The Washburn soccer team used goals from Paige Ledesma and Kelsi Smith and a shutout from Kaitlin Minnich to end a brief skid with a 2-0 win against Nebraska-Kearney on Sunday at Yager Stadium.
“We talked about proactive energy a lot and playing urgent soccer from the very beginning and I thought it was so much better today with just our attitude and mentality about the game from the very beginning,” WU coach Davy Phillips said.
Washburn moved to 3-2-1 on the season after taking a tie and two losses in its previous three games.
“Losing and winning can become habits, so you don’t want to just run through the motions and start taking losses and becoming accustomed to it,” Phillips said. “It’s important to bump that streak and hopefully start a winning streak.”
Washburn got on the board in the 30th minute when Ledesma maneuvered around the goalkeeper after a pass in open space from Haley Schroeder.
Smith then gave the Ichabods some insurance with just over five minutes left, putting in a rebound off her own shot.
“I thought it could have come much earlier, the second goal,” Phillips said. “I told the girls after the game that the second goal is really important because it allows us to play and get better at certain things without the pressure of the result. But it was really nice to open up and play a little bit and that’s what the second goal allows us to do.”
Minnich recorded four saves for her third shutout and the Ichabods held the Lopers to six shots.
“Our transition defending was much better and we were able to keep the game in front of us for the most part, and that gives us a chance to defend,” Phillips said.
The game went down as a nonconference win for the Ichabods, who will play at Fort Hays State
CZAPINSKI WINS BEARCAT INVITATIONAL: Washburn women’s tennis player Alexis Czapinski won the Bearcat Invitational on Saturday in Maryville, Mo.
Czapinski defeated Ichabod teammates MaKenna Gonzales and Madison Lysaught before edging Northwest Missouri State’s Tania Teruel in the final, 2-6, 6-4, 10-7. WU’s doubles team of Ally Burr and Jaqueline Engelbrecht made it to the semifinals before falling to Klara Vickov and Jill Van den Dungen, 8-3.
On the men’s side, the doubles teams of Paul Haase and Chase Brill, and Alejandro Valarezo and Blake Hunter, were co-champions.
Valarezo made the final of the singles bracket, winning three matches before falling to Southwest Baptist’s Sherif Abohabaga 6-2, 6-4.
WASHBURN VOLLEYBALL GOES 3-1 AT ARKANSAS TECH INVITATIONAL: The Washburn volleyball team went 3-1 in the Arkansas Tech Invitational this weekend in Russellville, Ark., closing the tournament with 3-0 wins over Ouachita Baptist and Alabama-Huntsville.
Erica Montgomery recorded 14 kills against Ouachita Baptist and Allison Maxwell had 12 kills against Alabama-Huntsville.
Washburn improved to 9-3 on the season.
WU SOCCER 2, NEBRASKA-KEARNEY 0
Goals — Washburn: Ledesma, Smith. Assist: Shroeder. Shutout — WU: Minnich.
Records — Nebraska-Kearney 3-2-1. Washburn 3-2-1.