The women’s soccer team opened up conference play against Clarke University at Liston Stadium on Saturday, defeating the Crusaders 2-1.
Baker showed offensive aggression early, scoring in the second minute of the game. Freshman Victoria Aceves-Power scored for the Wildcats, earning her first collegiate goal and putting the team up 1-0.
As time wound down before half, Baker continued to seek out scoring opportunities with eight shots in the first half alone. With four minutes remaining in the half, senior Kady Dieringer scored for the Wildcats from 20 yards out, assisted by senior Megan Johnson.
This was Dieringer’s first goal of the season and Johnson’s first assist. At the half, the Wildcats lead the Pride 2-0.
Late in the second half, Clarke freshman Samantha Brookens found the back of the net for the Pride, making the final score 2-1.
Dieringer and Johnson lead the Wildcats with three shots each and senior goalkeeper Rachel Hunt spent 85 minutes in goal, stopping all attempts from Clarke. Freshman Izzy Depinto spent the last five minutes in goal for the ‘Cats, allowing Clarke’s one goal in her first goalkeeping appearance.
This marked the Wildcats’ first victory of the season as they improved to 1-3-2 overall and 1-0 in Heart conference play.
The women’s soccer team will continue its conference run against Graceland at 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Liston Stadium.