Box Score Records
Upper Iowa (13-3, 11-2 NSIC) || Wayne State (1-14-1, 1-11-1 NSIC)
The Upper Iowa Women's Soccer team exploded for four goals in the first half of Sunday's matchup with Wayne State at home en route to a 5-0 victory in conference play. The win gives the Peacocks their second-straight weekend sweep in NSIC action and extends their win streak to five matches.
The Peacocks got on the board early and often starting with a goal from Madie Edwards
. In the 15th minute of action, Danielle Weiss
found Edwards with a cross from right to left in front of the net and the Crystal Lake, Illinois native finished it with her right foot to earn her eighth goal of the season.
Less than ten minutes later, UIU struck again. This time, it was Amanda Millard
– who was one of seven seniors being honored this weekend – finding the some open space and the back of the net. Her third goal of 2013 gave the Peacocks a 2-0 lead, but the offensive barrage by UIU didn't stop there.
Like clockwork, the Peacocks found the back of the net in ten-minute intervals.
In the 35th minute of action, Aimee Wronski
took a corner kick and, with the help of a strong breeze, she curved the ball into the net. The goal was her 13th of the season, which gives her the most goals in a single season since the Peacocks joined the Northern Sun Conference in 2006.
With time winding down in the first period, UIU found the back of the net once more. Wronski sent a through-ball to the right side of the box where Brianne Fenton
collected it and shot from 15 yards out. Her shot found the far post and nylon with just one second remaining in the half. It was Fenton's first collegiate goal and it gave her team all the momentum in the game heading into halftime.
With a 4-0 lead, the Peacocks were feeling strong and confident, but the second half presented some problems.
The Wildcats controlled the tempo of the game for the first ten minutes and outshot UIU in the second period, 9-6, but they just couldn't find the net.
In goal, Amanda Smith
made six saves and, with the help of her defense, earned her second shutout of the 2013 season.
Wronski added one more insurance goal in the 69th minute of action thanks to a lob pass from Trina Gallagher
. Wronski's 14th score of the season sealed the 5-0 UIU victory.
Stat of the Game
Since joining the Northern Sun Conference, no player has scored more goals in a single season for the Peacocks than Aimee Wronski
Head Coach Brian Diaz After the Game…
On the Win…
"It was a good weekend and I was happy that we went 2-0, but more importantly I thought we looked good offensively and our defense was solid. You can tell that by the 5-0 shutout. Wayne State presented some challenges in the second half, but we adjusted to it on the fly and preserved the shutout."
On Using 22 Players…
"No matter how many minutes each player had, what's most important is making the most of it. There were players who played more than their used to and there were players who played in new positions, but for the most part they put together a good performance."
On Aimee Wronski…
"She's just a force to be reckoned with – there are no if, ands or buts about it. We've seen it all year long, but the best part is that she's fit into our system perfectly. It's not her doing her own thing. It's everyone working together to create these opportunities. She's a great finisher, but she's truly a team player."
On the Midfielder's Offensive Performance…
"We've asked our midfielders to get higher up the field and get involved offensively. They've really done a good job with that. Nicole Poirier
got a goal yesterday, Madie Edwards
, Amanda Millard
and Brianne Fenton
all got one today. So we scored four goals this weekend thanks to the play of our center-mids."
On the Week Ahead…
"Obviously, next weekend is a big weekend for us. Anytime Mankato is on the schedule, it's going to be a big conference game, but we try to treat every game as a big game – they are all key. Every win is so important for us and that doesn't change on Friday. So we have to understand that we have two games left and we have to make the most of them."
The Peacocks will take on the NSIC's top-ranked team in Minnesota State in Mankato on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.