WPU Battles Hard Against Ranked Ravens

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

by Wade Steinlage

Oskaloosa–A truly impressive second half was not enough to overcome a sizeable deficit as the Statesmen women’s soccer team fell 3-1 to #9 Benedictine in Heart of America Athletic Conference play Saturday.

WPU (5-8-1, 1-7 Heart) faced a barrage of attempts early on, but survived all of them through the first 32 minutes. Unfortunately, in the 33rd minute, the navy and gold permitted the day’s first goal, and then less than three minutes later, the second goal found the netting.

The Ravens (12-1-2, 6-1-1 Heart) pushed the advantage to 3-0 in the 52nd minute, but the home squad was starting to show plenty of grit and determination. That effort continued the rest of the way; despite being outshot 23-13 overall, the Statesmen actually doubled up BC 10-5 in tries after the break.

Brittney Severson (Fr., Omaha, Neb., Biology) headlined that showing as she got William Penn on the board at the 73:37 mark, with the assist going to Ashley Broeker (Sr., Ankeny, Iowa, Exercise Science). Severson now has two goals this fall, while Broeker has a pair of helpers.

The margin could have been trimmed even more, but the Statesmen would have to settle for a respectable finish. Hayley Brothers (Fr., Bonner Springs, Kan., Exercise Science) tallied 10 saves in the loss.

“This was a good performance from our ladies, but unfortunately it was a tale of two halves,” Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said. “In the second half, we played the best we have played in conference this year and we could have scored a few goals at the end. This will give us good momentum for the end of the season”

Next Up: William Penn travels to Ankeny Tuesday to face Faith Baptist Bible in non-conference action at 2 p.m.

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