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Waldorf drops regular-season finale to Bellevue

By Aaron Schneider

FOREST CITY – The Waldorf College women’s soccer team fell short in a 3-1 loss to Bellevue University during Friday’s North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) match-up and regular-season finale.

Betsy Fischenich scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Bruins (11-3, 3-1), who are receiving votes in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) poll.

Brittney Thornton provided the lone goal for the Warriors (3-14, 0-4). The junior forward from Denver currently leads the team with seven goals on the season.

Thirty-six minutes into the contest, Fischenich deflected a pass from Jordan Seidel to give Bellevue the lead.

Thornton evened the score with the equalizer four minutes into the second period. Freshman Deborah Nivyimana contributed the assist on the score, setting up Thornton for a one-on-one situation. Thornton was able to maneuver past the goalkeeper to bring the match to a tie.

During the 62nd minute, it was Fischenich setting up Seidel this time around. Seidel’s shot was nearly saved in front of the goal, but was deflected into the net to put the Bruins in front.

Bellevue added an insurance goal as Fischenich capitalized off a pass from Madison Lambert with less than nine minutes remaining. Fischenich has 29 points on the season with 11 goals and seven assists.

Junior Charlotte Madrid started in net for Waldorf. She faced 10 shots and tallied seven saves.

The Bruins outshot the Warriors 32-3 while also holding a 10-1 advantage for shots on target. Thornton attempted two shots for Waldorf, which also received a shot from senior Cassidy Ogden.

Following the match, Victoria ArenasAshley CarmichaelStephanie FriasLaura Moore and Ogden were honored on Senior Day for their contributions to Waldorf’s program.

With the final season now complete, the Warriors now shift their focus to next week’s NSAA Tournament, which will be hosted by the University of Jamestown at Jamestown, North Dakota.

The NSAA tournament begins next Thursday with a play-in match. Semifinal matches are scheduled for Friday and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 8. Official seedings and match-ups will be announced next week.