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COD Women’s Soccer Pushes Past Stormers

The Chaparrals shut out the Stormers in a dominant 8-0 victory to win their second consecutive game.
Rachel Wagner

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to add updated information to the story. The score of the team’s last game as well as their current record and the date of the next game have been added to the bottom of this piece.

The College of DuPage women’s soccer team wiped out Milwaukee Area Technical College Sept. 26 at home. With an unstoppable offense making 23 shots and immovable defense allowing only one, the Chaparrals shut out the Stormers 8-0, raising their record to 3-5-1.*

“We knew going into the game that Milwaukee is kind of a new program who’ve had a couple of heavy losses,” head women’s soccer coach Matt Hanna said. “We wanted to come in and focus on the way that we’ve been playing, and just [find] a bit of consistency after the last game against Triton. We did that. We’re pretty happy with how we went about it and four goals in each half is a nice, consistent performance.”

Freshman outside winger Kim Martinez zips across the field to get the ball in the offensive zone. (Rachel Wagner)

Freshman forward Anna Odisho opened and closed the game, scoring five total goals through the game. She scored twice in the first half at the 10 and 18-minute marks, and three times in the second half at the 53, 55 and 87-minute mark.

“I was on the wing,” Odisho said. “We just kept connecting really well. I feel like whenever we had a goal, it came really quickly. We were doing really well connecting with each other and putting them away.”

Freshman striker Veronica Helma scored a pair of goals with the first going in at the 14-minute mark and the second at the 68-minute mark. She picked up an assist from Odisho’s first goal and Odisho assisted on both of hers.

“I was just thinking ‘let me kick the ball to the back of the net, and we’re good to go,’” Helma said. “That’s it.”

Freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Yurkovich seized her second consecutive shutout of the season, stopping the Stormer’s lone shot on goal. She said the team played together as a whole to beat the Stormers.

Freshman striker Veronica Helma launches the ball into the net to score a goal. (Rachel Wagner)

“That’s always the goal, to shut out,” Yurkovich said. “It’s nice to see zeros on the other team’s end of the scoreboard as much as possible. There was some good moments out there, like our team goals scored. There was a lot of movement and playing together. I think we finally got it down today.”

Freshman outside winger Kim Martinez scored the last goal of the first half at the 34-minute mark with Helma earning her third assist of the night. She acquired two assists on Odisho’s fourth and fifth goals.

“It just happened so fast,” Martinez said. “[Helma] just sent it over, and I kicked it in. I felt lucky. I didn’t think it was going to go in because [the Stormers’] goalie came out. I had space, but I took too long of a touch, and then the other defenders came out. I just flicked it.”

*The Chaparrals took on the College of Lake County Lancers on Sept. 30 in Grayslake. COD couldn’t keep up with the Lancer’s 25-shot performance, falling 4-2 and leaving their record 3-6-1. Freshman forward Anna Odisho racked up two goals – one at the 31-minute mark assisted by freshman outside winger Kim Martinez and her second at the 89-minute mark. The Chaps look to draw back into the win column against the Black Hawk College-Moline Braves at 2 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Bjarne Ullsvik Stadium.

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