ADRIAN, Mich. - The Adrian College women's soccer team played a very crisp and precise match on Monday night under the lights at Performance Stadium capturing a 5-1 win over Olivet in the conference opener for both squads. It was the 12th straight victory by the Bulldogs over the Comets. Junior Erin Weide flexed her muscle in the contest with two goals and an assist. She now has four goals in four matches this season.
"I was very pleased with how we played all 90 minutes tonight," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "Weide among others came out with a lot of energy and put pressure on Olivet's back line. We played well together and anticipated very well. It was a great start to the MIAA season, but now we focus on an extremely good Hope College team on Thursday."
Senior Sam Barker got Adrian off and running at the 17:00 mark for her third goal of the season from Weide. Barker took the ball from around 15 yards out in the middle of the field and beat the keeper lower right corner. In just 2:31 later, Weide took a feed from Barker and chipped the ball over the keeper after a deflection also from around 15 yards.
Senior Abby Doebel got her first goal of the year unassisted at 28:20 after her initial shot was saved and she then hit the rebound on a lob over the keeper's head from around 20 yards in the middle of the field. After intermission, Weide scored again at 57:59 after Olivet cut the deficit to 3-1 on a Jenna Mayle header. Freshman Sofia Farah had a beautiful through ball covering around 30 yards on the ground as Weide caught up in stride and finished from around 17 yards.
Junior Ellery Karsten finished the scoring at 87:04 unassisted off a corner set. Karsten hit a lob shot with perfect touch over the keeper's hands and under the crossbar from the left wing at around 30 yards. Adrian owned a 14-5 edge in shots on goal with Barker and Weide taking three each. Sophomores Lexi Lewandowski and Taylor Royce each played a half in net with Lewandowski getting the start and earning the win needing just one save. Royce made three saves in the last 45 minutes of action.