SARA DILLON | SPORTS COLUMNIST
On Sept. 3, St. Norbert’s Women’s Soccer played their first home game of the season where they celebrated a 1-0 victory against Edgewood College. The win broke their two-game losing streak and improved their record to 1-2 on the young season.
The win also gave new St. Norbert head coach Bob Rickards his first collegiate win. Rickards was the previous high school boys’ and girls’ coach for Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay. Rickards led the girls team to a WIAA state championship in 2018 and acheived a pair of title in 2007 and 2008 with the boys team.
The Eagles won the coin flip for the first half, but the Knights won the half overall. St. Norbert was aggressive and kept the ball on the opposing half of the field for a majority of play. The Knight’s scored their first and only goal with 28 minutes left in the half. The goal was scored by Emily Names ’22 with an assist from Katelyn Kane ’23.
The second half of the game was more aggressive than the first; although, the Knights were unable to make another goal. Within the first three minutes of the half, there were six strong attempts at the Edgewood goal, which sparked an energy that the Knights rode for the rest of the game.
On the other side of the ball, both SNC goalkeepers, Ava Seifert ’22 and McKenna Lacy ’21, made impressive saves during their time in goal.
Overall, the Green Knights had clear communication, solid leading passes, and good stamina throughout the game. The pressure they put on Edgewood lead to them creating 10 corner kicks opposed to the Eagles one. Additionally, the Knights outshot the Eagles 17 to 8.
The Knights were cohesive as a team, as players were able to consistently rely on the people behind them. St. Norbert will look to continue this momentum on Saturday as the face off against UW-Platteville at Capital Credit Union Park in Green Bay at 2:00 p.m.