Kansas Wesleyan only got off five shots against a stingy Lady Brave defense. But that was all the visiting team needed.
The Lady Coyotes handed Ottawa University’s women’s soccer program its first loss in 11 matches, shutting out the Lady Braves 2-0 Wednesday in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinals at Peoples Bank Field in Ottawa. It marked the first time all season OU did not scored a goal in a match.
Now, Ottawa (16-3-1) will have to wait for the results of the KCAC championship match Saturday between Kansas Wesleyan and Oklahoma Wesleyan. If OKWU wins, the Lady Braves will receive the KCAC’s second bid to the NAIA National Tournament.
The Lady Braves had their chances in the semifinals. They out-shot their opponent 17-5, and had a 10-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, but couldn’t put the ball in the net. Kansas Wesleyan’s goalkeeper, Jane Potter, had 10 saves.
“I told them that their opponent’s goalkeeper, Jane Potter, has played very well for them,” Marc Gordon, OU head women’s soccer coach, said. “She made some tremendous saves, and the opportunities we gave them, they put away. We had more, and they just made theirs count.”
Kansas Wesleyan’s Krysta Catone opened up scoring at the 20:39 minute mark in the first half off a corner kick from Madeline Lopez. The Lady Coyotes added to their lead at the 66:38 mark in the second half off a goal by Michelle Rios-Buza assisted by Alyssa Skobis.
Caroline Jenkins, senior forward, led OU in shot attempts with five.
“There’s a long, storied history between the two schools and the programs, and it can be humbling, it can be educational and it really can put value in for the seniors and those minutes that they get when they are on the field to try to perform better,” Gordon said. “It is a waiting game now, and we’ll see what happens in the finals with Oklahoma Wesleyan and Kansas Wesleyan.”