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

CHICAGO, Illinois. – In a feat unmatched in 26 clashes, the North Park women’s soccer team clinched a win over Wheaton College. The Vikings blocked out the thunder while the long goal of the evening was scored by Damaris Cifuentes.

The first 45 was played to a standstill as North Park and Wheaton both had seven total shots and three corners each. in gate, Emily Lasalle made two good saves and maintained the 0-0 score at halftime.

In the 57th minute Ida Elise Hjelle earned a corner kick to set the Vikings up for a crucial shot. Madeleine Haeger headed the perfectly placed corner kick towards the Wheaton goal, but outside the defense. But as the keeper was shielded, Cifuentes flicked a shot down the right side of the goal and gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead.

Just a minute later, The Thunder would threaten to shoot Adrienne Carter’s foot in the frame. LaSalle kept the Vikings ahead and stopped the potential neutralizer at 57:34.

LaSalle would parry three more shots over the next 33 minutes, saving a shutout and leading the Vikings to an historic victory over Wheaton College.

Fast hits:

  • head coach Emma Woodley‘s Vikings beat Thunder for the first time in program history
  • Cifuentes sends the game winner after a Haeger header
  • LaSalle with six saves and the second 90-minute clean sheet of the season

What’s next?

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

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