On Friday, Oct. 12, the lady Rangers soccer team took on University of Illinois-Springfield. The opening whistle blew to start the game. Before I could even bat an eye, the lady Rangers scored the first goal of the game. Madison Pickett bombed a lead pass down field to Ashley Meyer, who shielded off a defender with her body to receive the pass cleanly. Ashley then floated the ball ever so perfectly over the UIS goalkeeper’s head into the net, while still being harassed by the pesky UIS defender who was hanging around like a gnat.
UW-Parkside’s men’s soccer team managed to pull out another close win at home advancing to 4-0 at Wood Road Field. Although it did not come easy, it was a key 1-0 victory for the team in the Great Lakes Valley Conference against Missouri-St. Louis. UW-Parkside now stands in ninth place in the GLVC at 2-2-1 in conference (4-2-1 overall) and Missouri-St. Louis slides down to twelfth with a 1-2-2 record in conference (2-2-3 overall).
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.
Last season was another banner year for the UW-Parkside women’s soccer team and head coach Troy Fabiano. The team took home the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship, their second GLVC championship in three years. The team also reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II tournament after a thrilling win over rivals Northern Kentucky University at Wood Road Field. With many of the same faces still on this team, the expectations for the new campaign are set high.
“Our goals are always the same in the program,” stated head coach Troy Fabiano. “Our goal is to finish in the top four of the GLVC and to host the first round, get into the semi-finals, and at that point it is anyone’s game to get into the NCAA tournament. Our goals will always be that and if we change those goals we’re obviously not doing something right.”
A week removed from winning the 2010 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship game over Northern Kentucky University, Parkside’s women’s soccer team was set for a rematch in the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament. This game was an absolute thriller in every sense of the word. The game lasted through extra time and on into penalty kicks to decide a winner. The Rangers outlasted their key rivals of the conference season, winning 4-2 on penalty kicks.
“We knew coming in what [NKU] were going to do,” stated women’s soccer head coach Troy Fabiano. “They knew what we were going to do. We told the girls it was going to come down to a physical battle.”