Oct. 19, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The No. 11 Grand Valley State women's soccer team shut down Michigan Tech, 5-0, in a battle for a share of first place in the GLIAC on Friday evening at the GVSU Soccer Field.
The Lakers and Huskies are now in a tie for first place with a conference mark of 8-1-1 with three games remaining in the regular season. GVSU improves to 12-1-2 overall, while Michigan Tech falls to 10-3-1 on the season. The win also extends the Lakers' home unbeaten streak to 45 games dating back to the 2008 Great Lakes Regional.
Grand Valley State was able to take a first-half lead thanks to a goal from sophomore Jenny Shaba (West Bloomfield, Mich.) in the 21st minute. Classmate Charlie Socia (Portage, Mich.) connected with Shaba on the left side who then slipped it just inside the left post for the 1-0 lead. Shaba found the back of the net again in the second half, capping a quartet of scorers in the 83rd minute.
A trio of seniors recorded second-half goals for the Lakers as Kayla Addison (Southfield, Mich.), Erin Hilbert (Ada, Mich.) and Ashley Botts (Beloit, Wisc.) each found the back of the net. Addison also added an assist to her stat line on Botts' goal in the 78th minute.
Sophomore Tayler Ward (Grand Blanc, Mich.) sent a pass from the right side of the field into the goal box to Addison. The forward then made a move around a defender to send it past freshman keeper Jenna Phelps for the 2-0 lead at the 51:10 mark.
Less than seven minutes later, Hilbert pushed the lead to 3-0 when she corralled a bad block from the Huskies' keeper at the top of the 18-yard box and sent it to the right side of the net.
Grand Valley State held a 22-9 shot advantage including 11-6 on target. Michigan Tech did hinder some of the Lakers' scoring opportunities as it caught GVSU offsides 15 times in the game. Shaba led the Lakers with six shots, while Hilbert notched five.
GVSU senior keeper Chelsea Parise (Sterling Heights, Mich.) tallied six stops to record her 11th shut out of the season. Phelps also earned six saves in the loss.
The Lakers return to the pitch for their final regular season home game against Northern Michigan at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Northern Michigan dropped its Friday game to Ferris State, 5-2. The game will also honor the team's seven seniors.