The Indiana Wesleyan University women’s soccer team lost 0-2 Wednesday, Oct. 22 in a physical contest against the Crossroads League’s only undefeated team, Spring Arbor University.
From the start of the game, the Cougars, ranked No. 9 in the NAIA, put a lot of pressure on the Wildcat defense. They finally broke through in the 12th minute when Shannon Balcer (jr) headed in a corner kick from the far post to give Spring Arbor a 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats held strong the rest of the half, quelling several Cougar attacks while producing a few offensive strikes of their own.
The even possession continued through into the second half, but the physicality of both teams increased significantly after the intermission. Overall, IWU committed eight fouls in the contest, while the referees called three fouls on Spring Arbor.
In the 68th minute, a deflected ball by IWU goalie Megan Weiss (fr) bounced off of Spring Arbor’s Aubrey Schierbeek (fr) and into the goal to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead and conclude the game’s scoring.
Wildcats Head Coach Tim Strader said he was proud of his players’ effort against a very talented Spring Arbor squad.
“To lose 2-0 against a very high-quality team like Spring Arbor is really good,” Strader said. “The fight [the team] brought was unbelievable.”
As the last home regular-season game of the season, the Wildcats celebrated Senior Night for their seven seniors: Kerrin Clancy, Caitlyn Mains, Tracey Tiernon, Elisa Teller, Haley Svrcina, Megan Hardesty and Jillian Owens.
“The seniors have showed a lot of heart and determination for us all year,” Strader said.
With the loss, the Wildcats moved to 3-4-1 in Crossroads League play. They conclude their regular season 3 p.m. Saturday at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.