After seeing their match on Sunday postponed due to lightning UIW’s women managed a big 3-0 win over Nichols on Monday night at Benson Stadium. While still facing some effects of the wet weather in San Antonio on Monday, the Cardinals did well to manage a strong second half for the big win.
As the score would reflect it was a dominant performance from the Cardinals, but they could not get past the stern Nichols defense in the first half. UIW could well have opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when forward Brooke Hanson found space and shot, beating the keeper but only finding the crossbar.
But that would be as good as it got in the first half, which was actually tight despite the final score line. That kept Nichols happy going in to the half, but it did not take long for the Cardinals to take charge after the break.
Just five minutes in to the second half the Cardinals had the lead through local midfielder Ana Campa who scored her first goal of the season. Some strong work from freshman forward Brooke Hanson allowed her to cross for Campa who headed home.
After that goal Nichols looked to fight back, trying to get the goal back, they defended strongly but UIW was proving a much stronger side. The Cardinals looked to control possession but were struggling to break down the Nichols defense.
The second goal finally came in the 63rd minute when a pass from forward Karey Tylman was able to find Hanson. Sitting 35 yards out from goal, Hanson looked up and launched a powerful shot which beat the keeper and doubled UIW’s lead.
The Cardinals passed Nichols out of the match and in the 80th minute some strong passing saw UIW wrap up the 3-0 win. Sam Batley and Ana Rodriguez linked up with Sabrina Martineau who was able to send the ball out of the reach of the keeper for the big win.