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Roundup: No. 1 Lakers escape with 1-0 win

No. 1 Grand Valley State 1, Ohio Dominican 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Grand Valley State extended its shutout streak to five matches with a 1-0 victory against Great Lakes Intercolliate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Ohio Dominican on Sunday afternoon.

The first half was a challenge for the No. 1 Lakers, who were outshot in the opening frame for the first time this season. Ohio Dominican managed to take five shots, two of which had to be stopped by senior goalkeeper Abbey Miller, and yielded just three.

GVSU came out with a sense of urgency for the final 45 minutes of regulation, though, and quickly gained momentum.

Junior forward Jenny Shaba, who took five of the Lakers' nine shots, continued to apply pressure on the Ohio Dominican backline. In the 68th minute, Shaba's persistence finally paid off. She easily finished off a perfect crossing pass from Katie Bounds to give GVSU a 1-0 lead.

It was the second consecutive match in which Shaba scored the game-winning goal for the Lakers.

The goal gave GVSU's defense quite a lift as well. The Lakers held Ohio Dominican without a shot for the final 22 minutes to secure their fourth win of the season. The victory elevated Grand Valley State's record to 4-0-1 overall and to 2-0-0 in GLIAC play.

This marks just the second time in program history that GVSU has posted shutouts in its opening five matches. The only other time it happened was back in 2006, when the Lakers held their first six opponents without a goal and went on to play in the national championship game.

No. T8 Minnesota State-Mankato 3, Minnesota-Crookston 0

CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Three different Mavericks found the back of net and six recorded at least a point as eighth-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato remained unblemished in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action with a 3-1 win against Minnesota-Crookston on Sunday afternoon at the UMC Soccer Field.

MSU improves to 5-1-0 overall, 3-0-0 in the NSIC and extends its conference unbeaten streak to 23 matches, tied for 17th longest in NCAA Division II history. Minnesota, Crookston drops to 2-4-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the circuit.

The first half saw strong defensive play from both squads who totaled just eight combined shots through the first 45 minutes. In the half's waning minutes, Minnesota State broke the deadlock courtesy of freshman Maddy Smith who rose above the Golden Eagle defense and headed a ball past UMC freshman Lexie Gauger to give the Mavericks a one-goal lead at the break. The marker was the first of Smith's collegiate career, while sophomore Emily Erickson was credited with her first career assist on the play.

Minnesota State picked up right where it left off in the 56th minute increasing the lead to 2-0 when junior Rebecca Pederson got loose on a long breakaway and beat Gauger for her first goal as a Maverick as sophomore Korey Kronforst tallied her team-leading third assist. Senior Tori Meinhardt joined the act with her first goal of the season in the 70th minute to extend the Purple and Gold cushion to three. However, the Golden Eagles would avoid the shutout in the 87th minute when freshman Kallie Gau bested junior goalkeeper Molly McGough to complete the 3-1 final.

Freshman Kiana Nickel also added an assist in the victory. McGough garnered one save on the day, while Gauger registered a match-high two saves for UMC.