Chambry Powers Bulldogs to 2-1 Win over Kalamazoo

Chambry Powers Bulldogs to 2-1 Win over Kalamazoo

ADRIAN, Mich. - The women's soccer team made a little history on Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over Kalamazoo College. It was the first time that the Bulldogs swept the season series over the Hornets and the team has now went 3-0-1 in their last four meetings. With the win, Adrian improves to 11-5 overall and 9-4 in the MIAA.

The win provided distance between fourth and fifth place in the league standings as the Bulldogs opened up a nine-point spread between themselves and Kalamazoo. The top three teams in the MIAA also won on Tuesday so Adrian maintains fourth place and is four points out of first with three matches remaining. The Bulldogs still have matches against two of the top three beginning with a noon kickoff on Saturday at home against Calvin College.

"Tonight was a physical battle against a Kalamazoo team that was playing with a season on the line," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "They pressed all game long and made things very difficult for us. We didn't generate the number of opportunities that we're used to, but we made the most of them."
The Bulldogs struck twice in the first half and held off the Hornets in the second half. Senior Alanna Chambry scored her fifth of the season at 6:05 to give Adrian a 1-0 lead. Senior Sam Barker took an initial shot that was saved and Chambry's hustle paid off with an easy goal. The Hornets answered quickly to tie the match at 13:32 as Sydney Spring took a pass from Bronte Payne and made a move around keeper into an empty net. Just over a minute prior to the goal, Rachel Dandar of Kalamazoo hit the crossbar from the top of the box.
Chambry and Barker connected once again at 30:55 for the game-deciding goal. Barker pushed the ball up the left side and carried up until the last minute before dropping off a pass to Chambry right in front for her sixth of the season.
"The chemistry between Alanna Chambry and Sam Barker has been strong all year, but it was really on display tonight," said Alamdari. "I was especially pleased with how hard Barker worked all game long as she tracked back into the midfield to alleviate pressure from our backs."
The Bulldogs also got strong play in net from sophomore Lexi Lewandowski. She made three saves and was shaken up late in the match and was replaced by Taylor Royce with 1:45 left. Lewandowski has been in net for all of Adrian's 11 wins this season.
"Lewandowski was phenomenal in net," said Alamdari. "She handled several difficult crosses and was active off of her line despite several collisions. Her skill playing the ball with her feet provided a lot of relief to our back line and started several dangerous counterattacks."
Adrian finished with seven shots on goal and each team had nine total shots for the evening.
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