ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College (17-5) and Alma College (18-3-1) women's soccer teams vied for their first MIAA Tournament Championship today (Nov. 5) on a crisp and sunny day at Performance Stadium. With both teams presenting stifling defenses all game long, the Scots took advantage of a rare opportunity early in the second half to capture the lone goal of the game for the 1-0 victory.
At the 49:43 mark, Alma's Carly Reising took a nice shot from 20 yards out that was denied by Adrian's junior keeper Chayna Wallace who managed to put a hand on the attempt that was placed directly over her head. The ball would bounce back on the field of play and the Scots' Annette Stromberg placed a well-timed shot to the right high post for the score.
Adrian had to earn every opportunity that included a few chances. In the 11th minute of the first half, sophomore Sam Barker made a well-executed cross to freshman Erin Weide who would place a nice header that was stopped by Alma's goalie Morgan Waier.
Another close call came in the 69th minute when sophomore Alanna Chambry checked in the match and made a nifty move in the box but could not get a clean shot off. Seven minutes later junior Courtney Pomeroy made a shot to the right post from the left wing but it was blocked by one of Alma's defenders.
Wallace garnered three saves for the game. Alma held a slight 8-7 shot advantage for the contest.
With the win, the Scots earn an automatic qualifier spot for this year's NCAA Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs will have to wait until Monday (Nov. 7) at 1:30 p.m. EST when the field of 62 teams for the tournament will be announced to see if they have earned an at-large bid. Follow the updates here.