Alverno Downs Blackburn, 2-1, in Home Opener on Saturday

Alverno Downs Blackburn, 2-1, in Home Opener on Saturday

MILWAUKEE – The Alverno soccer team got back in the win column on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over the Blackburn Beavers on the Alverno Soccer Field.

The win gives the Inferno their third win of the season as freshman Ali Sowieja and senior Delainey Smith both scored in the victory. Senior Allison Weick also had a busy afternoon as she stopped 12 shots to pick up the win.

Blackburn controlled much of the opening play with the first two shots of the contest in the first five minutes. On Alverno's first shot of the afternoon Sowieja went one-on-one with the goalkeeper as the ball originally collided with the Beaver netminder before trickling over the goal line to put Alverno ahead by an early 1-0 score.

The Beavers took the next several shots, which included three saves by Weick in the process. Freshman Shaye Wolfe, who led the team with 10 shots, put one on target that was originally saved before Smith followed up and sent with wide of the target.

Sowieja had another chance in the final 10 minutes of the half as she once again broke free of the Beaver defense, but was unable to bury the shot as the goalkeeper made the save. The Alverno 1-0 lead held until the halftime break.

In the second half, sophomore Becca Skrobis had a solid chance in the opening minutes of the half that was a scramble in front and saved by a Blackburn defender. Smith and Wolfe followed with shots as the Inferno offense continued to heat up.

In the 57th minute of play Smith finally broke through for her third goal of the season after dribbling down the right wing and sending an arcing line drive over the Blackburn goalkeeper to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team.

Wolfe continued to create chances for the Inferno in the ensuing offensive possessions before Alverno began breaking down defensively. In the 76th minute a cross towards the top of the box went uncontested as Weick was left stranded allowing Blackburn to score it's first of the match and trim the Inferno lead in half at 2-1.

Blackburn continued to have late opportunities down the stretch but the Inferno defense did just enough to hold on for the victory as the final horn sounded.

Final stats saw Blackburn outshoot Alverno by a 24-19 margin, while saves were even at 12 apiece. The Beavers had one more corner kick opportunity than Alverno, taking the edge 3-2.

Alverno (3-2-0) will get right back to action on Sunday afternoon, when the Inferno host the Finlandia Lions for a 1 p.m. start on the Alverno Soccer Field.