Women’s soccer gets first win of the season in shutout over Westminster

by Brock Borgeson, Sports Editor

INDIANOLA, Iowa – Maybe the women’s soccer team should make Indianola Middle School their home field for the rest of the season as it may have been the medicine the Storm needed to win their first game of the season.

The Indianola High School Homecoming football game pushed the women’s soccer team across town to the middle school Friday.

Simpson (1-7) earned their first win of the season by defeating Westminster College (Mo.) 1-0, capitalizing on a penalty kick opportunity in the 1st half.

Simpson’s Mackenzie Stump was awarded a penalty kick in the 21st minute after a Westminster (3-3) handball in the box. Stump went left with the shot, finding the back of the net to make it 1-0 on her first goal of the year.

This was only the third score of the season for Simpson, who has only had a lead a twice this season.

Both teams had a difficult time penetrating the defense to create shots in a game that only saw 16 total shots. Simpson had 11 shots to Westminster’s five.

Play was physical as both teams racked up a combined 29 fouls on the day. Westminster played aggressively late, creating multiple late game opportunities only to come up short.

Goalkeeper Kristin Riley only had to make one save to earn the shutout and her first win of the season in goal.

Simpson hopes to repeat this result Sunday as they host Waldorf College back at Buxton Stadium. The start time for this game is 3 p.m.