Bulldogs and Belles Battle to 1-1 Tie

Bulldogs and Belles Battle to 1-1 Tie

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College women's soccer team earned one point in the MIAA standings on Tuesday (Sept. 30) with a 1-1 tie against Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs now stand at 4-5-2 overall and 3-4-1 in the conference through the first round of matches. Adrian and Albion are tied for fifth with 10 points with the top four advancing to the postseason tournament.

Saint Mary's and Adrian each fired a total of four shots in the first half and went into the locker room scoreless. In the second half, the Bulldogs got on the board first as senior Erin Weide scored her fifth of the season unassisted at 50:48. She put her head down and dribbled through defenders until she got an open window and drilled a shot from 15 yards into the top right corner.

The Belles put pressure on the Bulldogs in the half as junior Taylor Royce made four saves in her first start of the season in net. Saint Mary's got the tying goal off the head of Kerry Green at 72:29. She took a corner kick from Gabby Guerra and headed it inside the right post from inside the six-yard box. The teams went into overtime as it was the fifth time for Adrian this season.

Royce made two quality saves in the first overtime as Green took a shot from the top of the 18-yard box at 96:13 and later made a diving stop off a free kick by Green from the far left wing at 98:32. Adrian had the best chance to win it in the second overtime. Ellery Karsten attempted a corner kick at 107:44 and Aly Masciovecchio took a shot from close range that was saved just seven seconds later.

"The girls battled for the full 110 minutes today, and everyone was focused and engaged from start to finish," commented head coach Ali Alamdari. "We played well enough to deserve the full three points, but Saint Mary's is a difficult team to break down and we were pleased that we didn't offer them many legitimate scoring chances in the run of play. We'll look to recover physically over the next few days and put in a strong performance for homecoming on Friday night against Illinois Tech."

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