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UIW have frustrating Sunday afternoon

Creighton players celebrate their opening goal
Creighton players celebrate their opening goal
courtesy Creighton Athletics

As the UIW women continued their season, the UIW men had their first scrimmage of the season but it was a winless afternoon for the Cardinals on Sunday as the men had to settle for a scoreless draw with SMU and the women lost to Creighton 2-0 in two road games.

Normally a draw is not allowed in college soccer but as UIW's match against SMU was just a scrimmage and did not count in the statistics, when the match ended scoreless, no extra-time was played as UIW got their lone pre-season hit-out.

2014 sees UIW's men's team finally find a conference to call home in NCAA Division I as they will play in the Western Athletic Conference and as a result have a full slate of matches for the 2014 season.

As the school now has a much larger list of matches they can attract talent, after losing a significant number of players in the dead 2013 year, the Cardinals added 18 players to their men's team in 2014.

As a result the friendly proved a vital hit-out for Cardinals coach, Vince Martinez, to see his squad in action, with the result largely being meaningless.

Both teams in the match were able to share some possession and had periods where they did well, but they were unable to generate any real clear chances, with a scoreless draw a very fair result.

The Cardinals had the best chance of the match after a poor clearance from the Mustangs fell to Victor Pinalwho was able to send the ball back but his effort was much too tame.

Outside of that opportunity, both teams were restricted to hopeful long range efforts as the match ended scoreless.

For the women it was a result that has become disappointingly too familiar as they fell 2-0 to Creighton at Morrison Stadium on Sunday evening.

Creighton got off to the perfect start, opening the scoring just four minutes in to the match as a KirstynCorder corner for Stephanie Anasi who headed it on for Lauren Sullivan, left with an open net to open the scoring.

It was all Creighton throughout the first half as they had several chances but KarlyBrightwell was impressive in goal for the Cardinals as she made five saves to keep the score down to just 1-0 at the break.

UIW started the second half well with Nikki Poppa and then Sarah Johnson being played through one-on-one against Danielle Rice who saved Poppa’s effort before Johnson sent her over the bar.

But ten minutes in to the half Creighton doubled their lead as a penalty allowed Madelyn Buckner to step up and send the ball in to the back of the net.

UIW were pressing but Rice was proving unstoppable in goal, while the UIW defense worked hard, pushing a high line that stopped Creighton with a double figure offside statistic.

It was perhaps a harsh result for UIW as they managed several one-on-ones but Creighton were the better side, with UIW having some promising signs.

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