Women’s soccer defeats Davenport, 1-0

SVSU women’s soccer defeated Davenport 1-0 for its Nov. 1 game, improving the team’s overall score to 9-5.

The Cardinals’ overall score is 6-1 in GLIAC matches. The Cardinals are 7-2, outscoring opponents 21-5 and posting six clean sheets over that time frame.

SVSU was supposed to be home on Nov. 1st, but due to poor weather, the match was moved to the Midland Community Stadium.

The change of venue changed nothing for the SVSU offense and goalie Alyssa Watts. She faced nine shots during the game and kept all of them out of the net to improve her seasonal record to 7-3. Sakura Bals scored in the 13th minute of the game, which was enough for the Cardinals to get the win.

SVSU outshot Davenport 10-9 and out- saved them 9-2. Strong defense, aided by 12 fouls against the Cardinals, allowed Davenport to protect its 1-0 lead for the final 77 minutes of the match.

The Cardinals have had a lot of good practices that have brought the team together over the past few weeks. Team chemistry has played a large role in the success of the Cardinals this season.

The win against Davenport moved the Cardinals into second place in the GLIAC standings, one game behind Grand Valley and tied with Ashland, both of which the Cardinals will face this week.

If the Cardinals win both of its games this week, the team will have a chance to win the GLIAC Regular Season title outright, which would be the first time in school history the team has done so.

This will be no easy task, as Grand Valley and Ashland are a combined 13-1 in GLIAC play and a combined 26-3-1 in all contests this season.

If the Cardinals defense holds to form as they have been over the last month, they will have a chance to win both match-ups and possibly the GLIAC title.

The Cardinals will be home this week. Its final regular season game against Ashland kicks off 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at home.

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