From a snowy Smith Field, Marian University women’s soccer (8-10-0, 6-6-0 NACC) saw their season come to an end with a 4-2 defeat against IIT.
The Sabres had the first two quality opportunities of the evening but a 14th minute shot from senior Allyson VanZeeland went just wide, and junior Shannon Coughlin had the ball taken away by the keeper. IIT then took advantage of their first opportunity scoring on a corner kick in the 27th minute.
The Scarlet Hawks then had a strong finish to the half scoring at the 42:14 and 44:03 mark to give them a 3-0 halftime lead.
Illinois Tech padded their lead off of a rebound in the 51st minute, but the Sabres would find the back of the net just 1:03 later. Freshman Ashley Welk would send a shot that would be deflected by the keeper before VanZeeland finished the job with a header for her second goal of the year.
The Sabres were then able to cut the deficit down to two with just 9:26 left to play when Welk danced around the top of the penalty arc before sending a shot into the corner that snuck inside the right post. The goal was her 14th of the season. Marian continued to push in the final minutes sending four shots in the final 5:15 but were unable to keep their postseason hopes alive.
IIT finished with a 23-19 advantage in shots, but Marian was able to outshoot the Scarlet Hawks 16-9 in the second half. Welk led the offense with six shots, four on goal, while sophomore Kylie Lange (8-10-0) made eight saves on 12 shots.
Marian closes the season with at least a .500 winning percentage in conference play for the third-straight season.