FREMONT, Neb. – No. 12 Midland University put on a dominant showing in front of their home crowd on Wednesday night as they easily defeated Ottawa by a score of 5-1. The Warriors wrap up their non-conference play with their third win in a row and are now 3-1-1 on the year.
Senior Nayeli Rodriguez scored twice to bring her season total to six to pace the Warriors. Her first came in the 14th minute of action and second was in the 60th. Rodriguez, Midland’s all-time leading goal scorer, is on pace to set the school record at a nearly unattainable record.
Fellow senior Elena ‘PT’ Perez, the second leading scored in school history, scored her first goal of the year in the 28th minutes off of cross pass from Rodriguez.
Journee McDowell and Bailey Locano added the final two goals to the Midland line. McDowell scored off a Delaney Kress pass in the 39th minute for her first collegiate goal. Locano’s goal in the 81st was unassisted.
The Warriors would have recorded their second shutout of the season had it not been for a questionable hand-ball call at the edge of the box in the 84th minute of play. A late whistle after a throw in near the edge of the box resulted in a penalty kick for the Braves. Rachel Thigpen, the Midland goalkeeper, guessed the right direction but the power and placement of the kick allowed it to trickle in after a diving attempt.
Midland’s dominance, other than the 5-1 score, was also evident in the shot discrepancy. They outshot Ottawa by a count of 21-5.
Next up on the slate for Midland (3-1-1) is the start of Great Plains Athletic Conference play. They’ll travel to Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday, September 21st for a match with Briar Cliff. First kick is set for 1:00 p.m. on Faber Field.