Senior goalkeeper Monica Noti won her 35th career soccer match Saturday in a 5-1 victory over Dubuque.
Noti surpassed Christina Ernst on the school’s all-time wins list.
“I guess I never really thought about it until [assistant coach]Kyle [Nelson] told me,” Noti said.
“It’s kinda cool but we’re more worried about the team and how we’re gonna go out from here.”
Noti made three saves and gave up one goal in Wartburg’s victory.
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The Knights controlled the game from the opening kick and it only took them 15 minutes to find the back of the net as Rachel Torry put home her second of the season.
Two minutes later, Cathy Reiter’s shot skipped off Dubuque goalkeeper Chelsea Hawkins’ hands and trickled across the line for a 2-0 Knight lead.
With just over five minutes to play in the first half, Brittany Frush scored her first goal of the season, assisted by Kaylee Benning and Brinkley Werkman to give Wartburg a 3-0 halftime lead.
Dubuque looked like they were going to make a close game out of it when Alexandra Watkins scored early in the first half to cut the defecit to two.
Reiter answered ten minutes later for her second goal of the game and sixth of the season to put all doubts of a comeback aside.
“It’s all with the help of my teammates. It’s just a good feeling to start conference play,” Reiter said of her two-goal performance.
Benning added a fifth and final goal, her seventh of the season, in the 89th minute to give the Knights a 5-1 victory.
“We’re getting there. I think we’ve made some really great strides,” head coach Tiffany Pins said of the team’s progression so far this season.
“We have some really tough games ahead of us so there’s definitely room to grow and we’re excited about the direction we’re going.”
The Knights outshot their opponents 30-9 including an 18-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Wartburg also had a big advantage in corner kicks as they earned twelve compared to just one for the Spartans.
“It’s very exciting. We’ve been really looking forward to conference play so to come out with a strong win today was exciting,” Reiter said.
Conference play opened around the IIAC Saturday as Central defeated Luther, 1-0, Simpson beat Coe, 1-0 and Loras took down Buena Vista, 4-0.
Pins said it will take consistency from the Knights to win a conference championship.
“If we can come in day in and day out like we did today for 90 minutes we’re going to have a good season.”
Wartburg (6-1-2) hosts UW-Whitewater (5-3) Sunday at 2 p.m.
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IOWA CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER STANDINGS
Central (1-0, 8-2)
Simpson (1-0, 7-2)
Wartburg (1-0, 6-1-2)
Loras (1-0, 6-3)
Buena Vista (0-1, 8-1-1)
Coe (0-1, 5-3-1)
Luther (0-1, 4-4-1)
Dubuque (0-1, 2-5-1)