Tough Opener for CUW Women
UW-Whitewater proved that speed does kill by racing past the Falcons for a 5-0 triumph in the non conference opener for both teams Tuesday afternoon. The opportunistic Warhawks put just a dozen shots on goal but finished five of them as their athletic attackers continually beat CUW to the ball in the attacking end.
Whitewater got goals from Becky Cera and Emily Gerber in the first 22 minutes before Concordia became accustomed to the speed of the match.
From that point on, Ryan Middendorf's team actually controlled first half action. CUW missed an open net on one occasion, hit the post on another, and was frustrated by a late defensive clear after it appeared a shot might have crossed the goal line just before halftime. The second 40 minutes was all UW- Whitewater. "Rachel Kleba played well defensively and Lauren Straehler came off the bench to provide spark", according to Middendorf. "This was as tough as it gets for an early season test. We played well at times and should learn some things from playing a team like UW-Whitewater."