ADRIAN, Mich. – The women's soccer came out of the gates quickly in their home opener against Albion College on Saturday night. The Bulldogs scored 25 seconds into the match and never gave up the lead in a 3-1 win over the Britons at Docking Stadium. Adrian (3-2-1, 2-1 MIAA) scored three goals in the first 24 minutes and then cruised to the win.
Senior Erin Weide scored her fourth of the season with an assist from Sophie Rammal in the opening seconds as Rammal fed a cross in the top of 15-yard mark and Weide buried it inside the left post. Rammal played the role of opportunist at 7:30 of the half as she scored her second of the season after Albion goalkeeper Maggie Troost turned the ball over by kicking it into the middle of the field with no help present. Rammal took the ball and scored into an open net from 25 yards for a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs concluded the first half scoring at 23:53 as sophomore Carlin O'Malley scored her first of the season with an assist from Weide. Weide passed the ball across the field from right to left at the top of the 18-yard box and O'Malley shot from the left wing into the top right corner. Troost had to leave the match after 15 minutes of the first half due to injury and Cameron Schmidt came in for the rest of the match.
Albion played much better in the second half and had a few chances to score before finally breaking through with 4:15 left in the match as Jenna Urso scored her fourth of the season against backup goalkeeper Taylor Royce with an assist from Domenique Sarnecky. Adrian finished the match with eight shots on net twice as many as the Britons.
"This was one of the strangest games that I've seen in my tenure here," said head coach Ali Alamdari who celebrated a win on his birthday. "On one hand, the execution in the final third was perfect for the first 25 minutes. Unfortunately, that led to a letdown throughout the field in terms of passing quality and pressure on the ball. We're pleased to get a win at the end of a long week of MIAA competition, and it was great to rest our starters a bit, but we have to bring a level of excellence for 90 minutes regardless of score or lineup."