Seniors Sent off in Style with Second Half Outburst vs. Rockford

Seniors Sent off in Style with Second Half Outburst vs. Rockford

MILWAUKEE – The 2018 Alverno soccer season came to a close on Saturday afternoon with a victory as the Inferno knocked off non-conference Rockford by a 4-0 score on the Alverno Soccer Field.

At halftime of the contest, the Inferno recognized their two seniors as Delainey Smith and Allison Weick competed in their final collegiate game.

Alverno was led on offense by four different goal scorers as the Inferno netted all four of their goals in a span of 25 minutes, including the first three goals of the match in a 3:30 span. Freshman Shaye Wolfe scored the opening goal of the match, followed by the second of the season by freshman Angela Chobanian on assists by junior Shoua Vang and Wolfe.

Kayla Kunz capped off the flurry of three goals in 210 seconds as she was slotted a ball by Wolfe to give the Inferno a 3-0 lead in the 54th minute of play. Later in the contest, it was Smith to score her fourth of the season in her final match as she was fed a ball by Chobanian to round out the scoring for the Inferno.

In goal, Weick made six saves as she played the first 80:02 of the contest, ending her season with 251 saves and her career with a program-record 596 saves. Wolfe took over in goal in the final 9:58 and made one stop in her first goalkeeping minutes.

The first half of the match was fairly even as the Inferno held a slim 7-5 margin on shots in the opening 45 minutes, while corner kicks were also even at three for each side.

Just over five minutes into the second half the Inferno broke the deadlock as Kunz sent a ball from the top of the box to Wolfe on the left wing. She followed by dodging a defender and finding the open net to put the Inferno on the board first as she caps off her rookie campaign with her 15th goal of the year.

A minute later Alverno scored once again on a scramble in the box as Chobanian had the final touch off of a touch pass from Vang after the ball was fed into the box by Wolfe.

Seventy-six seconds later Wolfe drilled another ball into the box that was well-timed and placed as a sliding Kunz connected on the ball in the six-yard box to give the Inferno a 3-0 lead.

Smith scored in the 76th minute of play from the outside after being fed a ball by Chobanian, the ball was sent over the Rockford goalkeeper's head to put the Inferno up by a 4-0 mark.

In the final 10 minutes of play Wolfe took over in goal for Weick, and made one save in the final minutes of action. On the flip side, Weick had a pair of on-target chances that were denied by the Regent netminder as the score held at 4-0.

During the second half Alverno outshot Rockford by a 12-7 margin for a 19-12 full-time lead. Corner kicks were in favor of Rockford at 5-4, while Alverno and Rockford had combined for eight saves apiece.

Alverno finishes its season with a 5-14 overall record and will look to return a solid core of returning players to an influx of new talent that will look to propel the Inferno into the postseason picture in 2019.