The Wayne State College women’s soccer team is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2001 season as the Wildcats concluded a three-game, four-day road trip Wednesday evening with a 2-0 shutout win at in-state rival Nebraska-Kearney. The Wildcats improve to 3-0 on the year while the host Lopers drop to 0-2-1.
“The credit goes to our girls for fighting through fatigue and different lineups on this long road trip,” remarked WSC head coach Bruce Erickson. “We got contributions from everyone which was key in winning.”
The Wildcats opened the scoring midway through the first half when sophomore forward Samantha Phillips scored her second goal of the season on a shot from the far right corner to put WSC in front 1-0.
WSC added an insurance goal in the 75th minute when sophomore forward Carys Hund produced her second goal of the season on a header from eight yards in front of the goal for a 2-0 Wildcat advantage.
UNK held a 14-9 advantage in shots while both teams notched eight shots on goal. Both teams had 12 fouls with UNK enjoying a 5-2 edge on corner kicks.
Phillips and Hund led WSC offensively with goals on two shots each while Kelsey Engstrom also registered two shots in the contest. Sophie Ketchmark, Natalie Rechand Valerie Hernandez also had shots for WSC.
Senior goalkeeper Kylie Comba improved to 3-0 on the season by registering her first shutout of the year, credited with eight saves.
Wayne State will play its first home match of the season Friday afternoon hosting Augustana University in the NSIC opener in a 5 p.m. contest at the WSC Soccer Pitch.