Smalley, Senn Help Milwaukee Win Exhibition Opener
Aug. 12, 2014
MILWAUKEE - Anna Smalley and Sydney Senn each scored in their first action in a Panther jersey as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team scored twice in the second half to complete the comeback against Drake University, 2-1, Tuesday evening from Engelmann Stadium.
A total of 24 players saw the field for Milwaukee's first exhibition of the year, including all nine of the Panthers' incoming freshman class.
"The first exhibition looked fantastic," Milwaukee head coach Greg Henschel said. "We got our legs out there and ran around a little bit. We had a lot of players that had an opportunity to play tonight and that's what we wanted.
"It was good to see everyone get out there. Our returners did a nice job in the early part of that match and we're happy with the result, of course."
Coming out of the locker room down 1-0, UWM showed great resiliency with two quality second-half goals.
The first came in the 54th minute when freshman Aubrey Krahn broke behind the defense and into the box. A diving Drake keeper came off her line but couldn't beat Krahn to the ball, who calmly slotted it to a wide open Smalley for an easy finish far post to knot the game up at 1-1.
Just over 15 minutes later, Milwaukee struck again.
Sophomore Maria Stephans carried the ball down the left side before sending a perfect ball into the box where Senn was waiting. The freshman from Stillwater, Minn. headed the service into the back of the net to give UWM the lead and the win.
Drake made a late push in the game's closing minutes, but solid defensive action by Milwaukee's back line and aggressive work by freshman keeper Emily Senger kept the Bulldog attack at bay to secure the victory.
"I think we could have probably finished off a few more opportunities, but I think we saw some preseason legs out there tonight and we're okay with that," Henschel said. "It's a good challenge and part of the process with us. The spots we put ourselves in tonight, despite those preseason legs, were very positive and I think we can finish off some of those moments more efficiently going forward this year."
Drake scored its lone goal of the game in the 25th minute when Rebecca Rodgers snuck behind the defense on a long ball by Tori Flynn and finished a long run with a shot that just found the back of the net.
Milwaukee will wrap up its exhibition season with its alumni match this Saturday at Engelmann Stadium before heading to Madison, Wis. for the season opener Aug. 22 against Tennessee.