Gusties Suffer First Loss of the Year, 1-0 Posted on September 11th, 2022 by


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — The Gustavus women’s soccer team entered Sunday’s non-conference competition against UW-Eau Claire still undefeated on the 2022 season, with two of three wins coming in comeback fashion.

Each time they had fallen behind by a goal, the Gusties were able to recover with a goal of their own. Unfortunately, that comeback streak had to end at some point, as the Blugolds dealt the Gusties their first loss of the season, 1-0.

The Gusties were given a chance to take the lead early, as Kirsten Poppen (So., Verona) was awarded a penalty kick just 13 minutes into the first half. Poppen’s shot would sail left of the goal, and UW-Eau Claire’s defense would stifle the Gusties for the remainder of the game.

“Soccer is an unforgiving sport at times and we saw that today,” said Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “We played an exceptional first half, hit two posts and a crossbar throughout the game and impressed with our high press and movement off the ball. We are proud of the team and, despite the score line, made great adjustments and improvident from Friday.”

After managing just one shot attempt in the game’s first 50 minutes, the Blugolds were able to put one past Claire Hemstock (Jr., North Mankato) in the final 20 minutes of regulation, as Amanda Iverson netted her first of the season off of an assist from Megan Hansen.

While the Gusties held the shot advantage, 9-3, UW-Eau Claire goalkeeper Kennedy Boll was flawless between the pipes, posting a two-save shutout.

“We walked away from today with confidence in ourselves and know the potential this group has. We are excited to start conference play on Wednesday.”

The Gusties (3-1-1 overall) return to MIAC action on Wednesday, hosting their first conference game of the season for a 4 p.m. showdown against St. Scholastica.


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