Record: 8-5-1 Home: 3-3 Away: 5-2-1 Heart: 4-4-1
Riley Ludwig managed 14 saves to preserve the win
Riley Ludwig managed 14 saves to preserve the win
(RV)MidAmerica Nazarene
William Penn
Women's Soccer - Sat, Sep. 30, 2017

Oskaloosa--The Statesmen women's soccer team produced a season-defining win by knocking off MidAmerica Nazarene 2-1 in Heart of America Athletic Conference action Saturday.

WPU (5-4, 2-3 Heart) fought toe-to-toe with the Pioneers through the first 45 minutes, being outshot just 8-7.

Mariah Voight (Jr., La Mesa, Calif., Sociology/Psychology) helped the hosts get on the board first by launching a free kick into the box.  The ball bounced off the crossbar and then rattled around in front of the goal before Raunice Butler (Jr., Nassau, Bahamas, Physical Education) put it into the netting to give the home team a 1-0 edge in the 17th minute.

The Pioneers (4-4-1, 2-1-1 Heart), who are unofficially 30th in the NAIA and coming off a trip to nationals last fall, answered three minutes later on a penalty kick to tie the game.

The flurry of goals concluded at the 23:54 mark when Butler was fouled in the box, resulting in WPU's own penalty kick opportunity.  Butler pushed her shot past the MNU keeper for the eventual game-winner; she now has seven tallies this year.  The junior had six of her team's 11 shots.

MidAmerica Nazarene owned much of the possession in the second period and outshot William Penn 20-4 during the latter 45 minutes of play, but the Statesmen defense rose up and stopped every single chance to preserve the victory.

Riley Ludwig (Jr., Big Bear City, Calif., Psychology) was forced to leave her feet on a few occasions, finishing the win with 14 saves and giving her 32 over her last two outings.

"This was a fantastic win for our ladies and one of the best ones in recent history," Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said.  "We executed our game plan to perfection and fully deserved the win.  Everyone played a vital role tonight.  This win shows we can compete with anyone.  We are so thankful for the great crowd support as well."

Next Up: William Penn remains to Oskaloosa next Wednesday to host Graceland in Heart action at 5 p.m.