The Ferris State women's soccer team played a tough match, but couldn't take down the nation's top-ranked team in Grand Valley State as the Lakers posted a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs Friday (Nov. 7) afternoon in a 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Semifinal-Round match at the GVSU Soccer Field in Allendale, Mich.
The loss eliminates Ferris State from the conference's postseason tournament as the Bulldogs conclude the 2008 season at 9-9-1 overall and were 7-6-1 in GLIAC regular-season play.
Nevertheless, the nine victories this fall by Ferris State represents a third-place tie for the most single-season wins in the program's history. The total matches the 2004 squad's 9-9-1 overall mark.
Grand Valley State scored just 2:48 into the match as Katy Tafler scored her first of two back-to-back goals. Tafler netted the goal from in front of the Bulldog goal from 12 yards out and was able to get the ball through sophomore goalkeeper Becci Houdek's (Canton) right side.
Tafler would score again in the opening 45 minutes as she headed the ball into the FSU goal at the 20:20 mark off a free kick. Tafler was able to get insolated and went one-on-one against Houdek.
GVSU closed out the scoring at 84:15 in the second half after Kristen Eible tallied on a breakaway after picking up an assist on the previous Laker goal. Eible was able to create separation on a give-and-go pass to Erika Pitroff and was able to get around Houdek to notch the goal.
Grand Valley State outshot the Bulldogs 20-8 for the match, which included a 12-1 second-half advantage. The Lakers also compiled a 3-1 territorial advantage in corner kicks.
Becci Houdek took the loss for Ferris State and had five saves in 90 minutes of action. For GVSU, Kristina Nasturzio totaled five stops in a complete-match decision.
Senior forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern) and freshman midfielder Maegan Smith (Hickory Corners/Kalamazoo Christian) both registered a team-high tying two shots on goal while frosh midfielder Nicole Vick (Macomb/Eisenhower) accounted for Ferris State's other shot on net.
Grand Valley State, which is now 20-0-0 overall this season, will face Saginaw Valley State this Sunday (Nov. 9) in the championship match. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (EST) on the GVSU Soccer Field.