Saginaw Valley State scored four unanswered second-half goals to thwart any hopes of a Ferris State University women's soccer team comeback this Friday (Oct. 2) in a 5-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) loss to the Cardinals at the SVSU Soccer Complex in University Center, Mich.
The setback represents the fourth straight to date for Ferris State which falls to 1-8-1 overall and 1-5-0 in the GLIAC this season.
The match was scoreless until late in the opening half when Saginaw Valley State would net what proved to be the game winner on Samantha Echols' goal at the 37:09 mark. The Cardinals concluded the first half with an 11-0 shots advantage. SVSU would convert four times in the second half as Jacylyn Barrett started the scoring onslaught with consecutive markers, the first at 53:20 and then again at 61:24.
The Cardinals, which would outshoot the Bulldogs 19-6 in the contest, added two more scores in the 66th and 89th minute on goals by Megan Morad and Allison Mandsfield, respectively. Ferris State did manage six shots in the second 45 minutes of the match while Saginaw Valley State compiled eight total.
Ferris State ended the match with four shots on the Cardinals' net. Senior forward Kari Alsager (Mount Pleasant), redshirt freshman defender Kasey Ruimveld (Vicksburg), redshirt frosh forward Cassie Aro (Gaines/Linden), and senior forward Megan McCabe (Brighton/Pinckney) each notched a shot on goal.
Senior goalkeeper Stevie Salow (Saginaw/Heritage) racked up four saves in a complete-match performance as her season record dipped to 1-5-0. Anne Berschbach recorded the save for the host Cardinals as she turned aside all four Bulldogs shots between the posts.
The Bulldogs will continue conference match play on the road this Sunday (Oct. 4) with a 12 p.m. (EDT) matchup against the Northwood Timberwolves in Midland, Mich.