ADRIAN, Mich. – The women's soccer team was looking to steal three points in a heated MIAA race on Friday (Oct. 11) against Hope College. The Flying Dutch entered play in first place in the conference and used a goal with 15 minutes left off a corner kick for a 1-0 win at Docking Stadium. The Bulldogs began the day in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league as they fight to finish strong and secure another trip to the MIAA Tournament. Calvin and Albion also in a tie with the Bulldogs (13 points) were idle on Friday.
The Flying Dutch had the upper hand in terms of offensive pressure throughout the match as the teams played to a scoreless draw at halftime. Hope managed four shots on goal against junior Lexi Lewandowski who performed well after missing the last three matches for the Bulldogs. Lewandowski continued to make big saves in the second half as Hope outshot Adrian, 6-0, for a game total of 10-1.
Hope appeared to be knocking on the door and was granted their seventh corner kick of the match. Maria DeShaw played a near perfect ball into the six-yard box and Allie Wittenbach touched it past the goal line for her fifth of the season. Hope and Adrian have played four straight one-goal matches with the Flying Dutch winning earlier this season, 2-1, in overtime on Sept. 11.
"Despite their place in the standings, we felt like we had a good chance to come away with a result against Hope today," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "We're a bit frustrated by the fact that we didn't get the job done when we had opportunities. We're locked in a logjam for a tournament spot and the Albion match provides a massive opportunity for whoever walks away with the points." The Bulldogs will travel to Albion on Tuesday, Oct. 14 for a 4 p.m. start. Adrian defeated the Britons, 3-1, on Sept. 13 in the team's first matchup.