Women’s Soccer Faces Tough Road to Playoffs

By MICHAEL GORMAN

The women’s soccer team went 1–1–2 in their last four games, all of which were on the road. This stretch brings their record to 4–6–4 for the season. The team will likely have to win at least four of their remaining five games in order to make the playoffs.

The weekend of Oct. 1, the team beat Nevada and then lost to UNLV, respectively. Versus Nevada, the Tigers stole a win by scoring with 35 seconds remaining. With the clock ticking down, freshman midfielder Jenna Wilt scored her first goal for the Tigers, winning the golden-goal style overtime. The goal was a nice finish off of an assist from star Lauren Milliet, who tallied her third assist of her junior campaign.

Photo courtesy of Charlie Lengal

The Tigers dominated throughout the game but couldn’t quite put the ball away until the very end. The visitors tallied up an astounding 24 shots during regulation, but only needed one in overtime to take the game.

The Tigers had a difficult time combatting 2nd place UNLV’s high-powered attack, and the game ended in a 3–0 defeat at the hands of the reigning Mountain West champions.

The weekend of Oct. 8, the team drew and lost to Utah State and Boise State. Against Utah State, the Tiger defense was strong, despite a powerful Aggie attack. Utah State accounted for 12 shots and 12 corner kicks for the whole game, ousting CC’s three shots and three corner kicks.

Although the hosts had a strong attack, it took them until less than two minutes remaining to tie the game back up. After 25 minutes of the second half, forward Clara Richter put the Tigers ahead with a clinical finish off a deflection from a Utah State defender. The game was tied up with 1 minute and 42 seconds remaining, as the Aggies struck after a rebound.

The game against Boise was a thriller, as the Tigers went down 3–0 in the first half, only to bring it back to 3–2. The team had a few chances to tie it up or win but couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities.

Defender Kelli Sullivan scored the first goal of the game for the Tigers, finishing with a header on a beautiful cross from midfielder Lucia Costanza. This came in the 52nd minute, and 25 minutes later, the Tigers made it interesting.

With 1 minute and 51 seconds remaining, freshman midfielder Tayla Wheeler tallied her first goal as a Tiger, bringing the team even closer to a comeback victory.

Although they applied heavy pressure throughout the rest of the game, the Boise State Broncos held strong. The Broncos were aggressive throughout the game and were called for 14 fouls in total, twice the number that the Tigers put up.

Overall, however, the momentum from the second half of the Boise State game could come in handy for the Tigers moving forward. “Going into our next game against San Diego State, we’re really looking to use the energy from the second half against Boise State,” Milliet said. “We’re a very young team, and often games will come down to a couple plays, so we’re looking to play more professionally in the remaining games.”

The Tigers will face off against San Diego State and University of New Mexico at home this weekend. Both teams have had strong seasons, ranking fifth and third in the Mountain West. Fingers are crossed for our Tigers as they look for at least four wins in the upcoming weeks to make the playoffs.

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