Nov. 2, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The No. 6 Grand Valley State women's soccer team blanked Ferris State, 4-0, in the GLIAC Semifinal on Friday evening at the GVSU Soccer Field to advance to its fifth straight GLIAC Championship game. The Lakers face off with Saginaw Valley State on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Allendale.
GVSU improves to 17-1-2 on the season, while Ferris State closes out the year with a 9-8-3 mark. The Lakers are now on a 48-game home unbeaten streak and has not lost a GLIAC game (including tournament play) on their home field since 2004.
In the 15th minute of the game, a hard shot from senior Kayla Addison (Southfield, Mich.) found the gloves of freshman keeper Maddie Haustein, but she unsuccessfully punched the ball away and it went into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead for GVSU.
Grand Valley State tacked on its second goal at the 21:13 mark off junior defender Taylor Callen's (Mattawan, Mich.) free kick. The kick was placed perfectly in the box for sophomore Charlie Socia (Portage, Mich.) to turn her foot and send it into the lower left corner of the net.
The Lakers held a 17-3 edge in shots at the break, while also taking three corner kicks. Haustein earned nine saves in her 45 minutes of play. She was replaced by Rachel McCollum for the second stanza.
GVSU did not wait long to add to its lead when Addison notched a goal after beating a defender on the right side of the box to score in the 50th minute.
Senior Alyssa Mira (Livonia, Mich.) recorded on the final goal of the game at the 69:61 mark. Freshman Casey McMillan (Byron Center, Mich.) touched the ball towards Mira who was able to fire from the top of the 18-yard box into the lower right corner past McCollum.
For the game, GVSU held a commanding 22-4 shot total, but was held to just five shots in the second half. The Lakers also owned a 4-0 edge in corner kicks. Senior keeper Chelsea Parise recorded her 13th shut out of the season, making four saves on the day.
The GLIAC Championship game will have a web cast and live stats on GVSULakers.com