DAVENPORT, Iowa - Fighting Leatherneck women's soccer (6-1-0) defeated the Bees of St. Ambrose (1-3-0) in dominant fashion, 7-0, on Sunday (September 9) to extend its win streak to six matches. Western is just one win away from tying its all-time streak length of seven matches set in 2007.
The Leathernecks started their first half offensive charge in the ninth minute of play when Kellie Julius sent her first goal of the season into the back of the net. Sloane Levin notched the assist on the play.
Less than three minutes later, Katie Condon connected with a corner off the foot of Julius, and in the 13th minute, Levin made it three nil with her second goal of the season on a pass from Sarah Hall.
Western went on to score three more times in the first half. Julius threaded a pass to Chrissy Campbell in the 25th minute, Sarah Wright scored her second goal of the season unassisted in the 39th minute and Wright set up Jordan Walgren for her first goal of her collegiate career.
The Leathernecks outshot the Bees 17 to six taking nine in the first half and eight in the second. Keeper Victoria Kappel picked up her fifth win of the season, a complete game shutout, with three saves.
"For the first time all season we finished our chances early and clinically, and it changed the dynamics of the match," head coach Ted Flogaites said. "We played with a sense of urgency early on and our scoring all came from different players, which is a positive. I would be remiss if I did not compliment the defenders and keeper for another clean sheet. They were very good at limiting the opposition's scoring chances. We have some tough matches coming up next weekend, and we have to do a lot of work in training so that our preparation is thorough."
Western Illinois returns to the pitch on Friday (September 14) at Missouri State and Sunday (September 16) at North Dakota. The matches will begin at 7 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.