ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Milwaukee women's soccer team scored a third goal right before the halftime horn and cruised from there, putting together a 4-0 victory Saturday evening at the OU Athletic Dome.
The Panthers (12-0-3, 4-0-2 Horizon League) got a pair of goals from McKaela Schmelzer to pace the offense against the Golden Grizzlies (2-12-1, 2-4-0 Horizon League), while also posting their 11th shutout of the season on defense.
The victory extends UWM's school-record unbeaten streak to 15 games and also marks the team's seventh win in a row on the road this fall.
"Tonight was a good team win," head coach Troy Fabiano said. "I thought we had a good week of training and it really carried over into tonight's game. The entire team was focused and gave great energy and effort."
It was a slow start to the night for the Panther offense, but once they found their groove, the ball kept finding the back of the net.
Schmelzer tallied her first of the night off a corner kick, heading in Jen Eberhardy's effort at the 35:09 mark to make it 1-0.
Less than four minutes later, Saebryn Peel tallied her first goal of the season, assisted on the goal by Aubrey Krahn.
Milwaukee grabbed another in the first half, with Schmelzer sending in an Eberhardy free kick as the horn sounded. The goal was good and UWM took a 3-0 lead into the locker room.
The defense really buckled down in the second half, with Mallory Geurts needing just one save on the night to record her 11th shutout of the season – tops in the nation. The Panthers actually did not allow a shot in the second half, all while subbing freely down the stretch. In all, 23 different players saw the field, with six players recording points.
The scoring wasn't quite done, with Mackenzie Schill finding the back of the net off an assist from Maddie Tetzke at the 69:31 mark. The goal was her sixth of the season.
For the contest, Milwaukee ended with advantages of 12-to-3 in shots and 6-to-2 in corner kicks. Schmelzer had a game-high four shots, all of which were on goal.
It's a big game in the Horizon League standings next, as UWM welcomes league-newcomer IUPUI to Engelmann Stadium Wednesday evening. The Jaguars currently sit in first place with a 6-0 league mark, with the Panthers close behind at 4-0-2.