ADRIAN, Mich. – The women's soccer team needed a late goal to pull into a three-way tie for fourth in the MIAA standings and got it from senior forward Lauren Badalamente in a 2-1 win over visiting Olivet. Badalamente notched her second goal of the season at 75:33 to improve the team to 6-5-2 overall and 4-4-1 in the MIAA. Badalamente took advantage of a poor kick by Olivet goalkeeper Deanna Zolnoski and intercepted a pass attempt. She dribbled toward the goal and finished from 19 yards out into the lower left corner for the game winner.
Adrian started off with a 1-0 lead at 19:30 on a miscue by Zolnoski. Sophomore Carlin O'Malley was the beneficiary of a ball that went through the hands of the Olivet keeper on what seemed like a harmless play. O'Malley scored her third goal of the season into an open net from close range just inside the right post.
Olivet battled back just under nine minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. The Comets kept the ball deep into Adrian's defensive zone as the ball bounced around before being settled by Nicole Borek. She kicked it along the ground across the box from left to right where Lauren Vanderhoff chipped the ball over the head of Adrian goalkeeper Taylor Royce for her second tally of the season.
Adrian finished the match with six of their seven shots on goal. Olivet attempted six shots with three on net as Royce (2-0-1) made two saves. Katt Sutherland led all players with two shots on goal for Adrian.
"We weren't too pleased with our play in the first half," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "We were a bit tentative and didn't come out firing like we did in the second half. I thought our backs did a nice job handling a very physical Olivet team, and we maintained a high level of composure to put the game away in the last six minutes. Our match against Hope on Friday is huge, we played them well last time and another three points would go a long way in helping to secure a tournament spot."