MEQUON, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – In a battle for sole possession of third place in the Northern Athletics Conference on the line, the Marian University women's soccer team couldn't curb the high-powered offense of Concordia University Wisconsin as the Falcons registered a 4-0 victory on their home turf, this afternoon, Oct. 17.
With both teams having already solidified a tournament berth, this afternoon's match allowed CUW to jump into the sole possession of third place with two conference games remaining in the regular season.
The Sabres struggled to produce many scoring opportunities, while the Falcons thrived on doing so to the tune of a 26-8 shot advantage with 15 of those shots landing on goal for the hosts. Three first half goals paced the Falcons, while a second half tally added insurance en route to the win.
Concordia Wisconsin improves to 12-4 overall, 8-2 in the NAC with the win, while Marian falls to 7-8 (7-3 NAC).
It didn't take long for the Falcons to crack the scoring column as Lauren Straehler gave her team the lead in the 12th minute on an assist from Emily Ciesielczyk.
In the 20th minute, CUW claimed a 2-0 advantage on Carley Pfannerstill's unassisted tally. Just 10 minutes later, Ciesielczyk gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead before halftime.
Pfannerstill got into the act again after the break with a goal in the 73rd minute to provide the final tally.
CUW keeper Samantha Anacker made three saves in leading her team to its 10th shutout win of the season. Meanwhile, Marian keeper Caitlyn Rosenberger stopped 10 shots and was responsible for allowing all four goals in just over 75 minutes of action. Junior Jordan Dykstra played out the final 15 minutes and made one save in her limited action.
Laura Maly was the lone Sabre to record more than one shot as she registered three. CUW's Pfannerstill and Straehler led the way with seven and eight shots, respectively.
The Sabres will hit the road this Saturday, Oct. 20, to take on NAC foe, Alverno College, in a 2 p.m. battle. It will be the regular season road finale prior to the Sabres returning home for their final two regular season contests against Maranatha and UW-La Crosse, Oct. 23-24.