Oct. 18, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's soccer team hosts two important games this weekend, beginning on Friday against the first-place Michigan Tech Huskies at 7 p.m. before playing Northern Michigan on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Friday night contest against GLIAC foe Michigan Tech is being deemed the "Shut Out Breast Cancer" game and is one of the biggest games of the season for the Lakers. GVSU is 7-1-1 in GLIAC play, while Michigan Tech sits a top the league standings with an 8-0-1 conference mark.
The game between the Lakers and Huskies will also feature a free webcast online. Click the link at the top of the page to view the game broadcast, which will be announced by Tom Cleary of the Grand Valley State Network. Cleary also broadcasts Laker football games online.
Sunday's game will be Senior Day for the team's seven seniors: Kayla Addison, Ashley Botts, Maria Brown, Erin Hilbert, Alyssa Mira, Chelsea Parise and Molly Streeter. The team will also be wearing teal nail polish and head wrap in support of former GVSU soccer player Becky Wilson who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2003.
Grand Valley State is second in the GLIAC after dropping a 3-2 decision to Findlay on Friday. The Lakers rebounded with a win at Tiffin and now return after a five-game road swing where they went 4-1. GVSU is lead by a trio of seniors on the offense including Brown (8 goals, 4 assists), Addison (7 g, 1 a) and Botts (6 g, 2 a). Six other athletes have notched two or more goals as well.
Classmate Alyssa Mira anchors the defense, which owns 11 shutouts. Mira is also an asset on the offense as she has a team-high seven assists and a goal. Senior Chelsea Parise is second in the nation with a goals-against average of 0.29, while only allowing four goals all season. The team tops the country with a 0.786 shut out percentage.
Picked to finish in eighth in the GLIAC, the Huskies are defying that choice and not only lead the conference, but own a No. 6 ranking in the NSCAA Midwest Region. Winner of nine of its last 10 contests, Michigan Tech is 8-0-1 in league play. Katie Boardman and Lindsey Van Rooy lead the offense with six goals and three assists each. Janelle Riedl also has a hand in the scoring, as she owns four goals and two helpers. Notching six shut outs on the season, freshman keeper Jenna Phelps, as been the biggest asset for the Huskies. She has a goals against average under one and has an 81.5 save percentage.
The Wildcats have had a tough season only notching three victories on the year. A trio of players each own two goals to lead the offense, while four others have one tally. Shelby Conrad and Nicole Musi split time in the net, while Conrad getting most of the minutes. She owns a 2.30 goals-against average and has 52 saves. Most recently Northern Michigan fell to Ashland 3-0. NMU was picked to finish fifth in the conference in the GLIAC preseason poll.