From Coach McCrea:
On Thursday, the Whippets traveled to Evansville to face the Blue Devils with hopes of securing a third-place finish in the Rock Valley Conference. Whitewater, 5-3-1 in conference play started strong against the 6-3-0 Blue Devils maintaining possession throughout most of the first half. The heat was a factor for both teams forcing both sides to perform multiple substitutions.
Late in the first half, Evansville was awarded a penalty kick on an alleged trip in the penalty box. Senior Captain and goalkeeper Alexa DuClos performed a spectacular save to keep the game 0-0 going into halftime.
The coaching staff emphasized stronger interior midfield play and the team responded well in the second half with Meikayla Korf, Kacie Carrollo leading the attack along with Sierra Brunner. Rylee Stachow really stepped up as an outside midfielder and had her best game of the season. The ever strong and energetic play of Crystal Chan and Brianna Zimdars was impressive and supported by a never breaking back four led by Aby Center.
Not until the 87th minute was there a score by either team with the Blue Devils placing the ball on the far upper corner. Earlier in the season, the Whippets won the 89th minute of play. The Whippets concluded their regular, weather-shortened season play with an overall record of 5-4-3.
Up next, with the number seven seed in the WIAA regional, the Whippets host the number ten seed Wisconsin Lutheran on Thursday, May 31 kicking off at 7:00 pm.