Women’s soccer faced UT Martin in their second home game of the season. The Cougars walked away victorious and extended their winning streak to four games, despite rainy weather that created a slick playing field.
While there were no major injuries during the game, one UT Martin player had to get walked off the field after falling.
The first half was slow with a few saves and shots that missed, leaving the score at 0-0 going into halftime.
UT Martin had one shot make it into the net during the first half, but it was called offsides, so it did not count.
Head Coach Derek Burton said his message at halftime was to approach the second half like they were playing a whole new, but shorter, game.
“We framed it as it’s a forty-five-minute game now,” Burton said. “It’s 0-0, [so] let’s win the forty-five minutes.”
Burton also said UT Martin played with a lot of intensity in the first half, so SIUE needed to match that.
“It took us a little while to match the intensity that UT Martin had, but we grew into the game and thankfully it was still 0-0 at the time,” Burton said.
The Cougars came back strong and picked up two goals in the second half, bringing the score to 2-0 by the end of the game.
One goal was scored by MacKenzie Litzsinger, a redshirt sophomore forward, and the other was collected by Angel Ikeda, a senior midfielder, with Litzsinger providing the assist.
Litzsinger said scoring is important but so are assists. Although it might feel good to actually get the goal, sometimes it can feel just as good to help a fellow player get one.
“I would not be able to score any of the goals without my whole entire team,” Litzsinger said. “Every time I score a goal, I get more excited for the person I get it from then scoring myself.”
To Taylor Spiller, a sophomore goalkeeper, the team’s defenses were strong, also contributing to the win.
“It was a huge defensive effort, but our backline has been huge as well,” Spiller said.
The team will compete next in a home game against Morehead State at 5:30 p.m. March 19.