Women’s soccer team posts its most wins in a season


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Madison College women’s soccer player Arianna Viscarra, right, attempts to slip past a defender during a recent match. Viscarra was one of three all-region selections from this year’s 9-8 women’s soccer team.

Bailey Ayres, Sports Editor

Although the team posted the most wins in program history, the end of the season had a familiar feel for the Madison College women’s soccer team.

Madison College lost to the College of DuPage, 2-0, in the NJCAA Region IV Division III semifinals on Oct. 27.

It was the third time the WolfPack lost to the fifth-ranked Chaparrals this season and the third straight time the team’s season came to an end in the regional semifinals.

Madison College finished the year 9-8 overall and 5-7 in conference play. The nine wins was the most in a single season in the team’s three-year history.

“We had a lot of situations thrown at us, and we always did our best to make sure we kept doing our best and winning,” said freshmen defenseman Zoey Gurney. “We all came together really well this season. The team flowed really well and we really enjoyed each other’s company on and off the field.”

DuPage (17-6-3) won the North Central Community College Conference and shut out Madison College in all three games the two teams played this season.

The semifinal game was dominated by DuPage, which too 16 shots compared to three for Madison College.

WolfPack goalie Brandie Gospodarek made 10 saves in the game, but allowed two first-half goals. Gospodarek set a school save percentage record this season at .889.

Lindsay Kramer, who led Madison College with 15 goals this season, was held without shot in the game. Likewise, Arianna Viscarra, who scored 11 goals this season, was limited to two shots.

Madison College earned a berth in the semifinal game by beating Triton College, 2-0, on Oct. 18. Breanne Kreklow and Katie Travis both scored goals for the WolfPack, while Gospodarek made eight saves to preserve the win.

“I believe next season we can go to nationals and win it all if we have the same amount of dedicated and hard working individuals as we did this year,” Gurney said, looking forward in the future.

Four Madison College players earned all-region honors. Brandie Gospodarek and Katie Travis were named to the first team, while Lindsey Kraemer and Arianna Viscarra were named second team.