ALLENDALE, Mich. — Grand Valley State used two first-half goals and a strong defense to shut out Wisconsin-Parkside 2-0 in the NCAA Midwest Regional Final on Friday at the GVSU Soccer Field.
The Lakers recorded their 18th shutout of the season and extended their home unbeaten streak to 51 games, while improving to 20-1-2 on the year for their fourth consecutive 20-win season.
GVSU advances to the NCAA quarterfinals on Sunday, taking on Central Region Champion Minnesota State (17-1-3) after the Mavericks advanced 5-4 on penalty kicks after playing to a one goal tie after two overtimes against Central Missouri.
Grand Valley State came out strong in the first half, taking six shots in the first 15 minutes, but Ranger keeper Michelle Girard kept the Lakers off the board.
In the 20th minute, Taylor Callen sent a long ball from left side of the box where senior Erin Hilbert headed it for the 1-0 lead. It was Hilbert’s sixth goal of the season and third game-winning goal.
Senior Ashley Botts doubled the Lakers’ lead 12 minutes later, converting a penalty kick after a Wisconsin-Parkside foul inside the box. Botts now has 16 goals on the year.
A two-goal lead at halftime is all the Lakers needed as the teams battled to a scoreless second half. Despite UWP holding a 7-6 edge in shots in the second half, they could not find the back of the net. For the game, GVSU owned a 14-8 shot advantage and took seven corners to the Rangers’ three.
Girard picked up seven saves in the loss, while senior keeper Chelsea Parise turned away four to record her 15th clean sheet of the year.
For the third consecutive season, the Lakers have defeated Wisconsin-Parkside in the NCAA tournament, picking up wins in the second round in 2011 and the third round in 2010.