Women’s soccer’s best all-time

The UW-Parkside women’s soccer team’s season has come to a close again at the hands of perennially number one ranked Grand Valley State University. The two sides squared off again in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Division II tournament at Grand Valley State, and the regional foes proved to be too overwhelming. Despite having a player sent off for the final twenty minutes of the match, UW-Parkside fell by the score of 3-1.

While the end of this season can be bittersweet, the team still managed to produce yet another stellar season: going 13-4-2 overall on the campaign, reaching the GLVC semi-finals, and defeating Quincy in the NCAA Division II tournament to reach back-to-back sweet sixteen appearances. Though many of the great student athletes for the UW-Parkside women’s soccer team will return next season, one of this year’s senior class will be quite noticeably absent from the 2012 squad. Having shattered all major scoring records in program history, Shannon Becker is a UW-Parkside athlete who can go down as one of the University’s all-time greats.

Hailing from DePere, Wisconsin, Shannon Becker has always been around the game of soccer.

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Rangers Advance to GLVC Semi-Finals

Having finished their regular season on a 6-0-2 run, the UW-Parkside women’s soccer team looked to continue a strong run into the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament. Their quarterfinal opponent Sunday afternoon, Southern Indiana, had played spoiler to a 0-0 draw at home late in the regular season. Being defensive minded in the match proved to be Southern Indiana’s inevitable downfall, as it was UW-Parkside who advanced with a solid 2-0 victory to advance into the GLVC semi-finals.

From the start, it appeared the weather would add an interesting dynamic to the contest. Sunday afternoon at Wood Road Field was a chilly one, with 18mph winds and light rain. UW-Parkside’s strategy of playing against the wind to start of the match might have played well into their hands. The first half was solidly controlled by UW-Parkside. The scoring opportunities were being generated by them and them alone, creating four corners and two free kicks on the edge of the penalty area.

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Rangers Held to a Draw on Senior Day

Sunday afternoon was Senior Day for the UW-Parkside women’s soccer team. It was the last regular season home match in the outstanding careers of Kristen Benson, Natalie Brown, Cassie Glodowski, and Shannon Becker. The contest was against Rockhurst University, and ultimately proved to be the team’s third successive overtime match at home and second of which to finish in a draw.

“It’s a great group,” coach UW-Parkside women’s soccer head coach Troy Fabiano said of his seniors. “They’ve accomplished a lot. As a senior group to go 50-11, win two conference championships, and get in the NCAA tournament. It’s a great group of girls. Not even just on the field but off the field.”

The game opened with Shannon Becker taking advantage of a mistake by Rockhurst’s keeper Lucy Sullivan. The ball was spilled to the feet of the senior sniper who celebrated her Senior Day by scoring the opening goal within two minutes of play. It was Shannon Becker’s seventh goal of the season and her forty-first of her UW-Parkside career.

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Rangers Win In Extra Time, 2-1

The UW-Parkside women’s soccer team took on William Jewel College Friday afternoon from a cold and windy Wood Road Field. Despite taking Extra Time to find a winner, the experience and skill of the UW-Parkside inevitably proved to be too much for the newcomers to the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The women’s soccer team went on to defeat William Jewel College by a final score of 2-1.

“A win is a win at this point in the year,” said UW-Parkside’s women’s soccer head coach Troy Fabiano. “It was a frustrating game. I thought we had a way better first half. We controlled possession and created chances. In the second half we seemed disoriented. We just weren’t connecting.”

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Misery St. Louis. Parkside win, 5-0.

After a lengthy road stint, the UW-Parkside women’s soccer team came back home and put on a show against Missouri St. Louis. Friday afternoon’s contest saw the team score in bunches, winning 5-0.

The game started off strongly for UW-Parkside. An early chance was created after a one-two, between Crystal Chalery and Kelsey Armour, sprung the junior striker free onto the right wing. This passage of play was broken up, but repeated minutes later. In the eighth minute, Megan Owens picked out an open Stephanie Barsuli off the same wing. Barusli’s cross into the box found Crystal Chalery in the box for an unstoppable header. It marked Chalery’s first goal of the season.

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