Women’s soccer team falls in playoffs

Clarion staff report

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A 3-0 loss to the College of DuPage in the NJCAA Regional IV semifinals on Oct. 25 brought Madison College’s inaugural women’s soccer season to an end.

Despite the loss in their first ever tournament game, it was a successful first season for the WolfPack.

Madison College finished with a 5-7-2 overall record, despite playing teams with much more collegiate experience than they had. The WolfPack was rarely blown out, losing only twice by more than three goals.

The College of DuPage provided a particularly tough challenge, beating the WolfPack all three times the teams met.

Madison College kept the Region IV semifinal game close thanks to the stellar play of goalie Stephanie Myszkowski.

She made a whopping 19 saves in the game, as the College of DuPage took 32 shots (22 on goal) compared to five for Madison College.

Angela Toritto scored two first half goals to give the College of DuPage an early lead, while Madison College struggled to get its offense going.

Finding offense wasn’t a problem for Madison College in the final game of the regular season. Madison College posted a 6-1 victory over Joliet Junior College on Oct. 22.

Surprisingly, none of the scoring came from Elizabeth Conejo, the team’s leading scorer with 15 goals throughout the season.

Instead, Tynia Goldensoph scored three goals to lead the team to victory. Linnea Walstead added a goal and two assists, while Kathleen Endress and Jamie Hess both also scored.

In its previous game, Madison College played to a 1-1 tie with Harper College on Oct. 17. Conejo scored late in the game to prevent the loss, finding the net in the 89th minute off an assist from Goldensoph.

In two overtime periods, neither team was able to score. Myszkowski had a strong performance in goal with 16 saves, giving her team a chance throughout the game.

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