Western Michigan University’s women’s soccer team headed to Indiana to take on Valparaiso riding a four game winning streak. Meanwhile, Valparaiso was returning home after losing in Iowa 3-1 and holding a modest 2-2-1 record according to their school athletic site. By the time the dust settled, Valparaiso had ended the Broncos winning streak and sent them home with a 2-0 defeat, according to the WMU athletic website.
Despite having the majority of offensive opportunities in the first half, the Broncos were unable to score on any of their six shots, in large part due to four first half saves from Valparaiso keeper, Kristen Manski. While Valparaiso didn’t generate much offense statistically, registering only two shots in the half, they scored the game’s first goal when Tara Ellis knocked home a free kick from 20 yards out. It was her first of the season and it came near the end of the first half.
In the second half, Valparaiso struck again early as they scored in the 59th minute. This time the goal was scored on a rebound by Luisa Desario, her third of the season. The Broncos plugged away and got off eight more shots, but they were unable to come up with a goal.
The second half of the game was a physical affair, highlighted by nine second half fouls committed by Valparaiso and a yellow card being assessed to a Valparaiso forward near the end of the game.
Highlight performers for the Broncos included sophomore forwards Aubrey Sudomier and Diana Dedvukaj who combined for eight shots and put three of them on goal. Junior goalie Michelle Watson recorded two saves and took the loss for the Broncos.
The next game for the women’s soccer team will be Sunday, Sept.9 when they play a home game against Loyola Chicago. Loyola comes in at 2-4, fresh off of a double-overtime victory over Yale at home, according to their school athletic site. The game will get underway at 3 p.m.