Soccer takes their first undefeated weekend in stride

On the weekend of Oct. 9 and Oct. 11,Washburn soccer accomplished their first undefeated weekend in the past year.

On Friday Oct. 9, Washburn defeated Missouri Western State University 1-0. Freshman forward, Ellie Karloff scored the singular winning goal 17 minutes into the game off of a corner, having been assisted by Cadence Bourne and Sara Specht. Two yellow cards were issued in this game against Washburn, one on Michelle Keleher and the other on Rachel Kulhanek.

“It was my first goal so it was very exciting. I just thought that I had to get my head down and get it in there. I just had to strike it and get it in there,” Karloff said. “We fought really hard and I know I couldn’t have done it without the team.”

Sunday Oct. 11, Washburn went to a tie in double overtime with Northwest Missouri state university 1-1. Washburn’s Emily Stauffer scored off of a penalty kick, marking Stauffer’s second goal for the season 26 minutes into the game. However, Northwest Missouri tied up the game 10 minutes into the second half with a free kick off of a foul, 50 yards out from the goal.

Four yellow cards were issued during the game, two for Washburn and two for Northwest Missouri. Morgan El-Attrache earned hers during the second half, and Bailey Wobig earned hers attempting to win the game during the second overtime.

Some could argue that since both of the game’s goals were scored off of fouls, that the game was largely driven by the calls of the referee.

“Sometimes the ball just didn’t bounce our way and some of the calls just went missing. Both teams were playing really hard and the referee kind of let the fouls dictate the game. It just happens,” said head coach Chris Jones. “We fought till the very end, it was just unfortunate that we just couldn’t pull it off.”

Washburn soccer will next play an away game at Missouri Southern State University on Thursday Oct. 15.