Women’s soccer seeks redemption in tourney

By Jordan Murray

Sports Editor

This fall has been anything but easy for coach Scott Pirnstill and his Viterbo women’s soccer team. Three season-ending knee injuries and two stress fractures can take a toll on a team, especially one as young as the V-Hawks.

With only one senior, two juniors, and five major injuries, the team has managed just two wins during the regular season, both coming in con­ference play.

Pirnstill, however, is dismissive of the regular season results. “The team’s record is not important in the entire scheme of things,” Pirnstill told Lumen. “The conference tour­nament lies ahead this weekend and if we can win it and qualify for the national tournament, nobody will be talking about the season stats. I really expected before the season, and to this day, that we have the tal­ent to make it to the conference tour­nament final.”

The team’s two wins have each come in the last two weeks. Junior Nikki Reinart believes this shows how the team has improved. “As the season has progressed, the team’s cohesiveness and understanding be­tween one another has become more natural,” Reinart said. “Our hard work at practice and understanding of our strengths and weaknesses has helped our growth as a team.”

The team’s scoring has been led by sophomore Steph Wisen, a re­turning NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. Pirnstill commented that Wisen “is a total team player. She prefers to be a play-maker rather than a scorer. The team has really worked together creating op­portunities for Steph, and she has not wasted them. Once the team has more experience working together, I think that Steph will get more op­portunities to play-make in addition to scoring. I think the best is yet to come.”

Pirnstill and his young team will try to make a run as the sixth seed in the MCC tournament, taking on third seed Ashford University in the first round.

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