Wheaton women's soccer clinch CCIW Title with 5-1 win over Millikin
Decatur, Ill. - The Wheaton College women's soccer team earned its 15th CCIW Championship with 5-1 win over Millikin University on Saturday.
The No. 7-ranked Thunder improve to 17-1-1 overall and finished 6-1 in the CCIW. The Big Blue finish its season at 7-8-1 and 1-6 in conference.
Wheaton will be the No. 1 seed in next week's CCIW Tournament , which will determine the conference's automatic qualifier to NCAA Nationals. The Thunder will host No. 4-seed Augustana College on Wednesday night.
Freshman forward Anna Seabolt netted her first collegiate hat trick. She now has eight goals on the season, including seven goals in her last seven games. Seabolt started out the game by scoring unassisted only 2:38 into the match. She scored again at 34:42 off an assist from Sarah Guidera.
Up 2-0 at halftime, the Thunder added to its lead right away in the second half, with junior midfielder Keri Shannon scoring off a corner kick from senior midfielder Katelyn Kishkunas at 46:44. Nine minutes later, Kishkunas assisted another goal off her corner kick with the score by junior midfielder Val Lelle. Seabolt finished off Wheaton's scoring only 19 seconds after Lelle's goal, with an assist to senior defender Kaitlyn Le Baudour.
Millikin got on the board in the 86th minute on a goal by Nikky Smith.
For the game, Wheaton owend a 17-5 advantage in shots and a 6-0 margin in corner kicks. Goalie Kaitlyn Graham and Hilary Barreto split time in goal, combining for one save.