Women’s soccer team drops two against Warhawks, Blugolds

Julian Robertson, Staff Reporter

It was a tough week for the Pioneer women’s soccer team.

The team suffered a hard-fought loss in their Oct. 3 matchup against University of Wisconsin-Whitewater  2-0 and fell Oct. 6 to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1-0, bringing their record to 2-9, 0-5 WIAC.

“We’ve had a rough September but the girls have remained positive for the most part, which is tough to do; I’m so proud of them for that,” said head coach Allison Sanyi-Stringer.

Freshman Julie Divita, who normally plays forward, played goalkeeper in both games. Despite the inexperience in the net, Divita came up with multiple crucial saves for the Pioneers.

“I’m usually in the field but Coach put me in as goalie and my mentality was ultimately save the ball,” Divita said.

Senior forward Anna Strasser said, “Our key goals were to win 50/50 ball possessions, and be very aggressive because we knew how physical Whitewater was.”

Throughout the game, the Pioneers played as well as UW-Whitewater; however the Warhawks dominated the time of possession and the Pioneers missed two goal attempts late in the second half.

It was the same against the Blugolds. The Pioneers were unable to keep offensive possessions going and despite a strong defensive effort, a UW-Eau Claire goal with 22 minutes left in the match was the deciding factor.

The women’s team will play at Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium on Oct. 13 against University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 1:00 p.m.