Late Goal By Ohio Dominican Snaps Women's Soccer Unbeaten Streak

Freshman Audra Merino heads the ball in Friday's action versus Ohio Dominican.  (Photo by Ben Amato)
Freshman Audra Merino heads the ball in Friday's action versus Ohio Dominican. (Photo by Ben Amato)

Ohio Dominican's Sage Patterson scored with 2:32 remaining to lift the Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the Ferris State University women's soccer team this Friday (Oct. 1) afternoon and snap the Bulldogs' five-match unbeaten streak in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

Ferris State, which entered the match riding its five-match unbeaten string (4-0-1), tallied the first goal of the outing in the first half as senior forward Kara Lovelace (East Kentwood) scored her third goal of the season on a penalty kick at the 20:18 mark.  Lovelace, who extended her goal-scoring string to three in a row to date with the marker, converted on kick which went into the far right-side back corner of the Ohio Dominican goal.

The Bulldogs, who fell to 4-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the GLIAC North Division as a result of the setback, weren't able to hold on their one-goal lead for long as the Ohio Dominican netted the equalizer on a Jennifer Holton score just over four minutes following Ferris State's initial goal.  Holton netted her third on the year with a shot in the center area of the goal box after taking a left-side pass from Sierra Patterson.

Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard until 2:32 left in the match when Sage Patterson connected on a direct kick from 30-plus yards out which sailed high above FSU freshman goalkeeper Rachel McCollum's (Grand Blanc) outstretched hands into the top right-side corner of the Bulldogs' net for the winning score.  Patterson's unassisted tally was her second on the year for the Panthers, who upped their record to 6-1-2 overall and 4-1-2 in the GLIAC's South Division.

McCollum (4-5-1) completed the match with five saves in 90 minutes of action while Aimee Simonent (4-1-2) also turned aside five shots in a complete-match effort in claiming the win. 

Ohio Dominican concluded the encounter holding a 17-9 advantage in shots, which included a 12-4 first-half margin.  The Panthers totaled seven shots on goal while the Bulldogs registered six such shots in the matchup.  Ferris State also held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

For FSU, Kara Lovelace and sophomore forward Kelsey Aubil (Wayland/Thornapple-Kellogg) led the way with two shots on net apiece while senior forward Carlee Boyle (Lockport, Ill.) and freshman midfielder Courtney Ratz (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) each posted a shot on goal. 

Ferris State is now idle until Friday, Oct. 8, when the Bulldogs resume their GLIAC homestand entertaining the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals in a North Division matchup in Big Rapids.  The opening kick is scheduled for 4 p.m. (EDT) at the FSU Soccer Field.