NSU women’s soccer finishes season at MIAA quarterfinals
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NSU women’s soccer finishes season at MIAA quarterfinals

11/7/18

Ebba Moberg

TNE Writer

For the third year in a row, the RiverHawks finished their season at the MIAA quarterfinals, this year with a 2-1 loss at Emporia State. All the goals were made in the first half of the game. NSU’s Paulina Chavez scored the only goal for the RiverHawks from ten yards out in the 26th minute of play on a pass from Mariah Nicolet.

“Our 2018 fall season was not the result we wanted, but we pulled through with some wins,” Leslie Munoz, freshman defender. “We ended the season with ten wins, seven losses and two ties. Some big highlights of this season are beating the number one team in our conference, who was undefeated, and getting the opportunity to be in the MIAA Conference Tournament quarter finals.”

The 2018 RiverHawks squad was thin of upperclassmen. Between a small senior class and a fairly injured junior class, the freshmen and sophomores stepped up, which gives NSU women’s soccer head coach, Chase Wooten, a lot of hope for the next coming season.

“I was very proud of Paulina, who was the rookie of the year last year,” said Wooten. “Because of that, she had crosshairs on her all-season long. She certainly started to have a bigger thumbprint in the game this season. I also thought Emily Seiler, who is an outside back for us, did a lovely job. And then we had two freshmen who I thought really shined.”

Since joining the MIAA at the start of the 2012 season, the RiverHawks have had 38 players named as All-Conference. This season, Seiler was selected Second-Team after starting in all 18 games this season. Chaves was selected Third-Team after being named as the league's Freshman of the Year one season ago. Munoz placed as MIAA Honorable Mention as a true-freshman defender.

“It always feels nice to be recognized for your hard work and efforts,” said Chaves. “But I’ve realized reflecting from last year to this year it is a team effort, because without my team I would have never received this honor.”

One highlight of the 2018 season was beating UCO on the road, who was ranked number five in the country. Regardless of the score of that game, Wooten thought the players collectively worked well together and they worked incredibly hard. Another highlight to Wooten was getting a win on a really wet field against Harding early in the season.  

“Our season started out pretty rough and it did not get much better the further we went into it,” said Chaves. “We lost and tied games to teams we should not have. We did beat a nationally ranked team against all odds, which was good, and it was probably one of our best performances as a collective group this season. I would consider us to be more experienced since we were a pretty young team this year, so I know we are going to be a team to fear next year.”

Going forward, the RiverHawks will focus on defending corner kicks, which was a problem throughout their season and a reason to the RiverHawks losing their playoff game. To Coach Wooten, every effort to fix this problem seemed to be just a little off the mark. Regardless of this lowlight, Wooten thought the RiverHawks had some good wins and exciting soccer this season. 

“Our bar is set pretty high for 2019,” said Wooten. “To be transparent, my attitude is that we have a really great class coming in. On paper, we lose three or four kids this year on graduation, and some great leadership in that group, but I would like to think that we are gaining more than we are losing.”


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