September 27, 2012
TOPPING THE TITANS
Lewers leads UW-Milwaukee win
DETROIT, Mich. - Kelly Lewers scored the game-winner and assisted on an insurance goal in the second half to send the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women to a 2-0 win over Detroit Thursday afternoon at Titan Field.
The Panthers (2-6-1, 1-1 Horizon) snapped a school-record six-game losing streak with the win, using some offensive tenacity and a sturdy defensive effort to keep the Titans (4-5-1, 1-1 Horizon) at bay.
"I was happy for the ladies to get the result," UWM head coach Greg Henschel said. "They worked hard and took some good steps in their play in making it more disciplined and I'm happy that they got the result."
The forward combo of Lewers and Krissy Dorre did well to set up both goals, as nice passing brought the ball through the midfield. Dorre then sprung Lewers with a one-touch through ball. Lewers made a long run and inside the box, slotted a slot to the keeper's left and into the goal in the 18th minute.
After halftime, Milwaukee was on the attack for the first five minutes almost continuously, coming away with an insurance score. Again, it was Dorre playing the ball from the midfield to Lewers, who slotted it behind the defender to Kelsey Holbert, who best the keeper in the 50th minute.
Milwaukee controlled the game's possession up until the first goal, but Detroit fought forward for an equalizer. The Panthers were able to maintain the pressure and much of the rest of the half was played in the midfield. The Titans did forge a 9-3 shot advantage, but did not create much danger.
In the second half, UWM was once again the aggressors on the attack early, but was put a bit on its heels after scoring. The Panther defense did well to turn away each Titan attack, while pushing the ball forward for the offense to counter. Nora Abolins made a pair of strong saves for Detroit down the stretch to keep the team in the game.
Jamie Forbes stopped nine shots in the game and got assistance from a team save by Emily Scott. Abolins finished with four saves on the day.
The Panthers continue their road trip at Youngstown State Saturday at 11 a.m. central time.