Oct. 6, 2012
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - The No. 6 Grand Valley State women's soccer team blanked its 10th straight opponent to match a program record in a 3-0 GLIAC win at Ferris State on a cold Saturday afternoon.
The win extends GVSU's conference unbeaten streak to 32 games and improves its GLIAC record to 6-0-1 while holding a 10-0-2 mark for the season. Ferris State falls to 4-4-3 overall and 3-2-2 in conference play.
Senior keeper Chelsea Parise (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and the Laker defense helped keep Ferris State off the board and only allowed two shots in the second half. The 10 straight blank sheets match the 2011 squad for the program record for consecutive shut outs and is tied for seventh in the NCAA Division II record book. GVSU has not allowed a goal since Sept. 2 at the 73:45 mark against Indianapolis.
Sophomore Jenny Shaba (West Bloomfield, Mich.) tallied the game-winning goal for the Lakers in the seventh minute on a cross from senior Alyssa Mira (Livonia, Mich.). Shaba sent the ball past Bulldog keeper Rachel McCollum's reach for the 1-0 lead.
It appeared that all of the first-half goals had been recorded until junior Shelby Humphries (Portage, Mich.) connected with sophomore Cassandra Wiltshire (Ajax, Ontario) for another goal with just four seconds remaining in the opening 45 minutes. The goal was the second of the season for Wiltshire and gave GVSU a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
Ferris State came out of the break with renewed energy, notching three corner kicks in the opening 10 minutes, but could not get a shot off. The Lakers, however, were not finished. Mira hit her first goal of the season at the 64:36 mark on a pass from freshman Casey McMillan (Byron Center, Mich.) for the 3-0 advantage.
For the game, Grand Valley State owned a 22-9 shot advantage including 8-1 on target. The Lakers also had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. McCollum tallied five saves in the loss, while Parise picked up one. Parise now owns 53 career blank sheets and has not allowed a goal in 936 minutes and 55 seconds.
GVSU ends its five-game road swing at Findlay and Tiffin beginning on Friday, Oct. 12. The Lakers face the Oilers at 3:30 p.m. on Friday before taking on Tiffin on Sunday at 11 a.m. ;