ALLENDALE, Mich. – No. 2 Grand Valley State tallied two goals in an eight-minute stretch to snap a 1-1 tie to down No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic State 3-1.
The Lakers extend their home unbeaten streak to 38 games dating back to Nov. 21, 2008, while also improving their home opening record to 13-4.
Grand Valley State wasted little time finding the back of the net as senior forward Kayla Addison took advantage of a one-on-one chance in the box and fired her shot to the lower right corner to give GVSU a 1-0 lead just 1:51 into the game.
Armstrong answered back in the 20th minute taking advantage of a slight misstep in the Laker defense. Kristina Pascutti sent her shot to the lower left corner to knot the score 1-1.
The teams battled for the next 10 minutes with the Pirates tallying three shots to the Lakers’ four. However, it was GVSU that would strike again as senior forward Ashley Botts knocked in her first goal of the season at 30:11.
Grand Valley State added on one more goal in the first half when senior Maria Brown crossed a ball in front of the goal line that found its way into the lower right corner past keeper Meghan Mayville for a 3-1 lead.
GVSU outshot the Pirates 13-5 in the first half while also taking four corner kicks to Armstrong’s one.
The second half was quite different as the teams combined for just nine shots in the last 45 minutes. The Laker defense did not back down when the Pirates went on the attack.
For the game, GVSU keeper senior Chelsea Parise picked up four saves. Armstrong’s Mayville got tagged with the loss, picking up three saves.
Botts had six of the Lakers’ 18 shots while Pascutti fired six of the Pirates’ nine.