Rockets clinch MAC regular season titleWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The UT women’s soccer team won 2-0 at home against Ball State on Oct. 27 to clinch the Mid-American Conference regular season title.
“I’m super excited for our seniors and the program in general,” Toledo head coach Brad Evans said. “We strive to have a consistent level of performance. There are no guarantees in our conference.”
It is the third MAC regular season title in the past four years for seniors Danielle Case, Kristen Lynn, Alyssa Niese, Ana Reynolds and Vick Traven (senior Jaimie Morsillo missed this season with a knee injury and will return for the 2012 season).
“This is a great feeling knowing it’s been nine months in the making,” Lynn said. “We’ve worked all off season to get to this point. We’re really excited about it and look to keep going forward in the tournament.”
The Rockets (11-6-2, 9-1-1 MAC) clinched home-field advantage for the MAC Tournament and will host No. 8 seed Ohio (7-10-2, 4-5-2) at 1:05 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Scott Park in the quarterfinals. Toledo beat the Bobcats 2-0 at Scott Park on Oct. 7.
Case headed in a corner by junior Natalia Gaitàn for a 1-0 lead 15:42 into the game. Ball State (9-8-3, 4-5-2) almost put in a header of its own at the end of the first half, but it went just over the bar.
Gaitàn assisted on another goal with a corner kick in the second half. Junior Kristen Mattei headed the corner to sophomore Rachel MacLeod who headed it in for the score.
Traven battled through rain and stopped all four of Ball State’s shots on goal for her seventh shutout of the season.
“We all know we play an outdoor sport,” Traven said. “We’re used to it. We come out here during practice and it’s raining, so it’s just another challenge we face and another obstacle that we have to overcome. I think we did a great job of being composed, literally weathering the storm and putting this team away to get our MAC Championship.”
“It’s always sunny at Scott Park,” Case said.
The University of Toledo Division of External Affairs will pay admission for the first 100 UT students with student ID for the game Oct. 30.
“I think it’s awesome to win on the home field, having our fans hear and knowing we get to play the rest of the tournament here,” Reynolds said.
“This was just another stepping stone to get us where we really want to go,” Traven said. “It’s a great accomplishment. All the players, coaches and fans helped us get to this point. Continuing on with it is going to be even better.”