Falcons outlast Spartans, overcome Mother Nature

Falcons outlast Spartans, overcome Mother Nature

AURORA, Ill. – Mother Nature poured buckets of rain down on Vago Field on Wednesday afternoon, but Concordia Wisconsin did its best to overcome the terrible conditions to defeat Aurora, 5-4, and stay undefeated in MWLC play.

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Concordia Wisconsin 5, Aurora 4
Location: Vago Field (Aurora, Ill.)
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 7-4, 6-0 MWLC; Aurora 5-7, 4-2 MWLC

HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Falcons have defeated each league opponent this season by double-digit goals, until this matchup, mostly because the weather played such a factor. Watching the live stream, one would think the players needed paddles instead of sticks because there were puddles on the turf everywhere.
- Nevertheless, Concordia Wisconsin scored one more goal than Aurora to earn another conference win and stay undefeated and atop the standings.
- The Falcons scored the game's first three goals – two of the first three by sophomore Christina Pattengale (Waukesha, Wis.) – to own a 3-0 lead with 17 minutes and 50 seconds to play before halftime. Freshman Nicole DeMeo (Niles, Ill.) also scored. The Spartans tallied a pair of scores and freshman Emily Kuhlman (Cold Springs, Minn.) also found the back of the net to give the visitors a 4-2 lead at the intermission.
- The game-winning goal came by junior Allison Kurek (Chicago, Ill.) with 7:27 to play in the contest. Aurora got to within a goal after scoring with 2:56 left on the clock, but Concordia Wisconsin's defense held off the hosts.
- Concordia Wisconsin tallied three free-position goals and caused 24 turnovers in the win.
- Kurek caused a game-high seven turnovers and picked up eight ground balls. Sophomore Ellie Woodman (Janesville, Wis.) ended with five caused turnovers and five ground balls.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Kurek's seven caused turnovers are tied for the fourth-most in a game in program history, while her eight ground balls are tied for the fifth most in a game. Woodman's career-best five caused turnovers are tied for the eighth most.
- Pattengale scored two free-position goals for the second time this season.
- Concordia Wisconsin's 25 caused turnovers were one shy of tying the program's game record.
- Junior Kjerstin Saarela (Sun Prairie, Wis.) picked up a career-high five ground balls.

THE OPPOSITION
- Andrea Colford led the Spartans with two goals, while Kenny Hughes and Kendall Urban each scored.
- Colford won six draw controls and Lauren Whitfield caused four turnovers.
- Reilly Armstrong made seven saves in goal.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- Concordia Wisconsin hosts Hamline in a MWLC contest on Saturday at 12 pm.