A late goal by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday gave the Warhawks a 3-2 advantage over the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, which proved to be the deciding play. The loss is the first ever to Whitewater in nearly 20 years of Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
Point fell behind in the first half when Warhawks freshman midfielder Madeline Lardner put a goal on the board. The score occurred in the thirty-ninth minute from an assist by senior forward/midfielder Emily Gerber.
The Pointers went into halftime without a shot on goal. UWSP allowed another shot on goal early in the second half when Warhawks junior forward Christian Tooren struck the cross bar in the forty-ninth minute.
Point junior middle/forward Kim Jobke answered with a shot on goal in the fifty-second minute but was unable to find the back of the net.
Jobke would find revenge when she assisted freshman midfielder Hannah Burt for the Pointers’ first goal of the day in the fifty-fifth minute.
Whitewater followed with a shot on goal seven minutes later by Gerber but couldn’t get it past junior goalkeeper Brittany Marx.
“It was really intense going back and forth like that,” said Point’s junior forward Sammy Greer.
Then three minutes later in the sixty-fifth minute, Greer beat Whitewater freshman goalkeeper Jordan Myers for a 2-1 advantage in favor of Point. In that same minute, Whitewater answered the Greer goal when Gerber assisted Tooren and tied the game back up at 2-2.
“It felt like as soon as we got the lead, we lost it,” Greer said.
Each team had legitimate shot attempts but good defense held the tie until the eighty-seventh minute. With less than three minutes remaining, Gerber hit a Tooren assisted goal, sealing the win for Whitewater.
The home loss gives Point an 8-6 overall record and a 3-4 conference record. The loss is the second in a row for the Pointers.