Nov. 21, 2008

A crafty veteran knew what to do to help her team to advance to the national quarterfinals in the NCAA Division II women's soccer tournament. Meredith Novak, who has come up big all post-season, took a free kick after a Grand Valley State foul. She quickly kicked the ball before the Lakers were set, resulting in the only goal of the game.

Novak's goal came at 68:11.

The Rangers ousted the Lakers, who were ranked No. 1 in the country all season, winning a regional championship in the process. UW-Parkside beat Grand Valley, 1-0, on its own turf in Allendale, Michigan, Friday afternoon.

The Rangers are now 18-0-2 overall which includes a 5-0-2 road record. Grand Valley State ended its season with its only blemish at 22-1.

UW-Parkside will next play Metro State (Noon CST), which beat Regis, 2-1, in overtime, in Allendale, prior to the Ranger-Laker tilt. The winner of the UW-Parkside Metro State winner will advance to the NCAA II Final Four which will be held in Tampa, Florida, the weekend of Dec. 5.

Ranger goalkeeper Cassie Glodowski made a career high in saves with seven in the milestone win over Grand Valley State. UW-Parkside put five shots on net.

This is the farthest any UW-Parkside soccer team has advanced in the national tournament. In 2003, the Rangers lost their first-ever NCAA tournament game versus Grand Valley State at Grand Valley State. In 2004, the Rangers returned the favor at Wood Road Field, beating the Lakers in the opening round at Wood Road Field, before falling to Ashland in the second round, also at Somers.