No. 5 Saint Leo rolls by Thomas
Roundup: Grand Valley St. records fifth consecutive shutout
THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- Fifth-ranked Saint Leo took to the road to take on Thomas in non-conference action and picked up a 4-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.
The Lions improve their record to 12-1-1 overall, while the Nighthawks drop to 7-6-1 on the season.
Saint Leo held a 2-0 advantage after the first half, thanks to two quick goals mid-way through the stanza. Ari Foreman tallied the first goal of the afternoon off of a dual-assist from Aija Bent-Trinder and Dari Alcantara in the 22nd minute to put the Lions up 1-0. Two minutes later Alcantara netted the game-winner, thanks to an assist from Foreman at the 23:36 mark.
The Nighthawks turned up the intensity in the beginning of the second half, but Sanit Leo goalkeeper Laura Carstens kept Thomas off of the scoreboard, setting aside shots when it counted most.
Cassie Barbaresi extended the Lions' lead to 3-0 with a lofty shot from long range, catching the Thomas defense off guard and by floating a strike over TU goalkeeper Deanna Rivet and into the bottom left corner in the 53rd minute.
Thomas was finally able to capitalize on an offensive opportunity late in the contest, finding the back of the net in the 80th minute thanks to Kayla Labbe who sent a pass to Jodi Wright for a hard shot past Carstens, who was caught away from the net.
The Lions pushed their advantage back to three goals once more, placing a ball between the posts with a little over a minute to go in regulation. Pia Soesemann crossed the ball from the far right over to Lise Nisja on the opposite side of the box. Nisja was able to collect and pop the ball over to Stephanie Marran, who fired a hard shot into the bottom right corner of the frame to secure the Lions' 4-1 victory.
No. 2 Abilene Christian 2, Angelo State 1 (OT)
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A pair of late goals from senior Ashley Holton combined with a season-best 11 saves from goalkeeper Elliott London kept second-ranked Abilene Christian's winning streak alive at nine matches, following a 2-1 comeback victory against Angelo State on Sunday afternoon.
The victory improved the Wildcats' season and conference records to 13-0-1 and 9-0-1, respectively, while the Rambelles fell to 5-8-2 (4-5-2 LSC).
Angelo State scored on its first shot of the match in the 10th minute after Lauren Carenes finished a loose ball in front of the net. It was her second goal of the year and gave the Rambelles a 1-0 lead.
Abilene Christian evened the score at 1-1 when Holton punched in the equalizer in the 72nd minute off an assist from defender Lexi Stirling, her third of the season.
Holton then won the match in overtime with a strike in the 100th minute, gaining control of the ball from relief goalkeeper Danielle Edwards with 15 seconds remaining in the first overtime. Holton's goals were her fourth and fifth of the season, giving her 13 points.
ASU fired 14 shots on the day but could only tally one goal against London whose save percentage jumped to .913 as a result of Sunday's effort. London made a strong stand near the end of regulation when ASU's Hanna Horeis fired off two strong shots on goal against her.
No. 3 Grand Valley State 3, Michigan Tech 0
HOUGHTON, Mich. -- No. 3 Grand Valley State ended its five-game road swing by capturing a 3-0 victory against Michigan Tech on Sunday afternoon at Sherman Field.
With its fifth consecutive shutout, GVSU is now 13-0-2 overall and 12-0 in the GLIAC, remaining in first place in the league. Michigan Tech drops to 5-8-1 on the season and 3-8-1 in conference play.
The Lakers tallied two goals in the first half while limiting the Huskies to just one shot in the opening 45 minutes. Junior Ashley Botts scored the game-winning goal at 36:01 off a pass from sophomore Tayler Ward, beating the goalie with a low shot into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Junior Kayla Addison scored just two minutes later off her own rebounded shot. Michigan Tech goalkeeper Mary Beth Spoehr turned away Addison’s initial shot, but Botts got the rebound and passed it to Addison, who fired her 11th goal of the season into the net.
In the 59th minute, Botts posted her second goal of the game for her fourth multi-goal game of the season. Just like her opening goal, Botts received a pass, this time from Addison, to beat the goalie and find the lower corner of the net.
For the game, GVSU out shot Michigan Tech 13-8, while holding a 4-0 margin in corner kicks. Junior Chelsea Parise posted three saves in her eighth shutout of the season for the Lakers, while Spoehr turned away three shots as well for the Huskies.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.