Oct. 30, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - An even attack in both halves gave the Grand Valley State soccer team a 6-1 victory against Northwood in the GLIAC Quarterfinal game on a windy Tuesday afternoon at the GVSU Soccer Field.
The Lakers advance to the conference semifinals with a 16-1-2 record and will face West Michigan rival Ferris State for the third time this season. Northwood ends its season with a 6-10-1 mark.
Senior Ashley Botts (Beloit, Wisc.), reigning GLIAC Athlete of the Week, had a two-goal day for the fifth time this season. She tacked on the first score in the sixth minute from 20 yards outside the box to the left side of the net.
The Lakers added another goal at the 16:33 mark when sophomore Jenny Shaba (West Bloomfield, Mich.) headed a cross from senior Alyssa Mira (Livonia, Mich.) for the 2-0 lead and what would be the game-winning tally.
Botts struck again in the 24th minute on a pass from junior Tayler Ward (Grand Blanc, Mich.). Ward cross the ball from the right side of the field to the top of the box just in time for Botts to one-time it to the right side of the net for a 3-0 lead.
Grand Valley State went with the wind in the first half to control the pace of the game and hold a commanding 15-1 edge in shots, while taking 12 corner kicks.
After the break, a foul inside the 18-yard box forced a penalty kick in the 51st minute. Senior Kayla Addison (Southfield, Mich.) took the shot, but keeper Julie Shields blocked the shot only to have Addison rebound the ball and take a shot to the upper left corner. It was just the second penalty shot attempt for GVSU this year.
A penalty kick from Northwood's Amanda Watson ended the Lakers' five-game shut out streak in the 55th minute, sending the ball just past Chelsea Parise's right side for a 4-1 game.
GVSU was able to add two more goals to its lead thanks to a hard hit shot from senior Erin Hilbert (Ada, Mich.) that was just out of reach above Shields' hands at the 65:08 mark. Freshman Casey McMillan (Byron Center, Mich.) notched the sixth goal of the game with less than four minutes remaining in the game. Classmate Katie Klunder (Grandville, Mich.) crossed the ball from the right side that deflected off a defender and to the feet of McMillan for her seventh goal of the season.
For the game, GVSU tallied 31 shots to Northwood's seven, while owning a 14-3 advantage in corner kicks. Parise (Sterling Heights, Mich.) grabbed two saves in the win, while Shields picked up 20 in the loss.
Check GVSULakers.com for all of the women's soccer team's post season action including live stats and webcasts.