Marian University women’s soccer (8-9-0, 6-5-0 NACC) kept their postseason hopes alive defeating Aurora for the first time in program history by a 2-1 final.
Freshman Ashley Welk provided both goals for the Sabres with her first coming at the 23:50 mark. Junior Shannon Coughlin was able to feed her the ball into the middle of the penalty area and Welk used her right foot to sneak the ball into the lower left of the goal.
Welk then used a little bit of luck in the first minutes of the second half as she sent a shot from 35 yards out that hit the top of the crossbar. The ball then popped straight up into the air and spun into the goal after hitting the ground. The goals put were her 12th and 13th of the season and gave the Sabres a 2-0 advantage.
The Spartans cut into the deficit with a 59th-minute goal, but the Sabre defense was up to the task the remainder of the way to seal the win.
Marian held a slim advantage in shots at 16-13 led by Welk who had six. In goal, sophomore Kylie Lange (8-9-0) made three saves in the opening half to earn the victory in goal.
Marian closes out the regular season hosting Illinois Tech for a 7 p.m. kick-off Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Sabres will need a win combined with a Concordia Chicago loss or tie to earn the No. 6 seed for the NACC Tournament.