Kangaroos’ women’s soccer lost a heartbreaker to Utah Valley in the Western Athletic Conference tournament semifinal match. The 2-0 loss ended their season, the winningest in school history. The Kangaroos finished with an overall record of 14-6-1.
After surrendering a goal five minutes into the second half, the Roos pressed the action and had multiple shots on goal that missed narrowly. A Wolverine goal in the 72nd minute sealed the Kangaroos fate.
Heading into the tournament, the Kangaroos had won five in a row, including an 8-0 blowout against Chicago State. They won their first game in the WAC conference tourney to extend their winning streak to six games.
In that match, they defeated UTRGV 3-0 as freshman Anna Lillig recorded her fifth solo shutout and two freshman scored all 3 goals. Lexie Howard found two passes from her teammate Kelsey Mothershead to score goals in the 22nd and 58th minutes. Carly Janike scored the first goal of her career off another well-placed corner kick from Reighan Childers in the 48th minute.
Janike, who had almost headed a ball home earlier in the game, couldn’t stop smiling with her teammates after scoring for the first time.
“It felt great to get my first career goal,” Janike said. “Sydni [Young] and I were talking about it at halftime after I nearly had a header goal in the first half, and she said ‘I think you’re going to get one,’ and then to go out and actually do it was awesome, I turned to her and started laughing after it went in.”
Head coach Chris Cissell was very pleased with his freshmen.
“I thought our freshmen really came up big tonight for us,” Cissell said. “We had been waiting all week to finally get out here and play and we stepped up and competed. We know we have a tough task ahead of us, but I know our team is up to the challenge.”
Unfortunately, a six game winning streak and all the momentum was not enough to down the Wolverines.