ADRIAN, Mich. – Senior forward Carmina Lizyness picked a great time to score her first two goals of the season in the Bulldogs' 2-1 win over Illinois Tech on Homecoming weekend. The team was in need of a win after going through a four-match winless streak and the reserve forward made the most of her opportunities.
Adrian took a 1-0 lead just before halftime under damp conditions with swirling winds. Lizyness scored at 43:37 as sophomore Carlin O'Malley took a shot from close range and Lizyness slid to the turf and kicked in the rebound to the lower right corner.
Illinois Tech, a newcomer to NCAA Division III who entered the game with a 5-4 record, tied the match at 67:31 on a breakaway goal by Lorena Souza. She rushed downfield for her seventh goal of the season. It took just 2:11 for Lizyness to put Adrian ahead for good. Freshman Kirsten Chambers went from right wing and crossed the ball into the middle for a one-touch goal from 10 yards.
Junior Taylor Royce got her second straight start in net for the Bulldogs (1-0-1) and made three saves on the night. Roxanne Myers, reigning USCAA National Goalkeeper of the Week, made eight saves for the Scarlet Hawks with four in each half.
"We've been stressing how important details are and the game-winning goal was a perfect example of our attackers trusting their training," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "Kirsten came on and did exactly what we've practiced in terms of her run and service, and Carmina made a beautiful run in support. It really was a textbook play on both of their parts and we couldn't be happier for them. Carmina getting both goals was a result of a great work rate today, and she narrowly missed a hat trick on a left-footed volley from 20 yards out. If she brings that confidence and focus the rest of the year, she could be a difficult player for opponents to handle. As a team, we're excited to get a win on homecoming and bring that momentum into the second round of MIAA play next week."