Work ethic, belief key as UW-La Crosse women’s soccer grinds out tournament wins

UW-La Crosse women’s soccer has reached the National Round of 16 for the third time ever, and to say Eagle soccer is giving everything they’ve got for each win right now would be an understatement.

The first two rounds were back to back days over last weekend; UWL won both matches 1-nil, including a double-overtime final in the second round.

The team agrees they may not be playing their best soccer in some of these recent matches, but there’s no quit in this team. That especially applies on defense, with four shutouts in their last five matches.

“We set these expectations and goals for ourselves,” forward Sophie Amundson said. “It’s awesome to make the national tournament but that’s just part of the process of wanting to win these games.”

“We maybe didn’t play our best soccer this weekend, but I’ve never been prouder of a group in terms of commitment, battle, belief, effort,” said head coach Jason Murphy.

“We’ve been able to battle through some games where we don’t click as well,” goalkeeper Quinn Shannon said. “I think our work ethic and trust in each other has really shown through.”

The Eagles play Washington University in St. Louis this Saturday at 11 a.m. in Dubuque, Iowa.