Women’s soccer team unbeaten, now ranked No. 2

Bailey Ayres, Sports Editor

The WolfPack women’s soccer team remains undefeated with a 9-0-1 record and is now ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA Division 3.

“I think we are playing really well right now,” said coach Matthew Schwartz.

There have been many team and individual accomplishments so far this season. One of them is that Britt Schumann now holds the top spot in the program’s single-season goals record with 16 goals as of Oct. 1.

But Schwartz wants his team to continue to push forward.

“We cannot get complacent,” Schwartz said. “There been moments where we have gotten complacent, and teams have punished us for it. That is what they are supposed to do. We are supposed to take care of our business. As long are we able to doing that, I think we are going to keep on going.”

Still, Schwartz sees some areas in which the team can continue to improve.

“We need to continue to communicate on the field and move the ball quickly. The quicker we move the ball the better we are,” Schwartz said.

During the Sept. 29 game against Harper College the WolfPack won, 3-1, with midfielder Peyton Trapino scoring the first goal and the game-winning goal, her fourth and fifth goals of the season. Goaltender Brandie Gospodarek made 15 saves during the game.

On Oct. 1, Madison College defeated the College of DuPage, 5-0. Trapino scored the first goal, her sixth of the season, which was assisted by Schumann. Schumann was a goal-scoring machine, netting four goals. Gospodarek made four saves.

Three days later, the WolfPack met the College of DePage again and won 3-1. Striker Tierra Sackett scored the first goal of the game, her third goal of the season, off an assist from her sister Tianna Sackett. Midfielder Esther Noriega scored the second goal, her eighth goal of the season. In addition to two assists, Tianna Sackett scored her first goal of the season. Gospodarek made four saves.

The next games are on Oct. 11 at Joliet Junior College and on Oct. 13 at home against Triton College.