ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College women's soccer team defeated Albion on the road 3-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 24 to finish the conference season with a 7-1 record and a second-place finish.
Final Score: Adrian 3, Albion 0
Location: Albion, Mich. (Davis Athletic Complex)
Records: Adrian 11-5-1 (7-1 MIAA), Albion 7-8-2 (4-3-1 MIAA)
HOW IT HAPPENED
It took almost the entire first half, but Adrian was able to open the scoring in the 42nd minute, courtesy of the head of sophomore Megan Louwers. Junior Brooke Teska took the ball up the left wing and sent a cross into the near post where Louwers was able to cut past her defender and head the ball over the keeper's head.
The Bulldogs doubled their lead in the 56th minute when freshman Sabrina Weir took advantage of a lazy pass by Albion in its defensive end. Weir picked up the ball and fired from close to 30 yards away from the goal and sent it just over the outstretched keeper to make it 2-0.
Adrian would score from outside the box again, this time it was sophomore Raquel Church beating the keeper from 22 yards out. Senior Rachel Rodeheffer cleared the ball from the Black and Gold's zone all the way down the pitch where Church was able to send a looping volley off of a bounce over the keeper and into the net.
The road win marks the first time in program history that the Black and Gold have gone undefeated on the road in MIAA action. The Bulldogs also finish the conference slate as the highest-scoring team in the conference, scoring 25 goals in eight matches for an average of 3.13. Adrian's second-place finish in the MIAA is its highest finish since winning the regular season title in 2011.
• Louwers, Weir, and Church all scored for the Bulldogs.
• Teska and Rodeheffer picked up assists.
• Junior Ayverie Giller and sophomore Kristin Page split time once again for the clean sheet victory and combined for five saves. The Bulldogs' backline has now had five clean sheets in their last seven matches.
• Julia Siroky, Allyson Viederis, Lexi Dimovski, Kacie Moran, and Bri McAloon all had a shot on goal for the Cardinals
• Goalkeeper Gretchen Frantz made eight saves in the match.
"We came out flat and Albion did a nice job forcing mistakes early. I don't think we had a shot on goal until late in the half, which is pretty uncharacteristic. Fortunately, we converted on an opportunity, but we probably didn't deserve to be up at the half." – Head Coach Ali Alamdari
"The second half was a different story, we were clean and the work rate improved drastically. We're glad to get the points and we're excited about coming home for Friday's Senior Night match against a Finlandia team that's having a great season." - Alamdari
The Bulldogs return home to host Finlandia on Friday, Oct. 26 for the final game of the season at 7 p.m. Adrian will then host a semifinal match in the MIAA Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with start time and opponent to be announced later.
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