Courtesy Photo - The Ferris State women's soccer team poses
for a group shot after the GLIAC Tourney victory!
Big Rapids, Mich. - Freshman Casey Shauman's (Portage) unassisted goal with 12 seconds left in regulation lifted the Ferris State University women's soccer team to a 2-1 upset victory over Findlay on the road in the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday (Oct. 30) afternoon in Ohio.
The fifth-seeded Bulldogs fought back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to stun the fourth-seeded Oilers in the league tournament and advance to the semifinals, which are slated for Friday (Nov. 2) in Allendale. FSU will face host Grand Valley State in the second semifinal at 7 p.m. (ET).
Weather forced the postponment of one of Tuesday's scheduled league tournament quarterfinals between sixth-seeded Ohio Dominican and number three seed Saginaw Valley State until Wednesday afternoon. The winner of that game will face second-seeded Michigan Tech on Friday in the first semifinal at 4 p.m. (ET).
The Oilers took the initial lead on an own goal by the Bulldogs at 20:55 of the opening half and the score stood until the 63rd minute when Bulldog freshman Ashley Bradstreet (Grandville) was able to beat Findlay goalkeeper Samantha Trimboli for a goal. The score at 63:58 was assisted by freshman Nichole Boehnke (Grand Blanc).
The two teams batted with the score even for the next 26 minutes until the Bulldogs capitalized in the final minute of play. Shauman scored an unassisted goal on a rebound shot at 89:48 to lift the Bulldogs to the victory.
"It was an ugly game due to the weather conditions and both teams battled to the end," said FSU head coach Matt Kellogg. "We were fortunate to take advantage of a good bounce of the ball at the end to pull out the win."
The total shots between the two teams were even as both squads had nine total shots and four came on goal for each side. Additionally, each team had three shots in the initial half and six in the second.
Findlay did own a 5-1 edge in corner kick opportunities, but the Oilers totaled eight fouls to only four for the Bulldogs in the game played under cold and wet weather conditions.
Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Haustein made three saves while playing all 90 minutes in earning the victory for the Bulldogs. Trimboli had two saves for the Oilers in the setback.
With the win, the Bulldogs claimed their third consecutive victory and now own a 9-6-3 overall record this season. Findlay dropped to 8-9-1 overall as the Bulldogs avenged an earlier 4-0 loss to the Oilers two weeks ago (Oct. 13) in Findlay.
The victory was the second-ever conference tournament win for the Bulldogs who improved to 2-4 all-time in GLIAC Tourney action. It marks only the second time in school history the Bulldogs have reached the semfinals following a second-round setback at Grand Valley State in 2008.
This year's appearance in the GLIAC Tournament also represents the first time in program history in which FSU has qualified for the event three consecutive years.
The GLIAC Tournament semifinals will be held on Friday (Nov. 2) with the tournament championship set for Sunday (Nov. 4) at GVSU.
In the other GLIAC Tournament quarterfinal played on Tuesday afternoon, second-seeded Michigan Tech topped number seven seed Tiffin by a 3-0 score in Houghton.
Stay tuned to FerrisStateBulldogs.com for updated league tournament information as it becomes available.
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