Women’s Soccer Remains Undefeated in Conference Play

Sam Hvidsten

The College of Saint Scholastica women’s soccer program continued their winning streak in the conference by defeating Crown College this past Saturday with a score of 3-1.

The first half proved to be very successful for the Saints. All three of the Saints’ goals occurred in the first twenty minutes. Only eight minutes had gone by before junior Taylor Olson assisted freshman Janelle Rouillard in her third goal of the season, and the Saint’s first goal of the match. It did not take long for the Saints to put another goal on the scoreboard. Just one minute later, sophomore Rachel Dixon hit the back of the net, enhancing the Saint’s lead to 2-0.

The Saints had five shots before scoring their third, and final goal reaching the eighteenth minute. Assisted by senior Kirsten Olsen, senior Taylor Rozmark rolled the ball, hitting the left side of the net. This goal marked Olsen’s first point of the season.Though the scoreboard stayed the same through the rest of the first half, that did not stop the Saints from attacking. They released a
whopping thirty-two shots, making Crown College’s goalkeeper Emily Kirby record 19 saves.

The second half of the match was not as active as the first for the Saints, making half the amount of shots. With a total of 15 shots, CSS did not get one past Kirby in the second half. The Saints were on their way towards a shutout until Crown College scored in the seventy-second minute.

This win against Crown College keeps the Saints with an undefeated record in UMAC
play with a (5-0-1) record.

The future’s looking bright for the women’s team, and a lot of skills and areas of focus are coming together. Dixon elaborates on some of the team’s strengths.

“As a team, I believe we excel when it comes to effort, ambition, and determination” Dixon said. “Everyone on the team has so much love for the sport and so much love for each other. Whenever we get on the field, you can tell that everyone is driven to win and driven to work for each other.”

When talking to some of the girls on the team, some of the areas of focus for the next games seem to be established.

“Goals going into our next game is to keep up our energy for the full 90 and focus on maintaining possession and stringing good passes going forward” Rozmark said. “We also have been focusing on finishing strong and being more aggressive during set plays and corners. Rachel Dixon’s goal was a great example of that Saturday.”

In the upcoming games, the Saints will really have to focus to continue their winning conference streak.

“We need to play more consistently from game to game and within the games themselves,” Coach David Reyelts said.

If the Saints can keep the energy they had in the beginning of the game on Saturday though the whole game, they are going to be a very rough wall to break down.

The Saints will travel to Mankato this Saturday, October 15th, to face off against Bethany Lutheran. On Tuesday, October 18th, they will make the trip down to the cities to go head to head with Macalester.