Soccer Team Plays for a Cause
Connor Daniels
cdani404@uwsp.edu

The Pointers participated in the third annual “Playing for a Cause” campaign, in which Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams select a cause and bring awareness to the campus and those attending a home game.

The Pointers selected America’s VetDogs, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2003. The organization gives disabled veterans easy access to guide dogs.

America’s VetDogs received donations at the front gate before game time. A tent was set up along the sidelines for anyone to purchase clothing apparel and treats.

A raffle contest was also held, as four prize packages were given away at half time. All the proceeds benefited America’s VetDogs.

After starting the season 0-4-2,​the Women’s Soccer team quickly managed to turn things around. Going 3-1 in their next four games.

 The Pointers were looking to gain some ground in the WIAC when they hosted UW-Eau Claire at the Point Soccer Bowl on Saturday, Eau Claire entered the matchup 3-3-3.

With a few key injuries, Head Coach Megan Schmidt explained how an opportunity opened up for the younger players.

“We had new players who have never started before, starting,” Schmidt said.

At game time, the rain was lightly falling and the puddles came into play throughout the game.The Pointers got on the board first with Emily Dietrich scoring in the 19th minute of the first half.

The Blugolds would retaliate by scoring later in the first half, only to have the lead taken away again by

Julian Ross’s goal. She was assisted by Sarah Vitale and together they brought the score to 2-1 Pointers.

By halftime, the Pointers were looking strong as the defense was showing positive signs and the offense was getting shots on goal.

UW-Eau Claire tied the game in the 22nd minute. This would be enough to send the game into overtime.

UW-Eau Claire secured the win just two minutes into overtime, earning the come from behind victory.Despite the loss, the Pointers made big steps in this game.

“Altogether we played as a team. We had a few defensive breakdowns but overall this game was a big step for us,” said senior Carly Falk. Falk is a key player on defense and was named First Team-All WIAC in the 2012 season.

It was a challenging game, but Schmidt saw good effort out of her players.

“I was really pleased with the way we played,” Schmidt said.

The Pointers are preparing for UW-Oshkosh, who will enter the matchup ranked second in the WIAC.

“Oshkosh is a team similar to Eau Claire in terms of competitiveness,” Schmidt said. “It’s going to be scoring and being ready to play hard defense.”

To receive more information on America’s VetDogs, go to vetdogs. org.