Women’s soccer completes strong spring

By: Isabel Smith ~Staff Writer~

The Xavier women’s soccer team capped off its spring season with 50-minute matches against the Wright State Raiders and the Capital University Crusaders. The Musketeers picked up wins against Capital and a tie against Wright State. The competition rounded off the short spring season to leave the Muskies with a 4-1-2 record.

Sophomore forward Ellie Eckerle slides to kick the ball in a game against the Butler Bulldogs last fall.

There were a couple of decisive victories throughout the season, including a 4-1 win over Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Colonels and the concluding game against Capital with an impressive 5-0 triumph. The spring season began in late February with an exhibition hosted by Ohio State University. Xavier played in quick 45-minute games against Cleveland State and the Buckeyes. The Musketeers beat Cleveland State with a single goal by Addie Englehart, who transferred to Xavier following her 2014 season with Wright State. Xavier went up against Ohio State next, but dropped the game 2-0.

The Musketeers returned to the Xavier Soccer Complex a month later to compete against EKU who came to Xavier following a 3-0 win the week prior. Xavier found a 4-1 victory with goals by freshman Kenadie Carlson, sophomore Tori Doss, sophomore Maddy John and junior Erin McGauley. The Musketeers made a quick turnaround and faced off against Northern Kentucky University the following day. The matchup resulted in a 1-1 tie with the Norse, with the single goal assisted by junior Maria Libertin and completed by junior Catherine Allon. Xavier returned to action on April 11 against the University of Indianapolis.

The match-up provided action late in play, with the only goals of the game coming from Xavier’s Allon and freshman Cass Nieman in the final 20 minutes. The final matches of the season took place this past weekend against the Crusaders and Raiders. The Wright State competition resulted in a 0-0 tie, but the following game against the 2013 Division III National Runner Up Capital University found Xavier with a notable 5-0 triumph. Doss led the scorers with three goals, while Carlson and McGauley each had one.

The Crusader matchup helped Xavier to surpass its fall season in number of goals. This past weekend’s games not only conclude spring play for the Musketeers, but also provide the success necessary to boost Xavier into the nearing fall season.