Soccer team shuts out the opposition

Dylan McManis

Starting out their session of five away games as Washburn soccer heads towards the end of the season, Washburn first lost to Southwest Baptist University 2-3 on Saturday, Oct. 17, before winning 1-0 against Missouri Southern State University on Monday, Oct 19.

Despite facing down a 2.0 deficit against the Southwest Baptist soccer team, Washburn managed to turn the game around in the second half thanks to Midfielder Presley Wiggins who scored both of Washburn’s goals for the game within six minutes of each other.

Wiggins managed to bring the game to a tie up until the last five minutes in the game when Southwest Baptist managed to head the ball into the goal right after Washburn’s goalie, Kaitlin Minnich, deflected it, leaving the game at 2-3.

Two days later, in Joplin, Missouri the team managed to pull out a shut-out victory against Missouri Southern, the second of its kind this season with Washburn’s only other shut-out win being against Missouri Western.

The teams played back and forth for the first half, with Washburn being on the offensive far more than Missouri Southern, with 11 shots in the first half to Missouri Western’s five.

Then, five minutes into the second half, Washburn’s Paige Swanson scored her third goal of the season while being assisted by Presley Wiggins.

While the game’s aggression continued, with Southern Missouri earning themselves numerous offside fouls and Washburn’s Kelsi Smith garnering a yellow card, the Southern Missouri Lions couldn’t even it up.

On Friday, Oct. 23, the Washburn soccer team will play at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas before turning around on Sunday, Oct. 25, to have their second match against Nebraska Kearney this season.

Washburn’s first game against Nebraska Kearney ended with Washburn’s victory 3-1.

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