OTTAWA, Kan. – Midland University women’s soccer came away with an important and impressive win on Saturday afternoon as they defeated No. 14-ranked Ottawa University, 3-1. The Warriors have now won three straight and will turn their attention to conference play. The Braves suffer their first loss of the season and now hold a 3-1 record.
Midland controlled the first half of play on Ottawa’s home turf as both teams battled each other and the rain. The turf proved to be slick at time but the Warriors still outshot the Braves 12-6 in the opening half. PT Perez scored in the 30th minute off a pass from Nayeli Rodriguez for a 1-0 lead at intermission.
After the break it was the home team that came out firing. In the first 15 minutes alone, the Braves had nearly evened the shot count with six shots to Midland’s two. One of those attempts found the back of the net to even the score at 1-1 in the 54th minute.
After back and forth play for the next 20 minutes it as Midland who broke the tie when Perez scored on a penalty kick in the 76th minute. Rodriguez would put the Braves away for good moments later as she scored a goal of her own in the 79th minute. Brittany Llanes assisted on the goal.
“Our backline was solid all game with the exception of their goal,” head coach Greg Jarosik said. “We matched up well with their attack and limited their looks, which was our goal going in. Hannah’s play in the middle was solid. She kept the team organized.”
“Offensivley, Nayeli’s play was key to our attack. She was able to cause havoc on their defense which led to good looks for her and her teammates. Overall it was a great team win on the road against a ranked team. We’ll now look to build on this as we head into GPAC play.”
Midland (3-1, 0-0 GPAC) will open up conference play next Sunday, September 16 when they host Presentation (0-3-1, 0-1-1 GPAC) at Heedum Field in Fremont, Nebraska.