Lawrence University forward Keli Muchowski gets a hug from teammate Anita Babbitt and a pat on the back from Casey Merkle (10) after scoring the only goal in the Vikings’ 1-0 win over Ripon College on Wednesday. (Paul Wilke photo)

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University women’s soccer team rode a great defensive effort to a 1-0 Midwest Conference┬ávictory over rival Ripon College on Wednesday at Whiting Field West.

Keli Muchowski scored the game’s lone goal in the 70th minute to provide the winning margin for Lawrence (5-7-1, 3-3-1 MWC).

Lawrence goalkeeper Dani Glass made 10 saves, including a spectacular save off a shot at point-blank range. Defender Amanda Ollerer headed another ball away that was headed for the back of the net.

Lawrence defender Genna Matt did a superlative job on Ripon star forward Brandi Peltier. Marking Peltier one-on-one, Matt held Peltier to two shots on goal, and one of those shots came off a free kick.

Lawrence got the lone goal when freshman Casey Merkle took a ball from the right sideline and dribbled toward the penalty box. She found an open Muchowski, who rifled the ball past Ripon goalkeeper Sidney Blodgett at the 69:36 mark.

Blodgett made seven saves for Ripon (8-6-1, 4-3-1), which saw its hopes of a Midwest Conference Tournament berth dealt a serious blow by the loss.

Lawrence returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Grinnell College.

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