Wheaton tops UW-Whitewater in Women's Soccer Sectional Final
Wheaton, Ill. – The Wheaton College women's soccer was a 4-1 winner against UW-Whitewater on Friday night in a Sectional Semifinal contest of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.
Wheaton advances to host the Sectional Final on Saturday night at 5 PM at Joe Bean Stadium. The Thunder will face the winner of Friday's other Sectional Semifinal between Washington University-St. Louis and College of St. Benedict. The winner on Saturday will participate in a NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Semifinal on December 2 in San Antonio, Texas.
Wheaton freshman Anna Seabolt gave the Thunder a 1-0 lead when she netted a goal, just 18:56 into the match. A Katelyn Kishkunas cross was headed by senior Jaime Orewiler to Seabolt who headed the ball in past Warhawks' goalkeeper Jordan Myers who came out of the net on Orewiler's header. Wheaton increased its lead to 2-0 at the 29:04 mark of the match Orewiler settled the ball on a cross and blasted it in from six yards out. Her goal was assisted by Val Lelle and Sarah Guidera. Wheaton held a 3-0 lead at halftime as Seabolt netted her 12th goal of the year at the 37:19 mark of the match. Wheaton moved the ball down field and a pass from Keri Shannon on the right side came to Seabolt who slipped the ball past Myers.
Wheaton increased its lead to 4-0 at the 54:26 mark of the match when Seabolt got behind the Warhawks' defense and sent a pass from the left side of the 18-yard box to Ali Kopelman, who put it into the net from 15 yards out. UW-Whitewater reached the scoreboard at the 56:56 mark of the match when Jessica Allemang put the ball into the net on an assist from Emily Gerber.
The Warhawks out-shot the Thunder 11-10, with a 7-6 edge in corner kicks for UW-Whitewater. Wheaton freshman Kelsey Graham started the match for the Thunder, making two saves with no goals allowed in 57 minutes. Hilary Barreto made two saves and allowed one goal in working the final 33 minutes of the match for the hosts. Myers allowed four goals and made three saves in the Warhawks' net.