MILWAUKEE --- University of St. Francis' women's soccer team guaranteed the program its first regular season of finishing .500 or better in nine years as senior forward Debbie Rios' goal at the 13:20 mark of the opening half held up in the Saints' 1-0 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Cardinal Stritch University Saturday afternoon. | Box Score
Rios' game-winner also netted USF (9-3, 3-2) its third straight league victory and gave the program its most wins since the 2003 season when that team went 12-6-3.
Junior midfielder Brooke Polus (Crown Point, Ind./ Lake Central) provided the assist on Rios' team-leading seventh goal of the season. For Polus, it was her second assist of the season.
Coming into the game, Rios (Joliet, Ill./ Joliet West) was tied for the team lead in goals with sophomore forward Liceth Robles (Chicago/ Lane Tech) with each netting six tallies.
USF's defense was spectacular again limiting Cardinal Stritch to just two shots, neither of which was on goal. The Saints have now gone three straight games without allowing a goal with junior Amanda Coleman (Lockport, Ill. / Lockport) posting all three shutouts. Coleman now has four shutouts on the season and lowered her goals against average to 0.81.
The Saints will look to keep both their victory and shutout strings alive on Wednesday (7 p.m.) when they host Illinois Institute of Technology in a CCAC tilt at Joliet Memorial Stadium.