Women’s soccer defeats Northern Michigan

After 90 minutes and four goals for the Cardinals, it was another conference win in the books for women’s soccer.

Goalkeeper Alyssa Watts played her way to her fifth shut-out of the year as she held Northern Michigan off the board for the full 90 minutes as the Cardinal offense found the back of the net four times, leading to the 4-0 victory.

In the 40th minute, Whitney Fleming found the back of the net with an assist from Amy Babon and Sara Somlinski.

Sakura Bals would add a goal in the 52nd minute, with Babon scoring in the 69th and 77th minutes, the latter of which being a penalty kick.

Babon said the team has been working hard up to this game.

“We had a great week of practice and have been focused on finishing our chances and GLIAC play strong,” Babon said.

Watts did her part with three saves.

“Along with team goals, I have personal goals to keep me focused on doing my part for the team,” Watts said.

Head coach Michael O’Neill said the team played well together.

“It was a complete team performance against NMU,” O’Neill said. “Our defensive unit was organized, and our attacking play was very fluid as well.”

This was evident as SVSU did not only win the battle of the scoreboard; they won nearly every aspect of the match.

SVSU outshot the Wildcats 11-5 as they kept their offense in sync for most of the day.

SVSU also won the battle of corner kicks, 4-1, allowing the Cardinal offense to keep the pressure on the Wildcat defense.

With the victory, the Cardinals improve to 7-5 on the year, including 4-1 in GLIAC play. With the conclusion of the other games of the day SVSU sits in fourth place in the GLIAC, a game behind both Grand Valley and Ashland.

Watts said that the team members focus on working together when playing.

“Our team is a family,” Watts said. “We work together to accomplish goals as a team. It feels amazing to compete with your team as a whole and make strides in our season.”

SVSU continued GLIAC play on Oct. 27, prior to the production of The Valley Vanguard, at Michigan Tech as it looks to improve its record and standing in the conference. Michigan Tech is 3-8-1 with an 0-5 record in GLIAC play.

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