History made for NPU women’s football with win over Wheaton

CHICAGO, Ill. – In a feat unachieved in 26 matchups, the North Park women’s soccer team have won a victory over Wheaton College. The Vikings blanked the Thunder, while the long goal of the evening was scored by Damaris Cifuentes.

The first 45 came to a stalemate, as North Park and Wheaton both totaled seven shots and three corners apiece. In order to, Emilie LaSalle made a pair of quality saves, keeping it 0-0 at halftime.

At the 57th minute, Ida Elise Hjelle earned a corner kick, to set the Vikings up for a crucial shot. Madeleine Haeger would direct the perfectly placed corner towards Wheaton’s goal but out of the defence. However, as the keeper was thrown, Cifuentes cut a shot from the right side of the goal, putting the Vikings ahead 1-0.

Just a minute later, the Thunder threatened with a shot on the frame of Adrienne Carter’s foot. LaSalle made sure to keep the Vikings up front, stopping the potential neutralizer at 57:34.

LaSalle would go on to save three more shots over the next 33 minutes, saving a shutout while leading the Vikings to a historic victory over Wheaton College.

Quick hits:

  • The head coach Emma WoodleyVikings defeat Thunder for the first time in program history
  • Cifuentes dispatches the match winner after a Haeger header
  • LaSalle with six saves and a second 90-minute clean sheet of the season

And after?

North Park (4-9-2, 2-4-1 CCIW) concludes its season next Wednesday, October 26, against Carroll University. Kickoff in Waukesha is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CST.

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