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Calvin Wetzel | Sports Editor

The Wheaton women’s soccer team has never officially lost a CCIW tournament match, and it plans to keep it that way. After clinching the conference regular season title with a 3-1 win over North Park University (7-8-1) on Saturday, Nov. 2, Wheaton eliminated Augustana College (12-5-4) in the first round of the CCIW tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 6 to improve to 19-0-3 all time in the CCIW tournament.

Needing a win or a draw to clinch the CCIW’s top spot and home-field advantage in the conference tournament, Wheaton came out on top 3-1 against North Park on Saturday. A fourth-minute Viking goal put the Thunder down 1-0 for the second straight game, but senior captain Leah DeMoss knotted the score two minutes before halftime to give her team the momentum heading into the second half. Wheaton’s five seniors were honored at halftime, as it was the last regular season game for the Thunder.

Junior forward Bailey Wysocki put Wheaton on top with a 66th-minute goal off of a DeMoss assist. DeMoss collected a loose ball from a North Park throw-in and slid it to her left to Wysocki, who converted the goal from just inside the box. It was Wysocki’s team-leading ninth goal of 2013. DeMoss capped off her five-point effort with an insurance goal in the 88th minute of play to account for the 3-1 final. Sophomore midfielder Annie Wooldridge took the ball on the right touchline, cut to her left to the middle of the field and played a through-ball into the box for DeMoss, who hit it inside the far post. Wheaton outshot North Park 11-2 in the second half, after only holding a 9-7 first-half advantage.

It was a much needed bounce-back victory for a Thunder team that was coming off its first loss of the year.

“It was huge for team morale to get the win after the Millikin loss,” Wooldridge said. “Having to really work hard and earn the North Park victory was a good lesson that I think will increase and reestablish our team’s confidence in our ability to find a way to win games.”

The victory set up home field advantage for Wheaton in the CCIW tournament. Playing in the first round against Augustana, both sides battled to the tune of three shots on goal apiece, a 7-4 shot advantage for the Thunder and a 0-0 score in the first 89-and-a-half minutes of the match. The Thunder were not satisfied with waiting for overtime, however, and they finished the game in style. With 30 seconds left, DeMoss crossed the ball into the box from the left wing. Junior Anna Seabolt directed the cross into the right side of the net with a one-touch and sent her team on to the conference championship.

With the win, Wheaton advances to the CCIW championship game, which will be played at Joe Bean Stadium tomorrow night. After missing out on the No. 1 seed last season forced the Thunder to travel for the title game, they are glad to be back on their home turf this time around.

“Hosting takes away the pressure of travel, and, most of all, we just love to play at home,” Wolldridge said.

Wheaton will take on Carthage College (13-4-2), winners over Illinois Wesleyan University (12-2-6) in penalty kicks on Wednesday night, in a 7 p.m. start. The game can be followed via live Twitter updates by following @WETNSports and can be viewed streaming live online on Stretch Internet, accessible at athletics.wheaton.edu. Audio and video will also be streaming on wetn.org. were not satisfied with waiting for overtime, however, and they finished the game in style. With 30 seconds left, DeMoss crossed the ball into the box from the left wing. Junior Anna Seabolt directed the cross into the right side of the net with a one-touch and sent her team on to the conference championship.

With the win, Wheaton advances to the CCIW championship game, which will be played at Joe Bean Stadium tomorrow night. After missing out on the No. 1 seed last season forced the Thunder to travel for the title game, they are glad to be back on their home turf this time around.

“Hosting takes away the pressure of travel, and, most of all, we just love to play at home,” Wolldridge said.

Wheaton will take on Carthage College (13-4-2), winners over Illinois Wesleyan University (12-2-6) in penalty kicks on Wednesday night, in a 7 p.m. start. The game can be followed via live Twitter updates by following @WETNSports and can be viewed streaming live online on Stretch Internet, accessible at athletics.wheaton.edu. Audio and video will also be streaming on wetn.org.

