OLIVET, Mich. – The Adrian College women's soccer team opened Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play on Wednesday, Sep. 26 with a 2-1 win on the road at Olivet.
Final Score: Adrian 2, Olivet 1
Location: Olivet, Mich. (Olivet College Soccer Field)
Records: Adrian 4-4-1 (1-0 MIAA), Olivet 4-3-2 (0-1 MIAA)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Adrian got on the board first when junior Caroline Fleming gathered a loose ball in the box and snuck a shot into the near corner to beat the keeper in the 19th minute.
The score remained 1-0 through the rest of the half, but Olivet answered and tied the game three minutes after the break. The next 25 minutes would go scoreless, until sophomore Mya Oleksiak headed a ball in to break the tie in the 72nd minute. Oleksiak received a cross in the box from Fleming and used her head to direct it past the keeper for the game's deciding goal.
• Oleksiak and Fleming both netted goals for the Bulldogs. It was Oleksiak's second of the year and Fleming's third, bringing her tied for the team lead.
• Fleming and freshman Sabrina Weir led Adrian with four shots apiece.
• Junior goalkeeper Ayverie Giller made seven saves in the win.
• Emma Essen scored the goal for the Comets, with Abby Radcliffe notching an assist.
• Goalkeeper Samantha Gifford made two stops on the day.
"We're thrilled with the intensity that we brought to this matchup. We attacked from the opening whistle, and maybe were a bit unfortunate to have not built a bigger lead by halftime." – Head Coach Ali Alamdari
"Credit to Olivet, they made some adjustments and put us on our heels to draw level, but Ayverie came up with a big penalty save that helped turn momentum back around, and Caroline and Mya combined on a quality goal to seal it up late." – Alamdari
"Nothing can replicate a conference battle, we'll take the three ponts any way we can get them and get ready for Alma on Saturday." – Alamdari
The Bulldogs return to Docking Stadium this Saturday, Sep. 29th when they host Alma in MIAA play. The Black and Gold defeated the Scots on the road in non-conference action 1-0 earlier in the year.
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