On Thursday the Whitewater Whippet Soccer Team hosted and defeated Wisconsin Lutheran 6-1 in the first round of the 2018 WIAA soccer playoffs. The depth of the number seven seed Whippets, 5-4-3 overall, proved too much for the tenth seed visiting Vikings, 2-9-0. However, the Whippets started slow and gave up a goal in the second minute of play scored by Zoe Buske. The Whippets Jaden Henneman quickly responded with a goal to tie the match. Ten minutes later Meikayla Korf found the back of the net to place the Whippets up 2-1 where the score remained until the second the half. The Whippets came out strong in the second half with exceptional midfield play allowing the Whippets to maintain a press in the Vikings half of the field. Late in the second half the Whippets were able to outpace the tiring Vikings and put up four additional goals to finish 6-1. Crystal Chan scored on an assist by Kacie Carollo at the 72-minute mark. Quickly thereafter Jaden Henneman scored her second goal of the night on a shot that rebounded of a Viking defender. In the 81st minute Sierra Brunner scored by following Kacie Carollo’s shot that rebounded off the goal post, and then in the 83rd Sierra Brunner scored again on an assist by Carollo. In addition to the strong midfield play was a solid performance by defenders Abby Center, Hannah O’Brien, Brianna Zimdars, Liz Rodriguez, and Melanie Reyes. The Whippets will need a much faster start to the game when facing Grafton on Saturday when traveling to Concordia University for a 5:00 pm match.