WolfPack now winning on defense

Women’s soccer team now posting wins in low-scoring games


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Madison College goalie Kelly Kubrick makes a save during a recent match. Kubrick has tied a school record with 12 career shutouts.

Andrew Kicmol, Editor Emeritus

During the early part of the season, the Madison College women’s soccer team was blowing out its opponents. The middle part of the season has seen close margin wins.

The WolfPack now have four games won by a single goal, out numbering their early season blowouts.

The WolfPack boasts a 7-1-1 record and a 6-1-0 conference record, that puts them at the top of the conference.

The goaltending has remained strong as sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Kubicek has only given up six goals on the year and boasts a 0.63 goals against average. She has started every game this year and played every minute.

Madison College rebounded from its first loss of the season by beating the College of Dupage, 1-0, on Sept. 14. It was Kubiceck’s third shutout of the season and 11th of her career.

The game was scoreless until late, when  a corner kick by sophomore Anna Cappaert led to an opportunity by fellow sophomore Jenna Kohrt. Alone in front of the net she didn’t miss, and put the WolfPack up by a goal, which was all that was needed for the victory.

Next up was a road game against Rock Valley College in Illinois, on Sept. 18. The 2-1 win came courtesy of freshman Mackenzie Bielecki, who scored the first goal of her career assisted by Cappaert.

Rock Valley would score first at the seven minute mark of the game after peppering Kubicek with four shots. The ‘Pack keeper would keep her cool and not allow anymore goals, making eight saves the rest of the game.

The second half would be all WolfPack as they scored two goals in the span of a couple of minutes. First was Cappaert, followed up by Bielecki’s header to give the ‘Pack the lead, that they wouldn’t give back. The team was outshot 18-5 and 10-5 in shots on net, but all five of the WolfPack’s shots were on net.

The next game on Sept. 20 against Elgin Community College would be the WolfPack’s first tie of the year with a 1-1 score. The ‘Pack scored late in the first half with a goal just under the cross bar by sophomore Lillian Glackin, after she intercepted a pass. The goal is her first of the year.

But the lead wouldn’t last as Elgin would get a ball past Kubicek in the second half. The ‘Pack was again out shot 21-14 and 12-8 in shots on net.

The WolfPack earned their sixth win on the year on Sept. 22, with a 2-1 victory against Illinois Valley Community College. Bielicki scored her second game winner of the season.

Kohrt got the scoring started in the first half at the 20 minute mark. The unassisted goal was her fifth goal of the year, putting her in second place on the team in goals. Illinois Valley scored the next goal at the 37 minute mark.

The WolfPack would answer late in the first half with Bielicki chasing down a pass behind the defense. The second half was scoreless as the ‘Pack was able to fend of Illinois Valley. The ‘Pack out shot Illinois Valley, 23-5, and 11-5 in shots on net.

The second to last game of September would be against rival Joliet in Illinois on Sept. 25. The WolfPack won the game 1-0 in overtime.

The first half of the game saw the WolfPack out-shoot Joliet 10-4. The second half was even as the ‘Pack only out-shot Joliet by one 11-10. The ‘Pack did get more shots on net 13-8.

Kubicek earned another shutout. She now has four shutouts on the year and 12 in her career, tying a school record set by Brandie Gospodarek in the 2016-17 season.

The scoreless game finally ended in the first over time when a penalty kick was awarded to the WolfPack. At the 97th minute, freshman Lydia Webster found the back of the net.

The WolfPack has four games left in the season. Madison College travels to Palatine, Ill., to play Harper College on Oct. 2 and to Wauwatosa to play Bryant and Stratton College on Oct. 5. Then Madison College heads to Glen Ellyn, Ill., on Oct. 9 to play the College of DuPage, before wrapping up at home on Oct. 12 against Rock Valley College.