ADRIAN, Mich. - Senior Sam Barker and freshman Carlin O'Malley each scored a goal and the Adrian College defense did the rest in a 2-1 victory over Grove City College in the team's home opener on Friday afternoon. The Wolverines had the first great scoring chance of the match at the 28:32 mark as Sam Weber ripped a shot off the crossbar. Adrian transitioned into a scoring chance of their own as Barker shot from about 14 yards out between Wolverine defenders with her left foot from the middle of the field. Her shot found the lower right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead unassisted at 28:55.
"Sam made a great set of moves and then to finish with her off foot was really why she is a special talent," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "That goal coming right after a great chance by Grove City seemed to spark our team."
The Bulldogs added to their lead early in the second half as Erin Weide took a corner kick and drove it into the 18-yard area. The Wolverines could not clear the ball and Ellery Karsten lifted the ball towards net where O'Malley connected from about nine yards out for her first collegiate goal.
Grove City cut the deficit in half at the 61:50 mark off an Adrian turnover. Weber fired a long ball from about 25 yards with Jordyn White on the assist for her second goal of the season. The Adrian defense clamped down and allowed just two shots on goal for the remainder of the match.
"That's a big win for us, Grove City made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year and you could see they were pretty talented throughout the attack with basically the entire 2012 team returning. Overall it's been a successful non-conference season for us, but we are fully aware that it's an entirely different season when Olivet comes to town on Monday," said Alamdari.
Lexi Lewandowski made six saves for the Bulldogs. Adrian had five shots on goal and 16 total shots for the match.