WHEATON, Ill. – Wheaton (Ill.) defeated UW-Whitewater 7-0 on Saturday in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament. Wheaton (19-3-2) advances to the Sectional Semifinal round of the tournament against Trinity (Texas) or Hardin-Simmons at a site that will be announced by the NCAA on Monday. UW-Whitewater ends its season with a record of 16-5-1.
The seven goals scored by Wheaton in the victory is tied for the most by the Thunder in its previous 56 NCAA tournament matches. The seven-goal margin of victory is the most in the program’s history in a NCAA tournament match.
Thunder sophomore Anna Seabolt sparked Wheaton’s scoring to give Wheaton a 1-0 lead against UW-Whitewater with a quick goal that was assisted by Sarah Guidera in the ninth minute. A little more than six minutes later, Wheaton extended its lead to 2-0 on a Leah DeMoss goal that was assisted by Guidera and Seabolt in the 15th minute. Seabolt netted her second goal of the match in the 25th minute when she headed the ball into the net off of a Megan Campbell assist for a 3-0 Wheaton lead.
Senior Laura Karsten moved Wheaton’s lead to 4-0 in the 28th minute when she scored on a low shot past UWW goalkeeper Jordan Myers. DeMoss registered her second goal of the night in the 31st minute, thanks to an Ally Witt assist for a 5-0 lead. Witt scored in the 38th minute when she headed the ball into the goal off of a Sydney Sharkey cross.
Wheaton led the Warhawks 6-0 at halftime. Witt scored her second goal of the night in the 53rd minute to increase the hosts’ lead to 7-0. Witt netted the final goal of the match off of a Lindsay Johnson assist.
Wheaton out-shot the Warhawks 19-12, with a 14-7 edge in shots on goal for the hosts. Wheaton goalkeeper Hilary Barreto made five saves in the Thunder net to record her fifth shutout of the year. Myers made five saves in 45 minutes of work for the Warhawks and Emily Haeger worked 45 minutes, making two saves.