Wildcats Soccer Falls On Road, Secures Eighth-Seed In Conference Tourney

Wildcats Soccer Falls On Road, Secures Eighth-Seed In Conference Tourney
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Wayne State College women’s soccer team had a chance to punch their ticket into the conference tourney with a win on the road Friday night instead they got some help with a Winona State loss.

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Augustana University entertained the ‘Cats.

Augie used two first half goals in the 18th and 34th minutes to lead 2-0. Neither team scored in the second half where the Vikings held on for the 2-0 win to now sit 14-3-1 (12-2-1 NSIC) as Wayne State fell to 6-8-4 (6-7-2 NSIC).

WSC then needed Winona State to lose and Upper Iowa scored in overtime against the Warriors to win 1-0 which allowed Wayne State to secure the eighth-seed of the 2019 NSIC Soccer Tournament. This marks the first time since 2006 that the Wildcats have played in the conference tourney.

Rylie Wehner placed all five of her shots on goal to lead Wayne State on the pitch. Megan Phillips added one of two shots on goal; Abby Sutton attempted three shots as Sophia Ketchmark and Payton Haliburton both recorded a shot.

Rachel Grisham finished with eight saves but allowed two goals in 90 minutes.

Augustana outshot Wayne State 23-12 (10-6 on goal) while recording four corner kicks compared to three by WSC.

Wayne State College earns the #8 seed and will next face #1 Concordia-St. Paul on Wednesday, November 13 at 3 p.m. in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Golden Bears edged WSC 1-0 on November 1 in St. Paul.

Other November 13 matches will feature #2 Augustana vs. #7 Southwest Minnesota State; #3 Minnesota State-Mankato vs. #6 University of Mary and #4 Bemidji State vs. #5 St. Cloud State.