ADRIAN, Mich. - The women's soccer team used a big first half en route to a 5-1 win over rival Trine University on Wednesday night in MIAA action. Adrian improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the MIAA and defeated the Thunder for the 12th straight time.
Senior Sam Barker and junior Ellery Karsten played a wonderful two-person attack each scoring two goals and each assisting on the other's goals. Karsten got Adrian on the board at the 3:08 mark with her second goal of the season from Barker. Barker's touch pass went right to the foot of Karsten who buried the shot from around 23 yards in the middle of the field.
Barker notched her fifth goal of the season at 14:53 from Karsten as a through ball to Barker was finished just inside the left post from 15 yards. Trine cut the lead to 2-1 just 45 seconds later as Jamie McCarrell scored her first of the year on a misplay by two Bulldogs. The ball went aimlessly over the goal line with little momentum.
Karsten's second of the match came at 16:07 from Barker as she chipped the ball over the keeper's head from 20 yards. Barker's second of the night came at 22:43 again from Karsten on a through ball with a chip over keeper from inside 10 yards.
Senior Abby Doebel concluded the scoring at 33:32 with her third of the season from senior Haley Smith. Doebel's half volley under the crossbar from 10 yards put the match well out of reach. Adrian used sophomore Lexi Lewandowski in the first half and she made two saves. Sophomore Taylor Royce played in the second half and made one save. Adrian finished with 12 shots on goal and 23 total shots.
"We talked before the game about having a professional approach and I think the girls demonstrated that very well in the first half," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "They had the right level of focus and finishing across the board was fantastic. Ellery Karsten in particular did a great job with the chances she had. It was nice to get a lot of experience for the younger players in the second half and we'll be healthy going into a tough MIAA stretch over the next two weeks."