Women’s Soccer Victorious Against Northwestern University

Samantha Hvidsten
shvidsten@css.edu

The College of St. Scholastica soccer fields were packed this weekend as CSS hosted a couple games. On Saturday morning, the women’s soccer team went head-to-head against the University of Northwestern Eagles, achieving a 2-1 victory. The win improved their record to 2-3-2 on the year.

The Saints started the game off on the right foot by scoring early on thanks to Taylor Olson finding the back of the net after a nice pass was delivered from Hannah Zeis.

“In the early 12th minute I found Taylor Olson’s feet, assisting her in our first goal,” said Zeis. “She did well holding onto the ball and bodying her way through Northwestern defenders to find the net.”

After the first goal, the energy of the team instantly boosted. The goal marked Olson’s third of the season.

Only eight minutes later, that energy helped the Saints score their second goal.

“Taylor Olson found Rachel Dixon out wide” Zeis said. “Dixon put in a cross and Becca Rancour buried a header off of it.”

The Saints held their lead well into the second half. They were on their way to a shutout until Northwestern scored in the 76th minute. Roni Rudolph, the Saint’s goalkeeper, had six saves during the game while Northwestern had twelve shots through the course of the game. Though the girls did not secure the shutout, they still consider the game a huge success.

“The win was a huge positive for us, but we are always reminded that we must never settle,” Zeis said. “Each win is a reward, but only a small one toward what the Saints women’s soccer team plans to accomplish.”

The positive attitude the team has now will guide their success in the future.

The team is starting off their season on a high note as well, which leads to excitement and buzz amongst the team and the fans.

“I am most excited for our growth as a team this year. We have a lot of talent on the team, ranging among age. We are slowly but progressively learning how to put our skills together and compliment one another on the field. The incoming players have phenomenally positive attitudes, so working them into the program was a breeze,” Zeis said.

“Everyone gets along well, which is really important for chemistry on the field. All together we have so much potential. We constantly talk through what needs improvement and then we work hard at training to fix it. Overall I’m really excited to see what this team will become.”

With over ten games left in the season, the girls have time to turn all their potential into an even better performance on the field.

“All of us bring a lot to the table and I know soon enough we will make an incredible feast,” Zeis said.