The Ferris State University women's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Northern Michigan this Sunday (Sept. 20) afternoon in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matchup as Dana Stephens scored the game-winning goal with 29 seconds remaining in a contest held at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
The loss dropped Ferris State's record to 1-5-1 overall this season and 1-2-0 in conference match play
Northern Michigan accounted for the match's initial two scores as Dana Stephens broke a scoreless tie with a goal at 11:58 into the opening half. The 'Cats would then increase their lead to 2-0 when Kari Buckel put one in off a rebound inside the box at the 34:05 mark as the visitors held a two-goal advantage at the end of the first half.
After the intermission, the Bulldogs continued to play aggressively and it paid off at 77:35 when sophomore midfielder Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) tapped the ball into the back right corner of the net from point blank range on a deflection off NMU goalkeeper Kara Music's head. Following Borgman's team-leading fifth goal of this season, Ferris State was able to draw within a 2-2 tie with five minutes left to be played as senior forward Megan McCabe (Brighton/Pinckney) scored on a header off a deflection. Junior defender-midfielder Kristen March (Canton/Plymouth Salem) earned an assist on McCabe's goal.
Northern Michigan would score the go-ahead goal with just 29 seconds remaining in the match on Dana Stephens' second goal of the day by taking a cross outside the box and kicking the ball into the back post beyond the reach of Bulldog senior goalkeeper Stevie Salow (Saginaw/Heritage).
Salow took the loss for Ferris State and is now 1-2-0 in net this season despite collecting eight saves in the process while facing 17 shots. Kara Music (4-3-0) received the win for Northern Michigan with an eight-save performance.
The Bulldogs managed to outshoot the Wildcats, 22-17, for the match. Bri Borgman put three shots on goal to pace Ferris State while Kristen March posted two shots on the NMU net.
Ferris State continues conference action at home this Friday (Sept. 25), entertaining the Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons in a 4 p.m. (EDT) tilt at Big Rapids, Mich.