Calvin Wetzel | Sports Editor

The Wheaton women’s soccer team has never officially lost a CCIW tournament match, and it plans to keep it that way. After clinching the conference regular season title with a 3-1 win over North Park University (7-8-1) on Saturday, Nov. 2, Wheaton eliminated Augustana College (12-5-4) in the first round of the CCIW tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 6 to improve to 19-0-3 all time in the CCIW tournament.

Needing a win or a draw to clinch the CCIW’s top spot and home-field advantage in the conference tournament, Wheaton came out on top 3-1 against North Park on Saturday. A fourth-minute Viking goal put the Thunder down 1-0 for the second straight game, but senior captain Leah DeMoss knotted the score two minutes before halftime to give her team the momentum heading into the second half. Wheaton’s five seniors were honored at halftime, as it was the last regular season game for the Thunder.

Junior forward Bailey Wysocki put Wheaton on top with a 66th-minute goal off of a DeMoss assist. DeMoss collected a loose ball from a North Park throw-in and slid it to her left to Wysocki, who converted the goal from just inside the box. It was Wysocki’s team-leading ninth goal of 2013. DeMoss capped off her five-point effort with an insurance goal in the 88th minute of play to account for the 3-1 final. Sophomore midfielder Annie Wooldridge took the ball on the right touchline, cut to her left to the middle of the field and played a through-ball into the box for DeMoss, who hit it inside the far post. Wheaton outshot North Park 11-2 in the second half, after only holding a 9-7 first-half advantage.

It was a much needed bounce-back victory for a Thunder team that was coming off its first loss of the year.

“It was huge for team morale to get the win after the Millikin loss,” Wooldridge said. “Having to really work hard and earn the North Park victory was a good lesson that I think will increase and reestablish our team’s confidence in our ability to find a way to win games.”

The victory set up home field advantage for Wheaton in the CCIW tournament. Playing in the first round against Augustana, both sides battled to the tune of three shots on goal apiece, a 7-4 shot advantage for the Thunder and a 0-0 score in the first 89-and-a-half minutes of the match. The Thunder were not satisfied with waiting for overtime, however, and they finished the game in style. With 30 seconds left, DeMoss crossed the ball into the box from the left wing. Junior Anna Seabolt directed the cross into the right side of the net with a one-touch and sent her team on to the conference championship.

With the win, Wheaton advances to the CCIW championship game, which will be played at Joe Bean Stadium tomorrow night. After missing out on the No. 1 seed last season forced the Thunder to travel for the title game, they are glad to be back on their home turf this time around.

“Hosting takes away the pressure of travel, and, most of all, we just love to play at home,” Wolldridge said.

Wheaton will take on Carthage College (13-4-2), winners over Illinois Wesleyan University (12-2-6) in penalty kicks on Wednesday night, in a 7 p.m. start. The game can be followed via live Twitter updates by following @WETNSports and can be viewed streaming live online on Stretch Internet, accessible at athletics.wheaton.edu. Audio and video will also be streaming on wetn.org. were not satisfied with waiting for overtime, however, and they finished the game in style. With 30 seconds left, DeMoss crossed the ball into the box from the left wing. Junior Anna Seabolt directed the cross into the right side of the net with a one-touch and sent her team on to the conference championship.

With the win, Wheaton advances to the CCIW championship game, which will be played at Joe Bean Stadium tomorrow night. After missing out on the No. 1 seed last season forced the Thunder to travel for the title game, they are glad to be back on their home turf this time around.

“Hosting takes away the pressure of travel, and, most of all, we just love to play at home,” Wolldridge said.

Wheaton will take on Carthage College (13-4-2), winners over Illinois Wesleyan University (12-2-6) in penalty kicks on Wednesday night, in a 7 p.m. start. The game can be followed via live Twitter updates by following @WETNSports and can be viewed streaming live online on Stretch Internet, accessible at athletics.wheaton.edu. Audio and video will also be streaming on wetn.org.