ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Strong winds and rain are conditions Grand Valley State is used to playing in. Once again, the top-seeded Lakers overcame sloppy weather to defeat Rockhurst 5-0 and advance to the Midwest Regional Championship match.
Freshman forward Erika Bradfield put GVSU on the board early, which enabled it to play stout defense while going into the wind. Bradfield drove home a rebounded shot by junior midfielder Charlie Socia in the sixth minute to give the Lakers a 1-0 edge.
With the wind at its back in the second stanza, GVSU took advantage by notching four goals in less than 12 minutes.
In the 54th minute, Bradfield sent a shot toward the front of the net and had it re-direct off of a Rockhurst defender for an own goal. A little more than four minutes later, junior forward Jenny Shaba scored on a pass from Socia to make it 3-0.
Shaba scored for a second time in the 65th minute thanks to a long pass from Bradfield, beat goalkeeper Ali Wallner one on one with a hard shot into the middle of the goal.
Just 30 seconds later, freshman midfielder Marti Corby blasted a shot from the middle of the box past Wallner to cap the Lakers' scoring.
The victory brings GVSU's overall record to 20-0-1 and extends its winning streak to 20 matches. The Lakers have now played 63 consecutive home matches without a loss, which is the longest streak in NCAA Division II history.
GVSU will hit the road next Friday and face the winner of the Quincy-Wisconsin-Parkside regional semifinal match. The site for the game has yet to be determined.