WolfPack women’s soccer team holds conference lead


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Madison College women’s soccer player Anna Cappaert (23) kicks the ball away from an opponent during a recent match.

Bailey Ayres, Sports Editor

For the first time in WolfPack women’s soccer program history, Madison College is in first place in the conference at the midpoint of the season.

Madison College has a 5-1 record in the North Central Community College Conference (N4C) after its 1-1 tie with Rock Valley College on Sept. 22.

The WolfPack is currently unbeaten, standing at 6-0-1 on the season. The team leads Joliet Junior College and Harper College, both of which stand at 4-2 in conference play.

Coach Matthew Schwartz said his team’s 2-1 win against Joliet Junior College on Sept. 15 provided a boost in confidence for his players. Britt Schumann scored both goals in the win.

“This game was really big for the team,” Schwartz said. “They were trying to find their way, trying to find their confidence. It was a really tough opponent, and we had some relative easy games lately. I think it was good for them to go out and test themselves against a real difficult team.”

Team captain and midfielder Olivia Zaleski likes the way the team is playing.

“Our team really works together well, and when we are able to connect and finish passes, we are pretty unstoppable,” she said.

As much as the team enjoys being unbeaten, they know more challenges wait ahead – including a road game against Joliet.

“It feels good, but I don’t want it to go to their heads,” said Schwartz on being undefeated. “I think we are doing a great job, and every day (we are) getting better.”

“I think they are coming together. They are figuring it out,” said Schwartz on the team. “They are a new team so they are still trying to play with new players. But it is coming together.”

Even with the team coming together, they still need to work out some areas.

“Fitness is definitely an issue at this point. I think we need to work on combining in the midfield a little bit and our defense organization in the midfield as well,” said Schwartz.

Zaleski agrees with her coach. “I think at practice we need to start being more intense like we are in games. Just practice how we would play,” she said.

Madison College hosts Harper College on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. before playing back-to-back matches against the College of DuPage on Oct. 1 and Oct. 4.

Madison College 6, Triton College 1

Britt Schumann scored three goals to lead Madison College to an easy road win over Triton College on Sept. 18. Breanna Kreklow, Sydney Schulze and Jasmin Valdez each also scored in the game.

Madison College 11,  Milwaukee Area Technical College 0

Esther Noriega scored three times and Schumann added two goals as Madison College dominated Milwaukee Area Tech, 11-0, on Sept. 13. Madison College outshot Milwaukee, 28-6.