Cardinals Fall to #2 Grand Valley in GLIAC Championship Match

Cardinals Fall to #2 Grand Valley in GLIAC Championship Match

ALLENDALE -- The Saginaw Valley State University women's soccer team fell 4-1 to Grand Valley in the Championship Match of the GLIAC Soccer Tournament.

The Cardinals end the 2019 season as GLIAC Tournament Runner-Ups. Two seniors, Tarnaski and Vanderhoff, were selected to receive All-Tournament Team honors along with freshman defender Autumn Kloha.

The Cardinals were first to get on the scoreboard as Sakura Bals found the back of the net on a pass from Jennifer Muana just 30 seconds into the first half. The Cardinals held Lakers off the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half as Alyssa Watts and the Cardinal defense kept 10 Laker scoring opportunities out of the net.

After the half, Grand Valley came out with a new game plan and their strategy worked as the Lakers scored two goals in a seven minute period taking a 2-1 lead. The Cardinal defense did what they could to stave off the attacking Lakers but GV would score again at the 58' mark to extend their lead, 3-1. The Lakers put the final goal in past the Cardinal defense at the 69' mark to put GVSU up, 4-1, this score held true through the end of the second half giving GVSU the win over the Cardinals.

Inside the Boxscore:

  • Sakura Bals goal was her sixth of the year and was the Cardinals one goal in the match.
  • Jennifer Muana led the Cardinals with 3 shots, with two on goal, in the match which brought her total for the season to 46. She also had the assist on the Cardinals first half game leading goal.
  • Molly Vanderhoff had two shots with one on goal.
  • Alyssa Watts took the loss in net, working 90:00 between the posts for the Cardinals and made four saves. 

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The Lady Cardinals sit at 12-7-0 overall and 7-2 in GLIAC play for the season. It is unlikely that the team will earn an at-large bid for the 2019 NCAA Tournament, as SVSU did not appear in the most-recent Midwest Regional rankings. The Cardinals graduate eight seniors including: Abby Divozzo, Valentina Giambanco, Allison Sims, Hannah Tarnaski, Jennifer Muana, Whitney Fleming, Brianna Bishop, and Molly Vanderhoff.