Panthers Roll Into Semifinals With 4-1 Win
Nov. 4, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Four different Panthers scored to lead the top-seeded University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team to a 4-1 victory over No. 8 Cleveland State University in the opening game of the Horizon League Tournament on a slippery Thursday afternoon at Kuntz Stadium. With the win, UWM heads into the semifinals against No. 4 Loyola University on Friday at 11:30 a.m. EST.
"It wasn't the prettiest game for us," head coach Michael Moynihan said, "but we did what we needed to get done. And we were able to score some pretty goals. The one by (Sara Lewis) and Liz Chudy's goal were nice."
Junior Andrea Kramer got the Panthers on the board in the 15th minute, knocking home her fifth goal of the season from eight yards out. Freshman Pam Shipway began the scoring play, sending a pass towards the net. Junior Elizabeth Chudy re-directed the ball to Kramer, who beat the Viking keeper, Ashley Kidwell.
Chudy put UWM up by two early in the second half. Senior Sara Lewis brought the ball down the near side and sent a cross into the box where Chudy was to head the ball into the goal, near post, in the 48th minute.
The Vikings came right back and pulled within one at 2-1 just 27 seconds later. Heather Clapacs scored on a lofting shot from outside the penalty area.
"You have to give Cleveland State credit," Moynihan said. "Down 2-0, they battled back and put pressure on us. It's just a credit to the amount of heart and spirit they have."
Lewis extended the Panthers' lead back to two in the 58th minute. The senior forward took control of a low, CSU goal kick just outside the penalty area. She took one touch and drilled a shot just under the cross bar for the score.
Freshman Elizabeth McNally made it 4-1 in the 87th minute on an unusual goal. After having her initial shot blocked by the keeper amid a pair of Viking defenders, McNally was able to head her rebound into the goal from her knees just inside the six-yard box.
Milwaukee gained significant edges in both shots and cornerkicks for the game. After leading in both categories at the half, the Panthers attempted 19 shots and drew seven corner kicks to finish with a 28-7 margin in shots and 10-1 advantage in corner kicks for the match.
"It took us a while to get used to the (wet) conditions," Moynihan said. "As the game went on, (as the stats show) we were able to get more assertive."
Senior Kerri St. Aubin made a pair of stops to pick up the win, the school-record 35th of her career. Her win total breaks a tie she was in with goalkeeper coach Kathy Hoverman. Kidwell made four saves of her own on the day.
UWM advances to the semifinals on Friday (Nov. 5) against No. 4 Loyola, which knocked off No. 5 Wright State University, 1-0, in overtime. Kick off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., local time, as the league tournament moves to Varsity Field on the Butler University campus.