The Cardinals' destiny was out of their control today as they had to wait for the results from the Ohio Dominican-Notre Dame College matchup. Notre Dame was victorious by a final score of 2-1 which enabled Saginaw Valley to remain atop the GLIAC standings.
Saginaw Valley was led this season on offense by senior Zach Myers (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern HS) who finished the season leading the GLIAC in goals (13) and points (27). Teammate Lachlan Savage (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth Salem) recorded nine goals of his own, which is fourth best in the conference.
In net for the Cardinals all season was senior Jason Wise (Troy, Mich.) as the leader of the SVSU defense which allowed just 14 goals on the year. Wise finished the season with the lowest goals-against average in the GLIAC (0.80) and is in the top 30 in Division II.
The Cardinals are currently ranked No. 24 in the country and No. 4 in the Midwest Regional rankings as the top five make it to the NCAA Championships. Head coach Cale Wassermann is currently 34-13-9 in three years at the helm of his alma mater and look to have continued success in the postseason tournaments.
"I am extremely proud of our group right now, nothing is harder than repeating a championship when you have a target on your back every game, especially this year as we added three very tough teams to the GLIAC," said Coach Wassermann.
"All year we have talked about taking it one day at a time and focusing on what is in front of us, that is what has kept us with the right mentality. We have attacked and defended as a unit all year and that can really put you in a good position to compete in every game."
The Cardinals head into the postseason on a hot streak as they have not allowed a goal in seven straight Divison II contests.
Saginaw Valley will host the 2012 GLIAC Men's Soccer Tournament as the No. 1 seed starting on Friday (Nov. 2) and commencing on Sunday (Nov. 4).