GROVE CITY, Pa. – The middle match of a season beginning five-match road stretch yielded the first win of 2014 for the women's soccer team as they needed double overtime to defeat Grove City. The Bulldogs scored in the first half and Grove City responded with a goal in the second half to force extra time. Katt Sutherland scored her first of the season unassisted at 39:23 on a defensive breakdown which set up a one-on-one with the junior and keeper Kristi Lathrop.
Abby Mathes tied the match at 72:53 for the Wolverines as she took a pass from Sarah Flenniken and beat keeper Lexi Lewandowski. The first overtime provided no outcome and senior Erin Weide took it upon herself to send the team home on a high note. She took a pass from sophomore Carlin O'Malley as Lathrop came out of net and buried it at 100:48 to improve Adrian's record to 1-1-1.
Adrian was outshot 20-15 for the match as Grove City put pressure on in the second half with 10 shots. Lewandowski made seven saves and the team was also credited with a pair of saves. Weide and Sofia Farah each had two shots on goal to lead the team.
"Grove City is a great opponent, they have a solid history in the NCAA Tournament and mounted a powerful challenge to tie it up and nearly win it today," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "Our non-conference schedule was pretty tough this year, so we have to be pleased with a double overtime win in 90 degree heat after a four-hour bus ride as we move into MIAA play. This is a team that is quickly developing chemistry and identity, and we're looking forward to the grind ahead."
The Bulldogs open up conference action on Monday, Sept. 8 at Olivet beginning at 4 p.m. The Comets are currently 2-0 having outscored their opponents 11-1 this season.