ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Adrian College women's soccer team bowed out of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament, falling in a valiant battle with No. 3 Washington University in the second round.
Final Score: Washington 2, Adrian 0
Location: St. Louis, Mo. (Francis Olympic Stadium - Washington University)
Records: Washington 17-1-2, Adrian 17-5-2
HOW IT HAPPENED
Despite being the underdogs, AC was able to keep the game even through the first 35 minutes, denying several grade-A opportunities by the bad guys, the first of which was a goal waived due to offsides in the 43rd minute.
The Bulldog defense played stout through the opening half, owning three blocked shots. Leading the offense was Caroline Fleming, who had both the squad's shots in the stanza, coming in the same sequence. Her first shot was dead on, catching the keeper in the bread basket before bouncing into to play as she tried again to send it on goal, blocked by a Bears' defender.
Another scary moment for Adrian came following its scoring chances, as WashU's goal sailed out to goal, ricocheting off the left post and out of bounds.
Nationally-competitive WashU was able to make the board as just less than 10 minutes remained in the first half, capitalizing off a free kick awarded due to a Makenna Mascaro foul. The Bear that took the kick sent into goal, where it took an ugly deflection and back into the goal.
Adrian was able to hold the hosts to one goal well into the second half, with many thanks to the defense with a block and the goal as a crossbar save kept it in the game.
Megan Louwers had a strong shot that whistled just wide left to start the Bulldogs' offense in the second half, unable to make its way onto a nearly open goal.
WashU was able to make the board again with just over 30 minutes remaining in the contest, after a shot off the post and waited along a crowded goal line, finally knocked in, as Giller was trapped under a swarm of attackers.
Another crossbar shot by the Bears came in the 12th minute and finished the game out with a shot knocked off the post in the final minute.
Senior Ayverie Giller appeared in all 90 minutes for Adrian, making six saves against a very strong offense. Giller finishes the season with an 11-4-1 record, 39-16-5 in her career.
All-MIAA first teamer Ayverie Giller was strong in goal, making six excellent saves as to not allow the Bears to dominate offensively.
Senior Caroline Fleminng led the squad offensively, owning two shots, including the squads' lone shot on-goal.
Megan Louwers had AC's only other shot, coming in the 25th minute.
The Bulldogs close out a historic season with a second round appearance, looking to return 21 athletes to the 2020 roster.
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