The Raider women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to rival Morningside Tuesday night in the GPAC quarter final round, ending their season.
Northwestern finished with a 9-7-2 overall record, tied for the second most single-season wins in the program’s history.
The Raiders were outshot by the Mustangs 25-16 and 12-9 on shots on goal. Sophomore forward Tyler Farr led the Raiders in shots with seven attempts and three shots on goal. Junior midfielder Alyssa Duren had three shots, with two of them on goal.
Junior goalkeeper Ariel Watts, who was voted GPAC Defensive Player of the Week last week, notched 11 saves throughout the game. The Mustangs scored their goal in the 58th minute in what could be classified as a defensive chess match.
“It was definitely a hard fought game, and we were all disappointed we did not come out on top,” Farr said. “But we definitely have to be proud of ourselves because we did a lot of great things as a team this year.”
This quarterfinal match marked the end of the four-year journey for senior defenders Linden Figgie and Breanne Schoby.
“The seniors really made a significant impact on our team for leadership and support as well as a lot of talent,” Farr said. “Linden and Breanne will really be missed.”
The Raiders return almost the entire roster next fall and expectations will be high for a club with veteran playoff experience.
“We have a strong foundation for years to come and we can really build on that for next season,” Farr said. “We are a very confident group and we want to continue to improve as a unit. I’m already looking forward to spring soccer.”