UWM Falls In League Championship, 1-0
Nov. 7, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team surrendered a goal late in the first half, and could not recover, falling to the University of Detroit Mercy, 1-0, in the championship game of the 2004 Horizon League Tournament Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.
"That's soccer," head coach Michael Moynihan said. "No matter how much better you are than the other team, they can just eak it out."
Despite dominating the first half of action on paper, the Panthers headed into halftime, trailing 1-0. Allison Epple beat UWM keeper senior Kerri St. Aubin to the near post with a head from Mandi Jasky on a Titan corner kick. The goal came in the 43rd minute.
Milwaukee outshot Detroit in the first half 12-4 and held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks, while generating a couple key opportunites. In the 17th minute, freshman Elizabeth McNally and sophomore Stacey Faude had consecutive shots blocked by the UDM defense in the penalty area. Five minutes later, McNally beat Titan keeper Alisson Dube to a Katie Campion pass, but had her shot cleared off the line by a defender.
"It just comes down to finishing our chances and we just didn't," Moynihan said. "This was one of the most lopsided games we've played all year. It's not about the statistics, though, it's about the score at the end."
The score remained the same throughout the second half, as the Panthers were aggressive on the attack, but were unable to put a ball in the goal. In addition to a late offsides call that waved off a potential equalizer, junior Andrea Kramer narrowly missed knotting the game with a shot that hit the cross bar and bounced on the goal line before being collected by Dube.
For the match, Milwaukee ruled the statsheet, garnering a 22-6 shot advantage and an 8-2 lead in corner kicks. St. Aubin made three saves for UWM, while Dube stopped five Milwaukee shots.
"I thought we would win by more than (1-0)," Moynihan said when asked if it was fitting for a 1-0 game between the top-seeded teams in the league championship. "I felt confident. Our team had plans on going to the NCAA Tournament."
McNally and St. Aubin were named to the Horizon League All-Tournament team, being joined on the squad by junior Elizabeth Chudy.
With the loss, the Panthers fall to 11-8-3 on the season. The game marked the final collegiate match for Milwaukee's four-person senior class, Brenda Andrews, Sara Lewis, Melissa Ricter and St. Aubin.