Bulldogs Blank Wolverines in Home Opener

Bulldogs Blank Wolverines in Home Opener

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College women's soccer team shutout the University of Michigan-Dearborn 5-0 on Saturday, Sep. 15 in the Bulldogs' home opener.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Adrian 5, Michigan-Dearborn 0

Location: Adrian, Mich. (Docking Stadium)

Records: Adrian 2-4-1 (0-0 MIAA), Michigan-Dearborn 0-2-1 (0-0 WHAC)

HOW IT HAPPENED

It took over half an hour, but Adrian finally broke the scoreless tie on a penalty from freshman McKenna Mahoney, the first goal of her collegiate career. Less than four minutes later, Mahoney would double the Bulldogs' lead, again from the spot, giving AC a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, the Black and Gold would add to their lead again. Junior Raquel Church found the back of the net with her head, from a corner taken by sophomore Megan Louwers in the 54th minute. Louwers would net her own goal from a corner kick 10 minutes later, with junior Brooke Teska providing the assisting corner for Louwers.

Adrian's last goal came 10 minutes after the last, when sophomore Mya Oleksiak put home a cross from Teska. Junior Caroline Fleming fed Teska the ball up the left wing, who then sent a low cross to Oleksiak for the goal.

It was all Adrian in this game, with the Bulldogs outshooting the Wolverines 36-2 (19-1 on goal) and earning 18 corner kicks to UM-Dearborn's zero.

TOP DOGS

• Mahoney scored the first two goals of her career and Church and Oleksiak scored their first goals of the season.

• Louwers finished with a goal and an assist, and Teska tacked on two helpers.

THE OPPOSITION

• Jenna Rogers took both shots for the Wolverines.

• Goalkeeper Jordan Anheuser had a busy day in net, turning away 14 of the Bulldogs' shots.

QUOTABLE

"After such a long stretch on the road to start the season, we were excited to get back in front of the home fans. This was a comprehensive effort, and we're glad to have taken care of business on both ends of the field." – Head Coach Ali Alamdari

"Anytime your record isn't as strong as you'd like it can have an effect. But credit to our team for recognizing that our decision to schedule great teams will only benefit us in the long run. We've been playing some fantastic soccer lately, but just needed to be more clinical in the box like we were today." – Alamdari

UP NEXT

The Bulldogs hit the road to play Alma in a non-conference match on Wednesday, Sep. 19 before opening conference play a week later at Olivet. Adrian's next home game is scheduled for Saturday, Sep. 29 when Alma comes to town at noon.

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