November 6, 2011

Grand Valley State Downs Ashland, 2-0, to Earn GLIAC Women's Soccer Tournament Crown

ALLENDALE, Mich. - Top-seeded Grand Valley State University defeated third-seeded Ashland University, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 6) to earn the 2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) women's soccer tournament title in a match played at the GVSU Soccer Field.

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[Click here for AU-GVSU Box Score] (Release courtesy of the GVSU Sports Information Department)

The No. 3 Grand Valley State women's soccer team won its fifth straight GLIAC Tournament title with a 2-0 win against Ashland on a windy Sunday afternoon at the GVSU Soccer Field.

The Lakers improve to 18-0-2 on the season and will play in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Semifinals on Sunday, Nov. 13.  Ashland concludes its season at 9-8-4.

Grand Valley State has now held opponents scoreless for 950 minutes dating back to Sept. 30, blanking its 10th straight opponent while notching its 15th of the season.

Despite having to battle 25-mile-an-hour winds in the first half, the Lakers came out strong taking a 1-0 lead at the 18:58 mark.  Freshman Charlie Socia (Portage, Mich.) got her head on the edge of senior Erin Mruz's (Gurnee, Ill.) corner kick and sent the ball past Ashland keeper Rebecca Plescia.

Using the wind to their advantage, the Lakers continued to dominate the second half taking 21 shots, but could not find the back of the net.

In the final minute of the game, an Ashland red card caused a free kick just outside the box, where a quick step-over by junior Alyssa Mira (Livonia, Mich.) set up the perfect ball for junior Ashley Botts (Beloit, Wisc.) who fired it into the lower left corner for the 2-0 game.

For the match, GVSU outshot the Eagles 34-2, while holding a 15-2 edge in shots on target.  Plescia made 13 saves in the loss, while junior Chelsea Parise (Warren, Mich.) picked up two in her sixth consecutive solo shutout.

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