Pictured above: Sierra Paul, freshman midfielder, dibbles down the field to attack the oppositions goal. (Tessa Castor/ Staff Reporter)
On a brisk, windy Halloween night the Lady Builders (7-8-3, 4-4-3 KCAC) beat rival Friends Falcons (8-7-2, 6-4-1 KCAC) 1-0 in their regular season finale.
Southwestern finished in sixth place in the KCAC, and with the win over Friends it pushes Friends down from fourth place to fifth. The Lady Builders are set to play Kansas Wesleyan in the first round of the KCAC tournament.
“We played them (Kansas Wesleyan) in a pretty solid game last time,” Joe Wood, head women’s soccer coach, said. “I’m optimistic that we go there with the right motivation, and get a better result, hopefully.”
In the 13th minute, Sierra Paul, freshman midfielder, scored the lone goal of the game that propelled the Lady Builders to their fourth conference victory.
“This was a make it or break it game for us,” Paul explained. “If the other teams in conference won all their games it could’ve bumped us down to ninth (not qualifying) in the standings.”
Paul, along with Maria Munoz, senior midfielder, led the Lady Builders in shots with two apiece. Paul’s goal was assisted by Karrie McNutt, senior midfielder. Southwestern had only eight shots as a team compared to Friends’ 15. The defense showed a strong performance as they secured the shutout, led by Olyvia Bish, senior goalkeeper, with 9 saves.
“There is a lot of pressure and there is a lot of emotion in it, because you’ve committed so much into it leading into this moment,” McNutt said. “You just got to play with heart, and that’s what it came down to tonight, our team had bigger heart and had bigger fight.”
The Lady Builders will kick off the KCAC tournament in Salina, Kansas on Saturday at 7 pm.
Tanner Carlson is a senior majoring in communication. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org