After a slow start to the season, the women’s soccer team is finally making strides in the right direction. With a short-handed and injury plagued team, the Scarlet Hawks struggled to find momentum early in the season.
Heading into the Goshen College Tournament, the 0-3 Hawks were looking to turn their season around. With the previous games as learning experiences, the ladies showed their improvement by coming away as tournament finalists. Over the course of the weekend, the Hawks put out their best performances of the season. Kristen Barrett had the game-winning goal in a 1-0 decision over Rochester College to give the team their first win of the season. With high spirits and newfound energy the Hawks put the tournament hosts to the test. Despite tired legs and minimal subs, IIT was threatening on attack and fought to the last minute. Unfortunately the Maple Leafs of Goshen capitalized on their opportunities to take the tournament.
After a four-game road stretch the Hawks returned home to host Bethel College. Illinois Tech was strong on defense and generated some attack but was unable to put away their chances. Sophomore goalkeeper Roxanne Myers had an exceptional game with 12 saves to spark some energy and keep the Hawks in the competition. However, the pilots were finally able to find the back of the net and Illinois Tech fell to 1-5.
Regardless of their previous loss, the Hawks needed a quick turnaround to take on Alverno College. The rainy day’s sleek conditions didn’t stop them from achieving a convincing 3-0 win. Adrianna Maron led the attack with two goals and an assist, while freshman Anida Phetchanpheng added a goal to seal the win. The shutout leaves the Scarlet Hawks at 2-5 heading into conference play.
The new-faced Scarlet Hawks welcomed nine new freshmen as well as first year coach Ahmet Kose and assistant coach Jessica Carlson.