Soccer gets revenge against FHSU on senior night


On Oct. 21, Washburn Soccer played against Fort Hays State University in their last home game of the regular season. Before the start of the game, the team held a small ceremony to honor the four seniors on the team. Jaedyn Johnson, Carlee Thompson, Alyssa Kubick and Emily Michaelis were all recognized and accompanied by their family as they received flowers and a portrait of them on the field. After posing for some pictures and wiping away tears, the team got ready to play the Tigers for the second time this season.

Although the game started slow with no shots in the first 10 minutes of the match, Washburn soon found their groove and put the pressure on Fort Hays for a good portion of the first period. It was an intense, gritty, nail-biting game that kept everyone holding their breath.

Washburn took 6 shots in the first half, which was twice more than what Fort Hays took in the same amount of time. The Ichabods played aggressively, and the stats showed it. Washburn had 11 fouls in the first 45 minutes of play, which equals the fouls that the Tigers had in the whole game. However, that didn’t slow down the Ichabods as their intense tempo allowed them to strike first.

With a nice pass from sophomore midfielder Viviana Soto-Herrera, sophomore forward Khloe Schuckman found open space at the top of the box and sent the shot straight into the back of the net within 20 minutes of the game, giving Washburn the early lead.

“We lost to them the first game, so we had to persevere so we could win this one,” Schuckman said.

After the goal, the game returned to its regular pattern of Washburn putting on the pressure and Fort Hays struggling to stick with them. After a dominant first period for the Ichabods, the clock hit zero and the first half officially ended with the score 1-0.

The second half started very similarly to the first half with few shots and a lot of hard-working offense – only this time it was Fort Hays who were the aggressors. They kept the Ichabods on their toes and may have caught them sleeping at the start of the period. The Tigers had some really good passing and play-making; they just couldn’t get any shots in.

The Bods were slow to react, but they soon got into the swing of things and began to match the Tiger’s offense. Both teams made great plays with even better saves. Washburn’s junior keeper Raegan Wells made a total of three saves, one of which saved the game for the Ichabods. The Tiger’s junior keeper Isabel Robben made five saves, one of which was in the last minute of the game and kept the Ichabods from sealing the deal. Fortunately for Washburn, they didn’t need a goal as the clock expired with a score of 1-0, finishing the last game in Yager Stadium for Washburn’s four seniors.

“The girls wanted to really go out and leave Yager Stadium with a win, and I could see that in how they played,” said head coach Davy Phillips.

Philips and the Ichabods close their regular season with a match against the Hornets at Emporia State University Sunday, Oct. 23.

Edited by Simran Shrestha, Glorianna Noland