Region and conference champs

WolfPack races past Hawks in women’s soccer regional final


Madison College’s Alexis Kulow races past a Harper College defender during her team’s 3-0 win at home in the NJCAA Region 4 Division III women’s soccer championship on Oct. 23.

Clarion Staff Report

The past two weeks have been big for the Madison College women’s soccer team, which has won the NJCAA Region 4 Division III championship and a its fifth-straight conference title in that time. 

Madison College took the region title with a 3-0 victory over visiting Harper College on Oct. 23 with relative ease, scoring once in the first half and twice in a 10-minute stretch in the second half. 

Alexis Kulow opened the scoring 20 minutes and 32 seconds into the match with her seventh goal of the year, off an assist from Angelina Perez and Monica Tapia-Gutierrez.  

The next goal came from Perez, the team’s scoring leader. She took a pass from Tapia-Gutierrez, slipped past a couple defenders and found the corner of the goal at 60 minutes, 42 seconds. 

Nearly 10 minutes later, Perez passed to Elizabeth Foye who drove the ball home with a quick strike to put Madison College up, 3-0. 

Perez now leads the team with 17 goals and is second in assists with seven. Tapia-Gutierrez leads the team in assists with nine. 

Madison College wrapped up a share of the conference title on Oct. 9, when it defeated host Rock Valley, 5-0. The two teams were co-champions in last year’s shortened spring season. 

Karmen Smyth scored three goals in the match, posting her first career hat trick. Perez and Kulow both also scored in the match as the WolfPack dominated from start to finish. 

The WolfPack won the conference crown outright this season in an anti-climactic fashion, winning the title when their season-ending match against Harper College was cancelled. 

Madison College coach Matt Schwartz has claimed at least a share of the league crown in all but one year since becoming head coach in 2016.  

Schwartz will now prepare his team for another shot at the national tournament. 

The regional victory advances Madison College to the Great Lakes District Tournament starting on Oct. 29. The team is now two wins away from a national berth and has the advantage of hosting the district tournament.