Women’s Soccer

(Athena Geldbach)
(Athena Geldbach)
(Athena Geldbach)

Truman State’s women’s soccer team snagged more wins this weekend to increase their record to 10-2-1. The first of the two wins came against St. Joseph’s College with a score line of 3-1. With a noon kickoff Sunday the Bulldogs ended their home stand with their second victory against
Indianapolis with a 2-0 victory.

Friday’s match took place with a chilly temperature signifying the season is nearing the end and
post season is right around the corner. Continuing their strong performance from last weekend,
the Bulldogs were quick to get on the board with a goal scored by senior forward Melanie Hunt
just before the 10-minute mark with an assist from redshirt-freshman midfield Allison Lockett.
Hunt was able to get on the end of a centering pass to put the Bulldogs up one to zero. The senior
leadership continues to play a part in the success the ’Dogs are having this season.
“The senior class has and will continue to lead the team in the right direction throughout the rest
of the season,” says assistant coach Suzanne Pelley.

The onslaught of the powerful Truman offense continued as they notched a total of nine shots the
first half to a single shot earned by St. Joseph’s. Katie Mattingly received the start in goal and
handled the lone shot during the first half thanks to the defense put on by the Truman backline.

“It makes my job easier when I have a defense as talented as ours in front of me,” Mattingly
says.

St. Joseph’s posed more of an offensive threat to Truman during the second half. They were able
to generate a total of six shots with one finding the back of the net just past the 76-minute mark.
However, junior midfield Megan Frkovic quickly cushioned Truman’s lead to 3-1 just 23
seconds after the single St. Joeseph’s goal. As play continued the Bulldogs were able to hold
strong and earn their ninth win of the season.

A light drizzle fell on Bulldog Soccer Park Sunday afternoon as the ’Dogs played host to the
University of Indianapolis. Senior defender Tori Owens got on the end of a ball served in from
the right side by sophomore midfield Megan Whitehead. Scoring opened up during the 38th
minute and would remain 1-0 as the first half reached the end.

“As a team we trust each other to always being working hard to make things happen,” says
defensemen Sara Bommarito.

With a 1-0 lead entering the second half, the Bulldogs kept generating offense and tallied up
another 10 shots with five of them being put on goal. Whitehead kicked it up by the goalie right
at the 68-minute mark to increase the margin to a two-goal lead. Junior midfield Alexis Heffernan was found Whitehead for the easy tap in to the bottom left corner, which sealed the deal with the two-goal deficit.

The regular season consists of only five more games for the Bulldogs.

“Our backline has been strong all season but post season is especially challenging because there
is not much room for mistakes,” Bommarito says.

The Bulldogs will hit the road this week to take on University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis
University. They will face a tough opponent Friday — Wisconsin is undefeated with a record of
10-0-2. Sunday the ’Dogs will travel to Romeoville, Illinois to take on Lewis University who
seeks a record of 2-6-4.