ALLENDALE, Mich. — No. 3 Grand Valley State posted a goal in each half to pick up a 2-0 victory against Findlay in its final regular season home game of the season on Sunday afternoon at the GVSU Soccer Field.
The win gives the Lakers a perfect 14-0 record in the GLIAC, marking the first time since 2008 that the program tallied 14 conference wins. GVSU also extends its unbeaten streak to 35 games and posted its seventh consecutive shutout. Findlay falls to 6-8-1 on the season and 5-6-2 in the GLIAC.
Senior Erin Mruz had a hand in both goals, moving her to the top of the GVSU record book with 43 career assists.
GVSU struck in the 23rd minute when Mruz crossed the ball from the right side to junior Maria Brown who headed the ball into the net. The goal was the eighth of the season for Brown and her first game-winning goal.
Findlay pressured the Laker defense firing off the five first-half shots, the most since Saginaw Valley, which tallied three. The Oilers had their best chance of the game in the 39th minute when a shot by Megan Gallaway was heading towards the left corner, but GVSU keeper Chelsea Parise made the save.
Freshman Charlie Socia tallied the Lakers second goal at the 48:26 mark on a header. Junior Ashley Botts deflected Mruz’s corner kick back to her on the right side of the box. Mruz then lofted the ball to Socia who landed her third goal of the season.
The Lakers held a 26-9 advantage in shots, including an 11-4 margin on goal. GVSU also held an 8-2 edge in corner kicks, giving up a corner kick for the first time in 232 minutes. A very aggressive Findlay keeper, Alicia Tutino picked up nine saves in the loss, while Parise notched three in the winning effort for the Lakers.
No. 2 Abilene Christian 2, Texas A&M-Commerce 0
COMMERCE, Texas – Abilene Christian will play host to the upcoming Lone Star Conference soccer championships after clinching the No. 1 seed behind a 2-0 win at A&M-Commerce on Sunday afternoon.
The victory lifted the No. 2 Wildcats’ overall record to 15-0-1 while improving their conference mark to 11-0-1, keeping them nine points ahead of second-place Midwestern State with two matches remaining.
After playing through a scoreless first half in which the two sides combined for 11 shots and four saves, the Wildcats finally hit paydirt early in the second frame on Andrea Carpenter’s 12th goal of the season in the 50th minute. Krysta Grimm made it a 2-0 match after booting in ACU’s first penalty kick attempt in the 70th minute.
The shutout was ACU’s ninth of the year, and sixth for goalkeeper Elliott London who improved to 14-0.
The Wildcats have won a program-best 10 consecutive matches following a 1-1 tie vs. Incarnate Word on Sept. 16, and their unbeaten streak now stands at 21 with their last loss taking place at Commerce on Oct. 29, 2010. Two more victories and ACU will tie last year’s program win total of 17 (17-3-1).
No. 5 Minnesota-State Mankato 0, Upper Iowa 0 (2OT)
MANKATO, Minn. — Upper Iowa fought for 110 minutes and came away from its road match against fifth-ranked Minnesota-State Mankato with another point in the NSIC standings. The Peacocks and Mavericks played to a 0-0 tie which pushed UIU’s record to 6-7-3 overall and 4-4-3 in the NSIC, while MSU moved to 13-1-2 overall and 10-0-1 in the conference.
The draw gives Upper Iowa 15 points in the standings and puts the Peacocks in eighth place in the standings with two matches to play.
The Mavericks outshot the Peacocks by a 29-13 count, but UIU made their attempts count putting eight attempts on frame. However, Minnesota-State Mankato goalie Brianna Hendricks made all eight saves to thwart the Peacock’s offensive attack. UIU also hit the post on one attempt, as they failed to push a shot over the goal line.
Amanda Smith and the Peacock defense were even more impressive denying the MSU offense a score despite facing 15 shots on goal. Smith made all 15 saves for the Peacocks to hold the Mavericks off the scoreboard.
Kelsey Taldone put four shots on goal for the Peacocks to lead the attack, while Brianne West took 6 shots to lead the Maverick attack.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.