Nov. 11, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The No. 3 Grand Valley State women's soccer team used three second-half goals to come from behind and defeat Rockhurst, 3-1, in the NCAA Midwest Region second round on a very windy Sunday afternoon at the GVSU Soccer Field.
Grand Valley State extends its home-unbeaten streak to 50 games and improves to 19-1-2 on the year. The Lakers now host Wisconsin-Parkside in the Midwest Regional Final on Friday at 5 p.m. at the GVSU Soccer Field.
Going into the wind in the first half, the Lakers were only able to get off six shots, while limiting Rockhurst to five. The teams could not find the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes and were scoreless at the half.
Changing sides in the second stanza didn't seem to phase the Hawks as they tallied the first goal of the game in the 55th minute. Julia Barolacci raced up the right side of the field and hit a one-touch shot to the lower left corner past keeper Chelsea Parise (Sterling Heights, Mich.). It was the first time the Lakers had trailed at home since 2011.
GVSU responded with a goal of its own at the 60:11 mark thanks to a hard shot from freshman Katie Klunder (Grandville, Mich.). Senior Kayla Addison (Southfield, Mich.) made a move around a defender inside the box and passed it to Klunder who was running into the left side of the box. Klunder then slide it in past keeper Lucy Sullivan for a 1-1 game.
A minute and 17 seconds later, Rockhurst got called for a foul inside the box giving Grand Valley State a penalty kick opportunity. Addison was called upon to take the kick and converted it to give the Lakers the go-ahead goal.
In the 87th minute, senior Ashley Botts (Beloit, Wisc.) connected with freshman Casey McMillan (Byron Center, Mich.) for the 3-1 lead. Botts crossed the ball from the left side to McMillan who sent it home from just inside the six-yard box.
The Lakers held a commanding 11-5 edge in shots in the second stanza, while owning a 17-10 advantage for the game. GVSU also took seven corner kicks to the Hawks' two. In the net, Sullivan tallied four saves, while Parise grabbed three.