Record: 8-5-1 Home: 3-3 Away: 5-2-1 Heart: 4-4-1
Goalkeeper Riley Ludwig recorded a rare assist Wednesday
Goalkeeper Riley Ludwig recorded a rare assist Wednesday
William Penn
Women's Soccer - Wed, Oct. 4, 2017

Oskaloosa--An under-manned William Penn women's soccer team gave a great effort Wednesday, but came up a bit short in a 3-1 Heart of America Athletic Conference loss to Graceland.

WPU (5-5, 2-4 Heart) was outshot 26-4, but battled throughout against the Yellowjackets (8-2-1, 4-2 Heart).

Reigning Heart Players of the Week Raunice Butler (Jr., Nassau, Bahamas, Physical Education) and Riley Ludwig (Jr., Big Bear City, Calif., Psychology) hooked up to give the hosts the early lead.  Ludwig has proven all season to have a big leg and she launched a goal kick past the center line.

Butler collected it and dribbled straight ahead unmolested for about 20 yards before firing a long shot that beat the GU keeper for the 1-0 advantage at the 15:06 mark.  Butler's goal is her team-best eighth of 2017, while Ludwig's assist is her first.

Unfortunately, the navy and gold, who were without the services of several starters, could not keep the edge going into halftime as Graceland scored with just less than five minutes to go until the break.  The visitors then took control of the contest in the second period with two additional scores in the 66th and 76th minutes.

"The ladies played with a lot of heart tonight and can take pride from the effort they gave," Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said.  "We lack quality at times, but can certainly take some positives from this game.  It was good to see some additional members of our team get serious minutes.  We look to get a good result Saturday."

Next Up: William Penn travels to Kansas City, Mo. Saturday to face Avila in Heart action at 1 p.m.