STERLING — The Southwestern College women’s soccer team picked up a big KCAC win Saturday afternoon on the road, defeating Sterling 2-0.
Their playoff hopes in peril, the Lady Builders (9-6-2, 4-5-2) could not afford to lose. They entered play on a five-game skid and barely on the brink of qualifying for the upcoming KCAC Tournament.
Southwestern came out aggressive on offense, putting the pressure on the Lady Warriors (1-16, 0-11) throughout the game.
A lot of the attack opportunities the Lady Builders saw were defended or neutralized by Sterling, but 20 minutes in senior Rylee Simon put one into the back of the net.
Less than 10 minutes before halftime, freshman Lauren Fleischer added an insurance score for a 2-0 halftime lead.
Junior Emily Sutton recorded four saves in goal for the shutout.
The Lady Builders hold the eighth and final spot to qualify for the KCAC Tournament and controls their own destiny as they head into their final game of the regular season.
Southwestern could have clinched a spot with a win or draw Tuesday against arch rival Friends, or a Tabor loss against Ottawa.
The Lady Builders are one game ahead of the Lady Bluejays for eighth place, but Ottawa holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.