Mount Pleasant, Iowa – The Alverno women's soccer team kicked off its 2018 campaign with a strong effort in a 7-4 victory over the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers at East Lake Park.
The Inferno were led by senior Delainey Smith and freshmen Shaye Wolfe and Ali Sowieja, who each registered two goals apiece on the game. Junior Shoua Vang added her first of the season to round out the offensive attack for Alverno.
The Inferno outshot the Tigers by a 25-10 margin, and but 16 of those shots on target to Iowa Wesleyan's four shots. Senior Allison Weick got her first victory of the season with the team's win.
Iowa Wesleyan got out to a very quick start as the Tigers took the first three shots of the contest and were also awarded a pair of corner kicks in the early going of the match. The offensive success resulted in the opening goal of the contest for Iowa Wesleyan as the team scored 12:37 into the contest.
However it did not take long for Alverno to answer as Smith responded just over two minutes later to level the score at one. Within the next few possessions the Inferno had its first lead of the game at 2-1 as Vang registered her first of the year.
The Tigers did not go down quietly as the team tied the game in the early stages of the 16th minute before Smith tallied her second of the match to give the Inferno another one-goal advantage.
Making her collegiate debut for the Inferno, Wolfe collected her first career goal in the late stages of the first half to give Alverno some breathing room at 4-2 heading into the halftime break.
Wolfe picked right back up where she left off in the first half as she made her way down the field in the opening minutes of the second half to score her second goal of the contest and propel Alverno to a three-goal lead. Just over 10 minutes later, however, the Tigers scored to trim the Inferno lead back down to two at 5-3.
With the game pushing ahead into the final 25 minutes it was Sowieja's turn to score the first goal of her career to increase the Alverno lead back to three at 6-3. Sowieja scored again just about 10 minutes after her first goal as she collected her own rebound and buried the ball in the back of the goal to push Alverno to its largest lead of the contest.
Iowa Wesleyan netted a goal in the last 10 minutes to cut the score back down to 7-4, but did not get another shot on target the rest of the match. Wolfe had one more look on target in the final few minutes as did Vang, but both were denied by the Tiger netminder as the Inferno closed out the match with the three-goal victory.
Alverno (1-0) will be back on the road on Friday evening for a 7 p.m. start in Eureka, Illinois for a non-conference battle with the Eureka Red Devils on Traister Field.