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KWU Women’s Soccer Claims KCAC Title

KSAL Sports - November 7, 2013 5:52 am

The Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Soccer team captured its third straight KCAC Women’s Soccer Regular Season Championship with a 5-2 win over the Saint Mary Spires in the regular season finale on Tuesday night at Salina Stadium.

The Coyotes also extended their KCAC Regular Season unbeaten streak to 28 matches, going 27-0-1 during the streak.

All five of Wesleyan’s goals came in the first 33 minutes of the match after which Head Coach Blake Reynolds quickly turned to his bench to rest the starting players and get them out of the less than ideal weather conditions.

Mitzi Ibarra scored the first of her two goals in the tenth minute as she took a ball off a pass from the left side and got behind the defense and slid the ball beyond Saint Mary keeper Ellen Farris for the goal. Wesleyan then got a little help from Saint Mary on its second goal. The Coyotes crossed a ball into the box and a Saint Mary defender tried to save the ball from scoring but it hit the wrong side of her foot and deflected into the goal for an own goal in the 17th minute.

Less than two minutes later Roxy Gomez finished off a set piece on a corner kick from Crystal Sanchez to give the Coyotes a 3-0 lead. Ibarra scored her second of the match in the 30th minute off a pass from Sanchez to extend the Coyotes’ lead and Noemy Castro would cap the Wesleyan scoring barrage with a goal on another corner kick set piece from Sanchez.

The Coyotes would start their reserve players in the second half as they would cruise to the victory. Saint Mary did score goals in the 71st minute by Jennifer Nye when a Coyote defender slipped on the wet turf and gave the Spires the scoring opportunity and added another goal in the 89th minute.

Wesleyan outshot Saint Mary 15-5 in the match, including a 12-0 margin in the first 45 minutes. Ibarra led a balanced attack for the Coyotes with three shots, two of them for goals. Sanchez would hand out three assists in the match. Emily Tielrooy and Erin Kaprosy split time in goal as Kaprosy had three saves in the second half.

Next up for the Coyotes will be the KCAC Tournament Semifinals on November 15 at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka. The Coyotes will face the winner of Friday’s quarterfinal matchup between No. 4 seed Southwestern and No. 5 seed McPherson at 5 p.m. at Hummer Sports Park. The KCAC Tournament Championship is November 16 at 5 p.m. at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka with the Tournament Champion earning the KCAC’s automatic berth to the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round.