UNIVERSITY CENTER - Playing in just its second home match of the 2014 season, the 18th-ranked Saginaw Valley State University women's soccer team remained unbeaten after posting a 2-1 GLIAC victory over the visiting Ashland University Eagles on Friday afternoon (10/3).
The Lady Cardinals wasted little time putting a crooked number up on the scoreboard. At the 2:10 mark, sophomore Jenny Goethals broke in front of the defense and deposited the ball into the top-left corner of the net, putting SVSU up 1-0. It was her second goal of the season.
The Eagles responded just under 10 minutes later, as Morgan Bittengle scored a goal at the 11:19 marker to knot the score at 1-1.
Sophomore Ashley Henderson would extend the Cardinal lead, however, at the 19:28 mark when she beat the keeper in the top-right corner of the net with her team-leading fourth goal to make the score 2-1.
That 2-1 score is what would stand headed into the halftime break for the teams. The teams had to deal with adverse conditions, as heavy rain throughout the night and morning made for a wet and sloppy field of play.
Both teams posted five shots in the opening 45 minutes of play, with each goalkeeper making one save.
The second half featured more action, as Saginaw Valley got-off eight more shots and Ashland four. Neither team could sneak one past the other's respective keeper, however, and the end result was a 2-1 score and a conference victory for the Lady Cardinals.
The victory improves SVSU to 6-0-2 overall in 2014 and it keeps them atop the GLIAC standings with a 4-0-1 league record. The Eagles fall to 4-4-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the GLIAC.
SVSU sophomore goalkeeper Claire Spleth picked-up another victory in net for the Cards, improving to 6-0-2 on the year as well. She made three saves and leads the GLIAC in save percentage (.935) and goals-against-average (.36).
The Lady Cardinals continue GLIAC play at home for the weekend, as they host Lake Erie College on Sunday (10/5) in a match that is set to begin at noon.
"I'm very proud of the girls today. They worked extremely hard in tough conditions," said SVSU head coach Michael O'Neill. "I'm also pleased the hard work we demonstrated was rewarded with another 3 points on the board. Looking forward to Sunday and another tough opponent in Lake Erie College"