KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Illinois women's soccer closed out its final non-conference weekend with a 4-0 loss to Western Michigan on Sunday. Western Illinois heads into conference play with a record of 4-5-1.
"Give full credit to Western Michigan, they fully deserved the win and we were never in the match," said head coach Ted Flogaites. "Our run of form cannot continue like this forever, but we also are not working anywhere near hard enough to turn this thing around. And we will turn it around. The players won't quit, the coaching staff won't quit and we will find a solution. Right now we are asking for all of our true competitors to stand up and be counted on, nothing more nothing less. I wish to personally apologize to anyone that came to support us, the effort we put out is not reflective of who we are or what we are capable of. We are a better team than what we are showing and mental roadblocks are preventing us from seeing just how good we really are. Our issue is simple; we are not annoyed enough yet about losing to get back winning."
The Broncos (2-3-2) got on the scoresheet midway through the first half when Ariana Donahue tapped in Aubrey Sudomier's cross.
Sloane Levin then nearly leveled the match but her shot went over the bar.
Western Michigan doubled its advantage early in the second half off a set piece. Rachel Caney's pass went past the Leatherneck wall to the feet of Sudomier who beat Laura Atkinson, bringing the score to 2-0 after 60 minutes of play.
Skyler Jessop responded quickly and nearly brought one back for the Leathernecks but her shot went wide, keeping the match at 2-0.
Five minutes later, Ginda Maddie put away the Broncos' third score of the match with a 20-yard strike into the upper corner of the net.
Kylie Nylen finished off the scoring for Western Michigan in the 71st minute with yet another long range effort to bring the final score to 4-0.
Kristin Becker provided the best chance for the Leathernecks, but her shot was saved by Michelle Watson in the 77th minute.
The Leathernecks will have the week off before returning to John Mackenzie Alumni Field on October 4th and 6th to open Summit League play against South Dakota State and North Dakota State.
"We are looking forward to our next match and I can assure the people who support us that our performances from here on out will be vastly different from the listless performances of this weekend," Flogaites continued. "We have already turned the page. We have to perform. This is the top level and no one gives you anything for free. We have forgotten that but I will make sure we remember from here on out."