fifth goal of the year. With all of the scoring Parkside was doing early, the upstart Miner team did get a few chances, as they played freely, pressing on all chances they got. Goalie, First Team All-GLVC member Mallory Geurts made a beautiful save with seventeen minutes left, but on the corner kick that followed, Missouri S&T broke through, scoring; Parkside was still leading 2-1 going into the half.
Parkside came out of the half with a new fire in their eyes, being much more aggressive trying to score the ball. Second Team All-GLVC member, Sophomore Forward Jillian Hetfleisch scored eight minutes into the second half for her seventh on the season, extending the Ranger lead to 3-1. Then, just three minutes later, Third Team All-GLVC member and Freshman of the Year, Bailey Reed scored, placing the ball perfectly on the outside, high post just outside the reach of the Miners goalkeeper for her fifth goal of the season, furthering the Ranger lead, 4-1. Coach Troy Fabiano began to take his seniors out one by one, as the Rangers won their fifth tournament championship (2003, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2014).
The girls finish the season 17-0-3, winning the regular season and now tournament championships. This has been a historic and banner year for the Parkside Women’s Soccer team. Now, heading into the NCAA tournament, our Rangers have to be one of the favorite’s to bring home a National Championship. It is a great time to be a Ranger, present or past.
We here at The Ranger News want to say congratulations to everyone on the team, players and coaches, etc. We will continue to support on through to the NCAA Tournament as well. Go Rangers!
Article by Jalen Perry