La Crosse, Wis. – The Viterbo University women's soccer team ranks among the top in the country (NAIA) in defense and today they put that defense on display as they recorded their sixth shutout of the season and second straight with a 3-0 win over Grand View University.
The V-Hawk offense was hitting on all cylinders as well as it only took 8 minutes for them to score. Sophomore Molly Machometa (McHenry, Ill.) was the recipient of a nice pass from Sam Zobott (Jr. – Lake in the Hills, Ill.) off of a free kick. Machometa took the pass off of her head and found the back of the net. The score would remain 1-0 at halftime as the V-Hawks had a 4-2 advantage in shots.
As the defense remained constant in the second half so did the scoring for the V-Hawks. Machometa would score her second goal of the game on an assist by Liz Conejo (Fr. – Sun Prairie, Wis.) in the 57th minute. Machometa would then finish off the hat trick in the 63rd minute on an assist by Steph Wisen (Sr. – Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.). Viterbo's defense would remain strong the rest of the way for the shutout.
Viterbo finished with a 12-6 edge in shots in and a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. Machometa led the V-Hawks with 7 shots including five on goal. The hat trick for Machometa is her second of the week as she had one on Tuesday against Mount Mercy University. She now leads the Midwest Collegiate Conference with 16 goals on the season while Wisen leads the conference with 12 assists. Junior McKenzie Guth (Onalaska, Wis.) recorded her second shutout of the season as she made six saves.
The win moves Viterbo to 11-2 on the year and 4-0 in MCC action. Grand View falls to 7-4-2 overall and 1-2 in conference action. Viterbo will be back in action next when they travel to Dubuque, Iowa to face the Crusaders of Clarke University on Wednesday at 1:00 pm.
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