Aurora edges CUW women's soccer in first place battle
|Concordia University Wisconsin (9-3; 6-1 NAC)||0||1||1|
|Aurora University (11-0-1; 7-0 NAC)||0||3||3|
|2nd - 69:27||Bermudes, Nicci (Aurora University)|
|2nd - 79:09||Wolfe, Nicole (Aurora University)|
|2nd - 82:00||Klumpp, Brittany (Concordia University Wisconsin)|
|2nd - 85:29||Crohan, Kaitlyn (Aurora University)|
|Concordia University Wisconsin||Aurora University|
Brittany Klumpp - 1
Sh: Lauren Straehler - 3
Sv: Samantha Anacker - 6
3 Players (#3, #4, #9 - 1)
A: 3 Players (#3, #9, #13 - 1)
Sh: Wolfe, Nicole - 5
Sv: Liss, Amanda - 1
|TEAM STATISTICS||Concordia University Wisconsin||Aurora University|
|Shots (on goal)||9 (2)||19 (9)|
Aurora, Ill.- Aurora women's soccer program is close to unbeatable. The Spartans have lost just three NAC matches in the last six seasons, but they got a battle royal from CUW before posting a 3-1 win Saturday afternoon.
The Nationally-ranked Spartans had the better of first half stats, but the score remained 0-0 at the break.
Finally in the 70th minute Aurora forward Nicci Bermudes notched her eighth goal of the season, forcing the defensive-minded Falcons (who had not allowed a goal in conference play all season) into attack mode.
Ten minutes later Aurora was awarded a penalty kick and Nicole Wolfe's successful conversion made it 2-0.
Undaunted the Falcons answered that gift with a score by freshman Brittany Klumpp (Rubicon, Wis.) to cut the deficit in half.
With Ryan Middendorf's team putting extra players forward looking for a tying goal, Aurora's Kaitlyn Crohan got behind the Falcon defense for the score that put the game away.
The loss was the first in conference play for Concordia (6-1-0) while Aurora stands alone atop the NAC at 7-0-0.
CUW travels to Edgewood Wednesday for an important 7:00pm match. The Eagles are currently 5-1-0, just behind the Falcons, in the NAC standings.