The Buena Vista women’s soccer team can check another school record off its list, as the Beavers topped visiting Iowa Wesleyan College, 3-1, on Wednesday afternoon to set a new single-season mark for wins in a season (9).
The Tigers (3-9), who played the entire match with only 10 available players, got on the board first late in the 13th minute on a ball they knocked back in on a loose ball.
BVU responded late in the first half to even the score heading into the break when junior Shelby Ripperger (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit), who came into the match ranked second in the nation in assists this season, dished a pass to freshman Tori Carson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Washington), who turned in her 14th goal of the year. Ripperger wasn’t done, as she found Sarah Kensinger (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit) at the top of the box during the 74th minute after dribbling in from the left of the box off a corner kick. It was Kensinger’s third goal of the year and Ripperger’s 11th assist. That assist was also the team’s 31st this season which also matches a school record that has stood since 2005.
Kelsey O’Connor (Arvada, Colo./Arvada West) later came away with the ball in the middle of the field and broke away from the defenders to knock through her second goal of the year with just more than a minute to play.
BVU out-shot Iowa Wesleyan 30-6 in the contest, including by a 14-1 margin in the second half.
Senior Kellyn Arnold (Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins) turned in a match-high eight shots, including six on-goal, while Carson followed with five shots, including two on-goal.
Senior Turissa Moreland (Kiron, Iowa/Denison-Schleswig) made her fourth appearance and her first start of the year in-goal for the Beavers, and went the distance, allowing just the one goal, while tallying a pair of saves. After facing five shots in the first 27 minutes of the match, she faced only one the rest of the way.
Buena Vista improves to 9-3-1 overall, including a 4-1-1 mark inside of J. Leslie Rollins Stadium where it will be back in action again on Saturday evening to take on Luther College (4-6-1, 0-2 IIAC) in a 5:30pm Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic (IIAC) contest.
Check out photos of our student-athletes in action in the Beaver sports photo galleries.