Ten months ago, sophomore forward Madison Astgen was undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL. Saturday evening, she was leading her fourth-seeded Wartburg team into the Iowa Conference semifinals with the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over fifth-seeded Coe.
“She’s been awesome,” Wartburg head coach Tiffany Pins said. “She’s not even a year out from her surgery…so she’s just really getting into the swing of things”.
Astgen put the Knights on the board just before halftime in the 43rd minute with a beautiful strike from outside the box that bounced off the corner post and into the goal. Alyssa Hewitt was credited with the assist.
Wartburg had plenty of chances to score throughout the match and outpaced the Kohawks in shots on goal, 15-2. MJ Winterer was credited with 14 saves on the evening for Coe.
“Their keeper had a great game,” Pins said. “She’s a quick, little keeper.”
Beth Crow recorded her seventh shutout of the season for the Knights, who improve to 10-5-4 overall on the season.
With the win, the Knights will advance to the Iowa Conference semifinals and travel to meet top-seeded Dubuque (15-4) Wednesday. The Spartans won 1-0 in OT during the regular season.
The Knights must survive and advance in the Iowa Conference tournament to keep their Division III playoff hopes alive.
“As long as we can continue to play at our level than we can come out victorious,” Pins said.