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Women’s soccer splits against Purdue Northwest and Ferris State

Forward sophomore Amy Babon and forward freshman Sara Samolinski chase the ball to stop an offensive drive from the opposing team (left). Senior defender Jennifer Muana makes a shot during game against Ferris State University (right). Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

The women’s soccer team played two games last week, winning the first against Purdue Northwest on Sunday before falling to GLIAC ranked No. 11 Ferris State on Friday.

On Sunday, The Cardinals played Purdue Northwest in Hammond, Indiana, jumping to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by senior Valentina Giambanco.

The goal came unassisted after less than 10 minutes of play.

The Cardinals continued their first half success as freshman Madie Saleh would take a pass from senior Allison Sims past the goaltender into the Purdue Northwest net.

The Cardinals returned from the half with the same intensity. Early in the half, sophomore Amy Babon received a pass from teammate Jennifer Muana and netted it for The Cardinal’s third goal.

Saginaw’s defense continued to hold off Purdue Northwest, and the game ended in a 3-0 victory. The shutout was goalkeeper, Alyssa Watts, third in a row.

On Friday, The Cardinals hosted the Ferris State Bulldogs for the team’s second face off of the year.

The first half, The Cardinals were off to a solid start. With six shots, The Cardinals had three times as many as The Bulldogs. The shot differential however did not seem to faze The Bulldogs, as they came back after the second half and recorded nine shots to only four from The Cardinals.

One of The Bulldogs shots on goal was able to sail into The Cardinal’s net resulting in a 1-0 lead at the 68 minute mark. The Bulldogs were able to keep the pressure on The Cards and again sent a shot into the net at the 76 minute mark. Unable to overcome the deficit, The Cardinals would fall to The Bulldogs, 2-0, for the second time this season.

At the conclusion of this weekend’s games, The Cardinals hold a record of 5-4, with a 2-1 GLIAC record.

This puts The Cards tied with Northwood for third in the conference.

The two teams will have met on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Braddock Field which concluded prior to this production of The Valley Vanguard.

The Cardinals will be on the road this weekend, facing Ashland University, which currently sits atop the GLIAC standings.

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