Blues continue skid

Gettin’ Downfield Sophomore midfielder Danielle Curtis moves down the field during a recent match at Yager Stadium. Washburn dropped their most recent match to move to 1-12-3 on the year.

On Oct. 22, the Lady Blues traveled to Omaha, Neb., to play against the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks after landing a tie against Emporia State in double overtime.

The Lady Blues were outshot consistently by the Mavericks, who put up 30 shots to Washburn’s six during the course of the game. Lauren Henry, a senior midfielder, led Washburn with two shots on goal.

Although they were greatly outshot during the match, Washburn did see a great effort on the part of the defense, which shut out any attempts at scoring by the Mavericks all the way up to the whistle, and then to double overtime when they changed their formation to a more aggressive play. Tori Fuglister, a freshman, played goalkeeper during the first 45 minutes and made eight saves. Mallorie Monhollon, also a freshman, who picked up six saves during the second half, replaced Fuglister.

After neither team racked up any points during regular game time, the match proceeded into overtime and then to double overtime.

At this point, Amber Bilodeau of the Mavericks scored her second goal of the season, assisted by a pass from Katie Pickinpaugh, to squeak out a 1-0 victory over the Lady Blues.

“I think this was one of our best tactical games so far.” said Tim Collins, Washburn head coach, “We really brought everything we had to the game and did much better than we expected.”

Collins remarked that Fuglister did an excellent job in goal, as did redshirt freshman Monhollon, and that while defense as a whole was great during the game, he believed sophomore defender, Megan Buckley, and senior defender, Kelsey Raiman, both really stepped up.

Monhollon said that the Blues played very well together and became even more organized during the second half in order to continue to keep the Mavericks from scoring.

“Our defense played amazingly well and our mids and offense really connected,” said Monhollon. “We put up a greater fight than I think any UNO people expected. I think we even surprised our coach with our abilities on Saturday.”

Following the game against the Mavericks, the Washburn season record currently stands at 1-12-3. The Lady Blues will play next against Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., on Oct. 27 at Spratt Stadium.