Seniors play last game at Prentup
The CU women’s soccer team fell to the Missouri Tigers on Sunday afternoon in their last home game of the season.
The Buffs were unable to score on the Tigers, who netted two goals to come away with the win. However, head coach Bill Hempen said he thought the team fought hard throughout the game.
“I told the kids I never wanted a win for this group like I wanted it today,” Hempen said. “Not just because of the seniors, but for our team morale. But they really fought today, it just didn’t bounce out way.”
The match was the last home game for the two seniors on the team, forward Allison Kidd and defender Brittany Dornseif. Kidd, a Spanish major, was unable to play because of a torn ACL, but said she might play in next week’s game. Dornseif was out with injuries for much of the season, but she was able to start against the Tigers.
“I’m not where I want to be right now because I’m still getting better,” said Dornseif, a psychology major. “I’m playing for an amazing team and they all know that I have so much more to give.”
The Buffs ended the game with 12 shots, while the Tigers had 11. Sophomore forward Nikki Marshall led the Buffs with three shots.
Marshall expressed her disappointment with the outcome of Sunday’s game.
“It was a very tough loss today,” said Marshall, a sociology major. “We needed to win that game. We’ve got to start playing with more passion and playing for each other.”
Junior defender Michelle Wenino said the team worked extremely hard, but just couldn’t get the ball to go their way.
“We came out with a lot of intensity today,” said Wenino, a finance major. “It’s just frustrating when we can’t get the ball into the back of the net. We just need to start shooting more at the right time and in the right places.”
Although the team fell to 7-6-3 on the season, both players and fans celebrated the achievements of the seniors in a ceremony after the match.
Kidd and Dornseif have three road games left in their careers with the Buffs.
Hempen said he knows the games will be tough for his team, especially because they are all Big 12 matches on the road.
“We have to keep fighting during these games, because it’s not going to get any easier the rest of the way,” Hempen said. “I think our conference is really underrated as a whole. You have to bring all you’ve got every time or you have no chance against these teams.”
Hempen said he will be working with his team on scoring this week before they face Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The game against Texas on Nov. 2 is the last of the season.
“I may have them shoot at a smaller goal this week,” Hempen said. “That way, when they look up at a big one, it will seem like an ocean to them.”
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