SVSU’s men’s soccer recorded its fourth win in a row and 12th overall after a 3-1 victory while visiting Northwood on Friday, Nov. 8.
With the win the Cardinals secured the second overall seed in the GLIAC soccer tournament after a 12-5-1 regular season that featured a 10-4 record vs GLIAC opponents.
SVSU opened the scoring with a goal by freshman forward Kairo Coore, assisted by freshman midfielder Robbie Baker, in the matches 12th minute of action.
Northwood evened the score at one after another 17 minutes of play, but this would be their only goal of the game.
In the second-half SVSU scored two more goals. Sophomore midfielder Brady Walker scored after a Connor Rutz assist in the 55th minute. Five minutes later Rutz, scored a goal of his own on an assist from Kairo Coore.
Rutz’s goal was his ninth of the season which tied him for the GLIAC goal scoring title in the regular season.
Junior goalie Mason Maziasz only faced three shots, saving two of them.
The goal was Coore’s seventh of the year, tying him for fifth place in the GLIAC.
This was the first season that SVSU has defeated Northwood; counting wins that are still recognized by the NCAA, SVSU has not achieved this feat in any season in their available records which date to 2005.
Head coach Louis Burrow said the team played well together.
“It is an absolutely fantastic accomplishment, and it’s all because of the lads,” he said. “They came together today, and when the game got really difficult, they all gritted their teeth and really stuck together.”
SVSU will continue its season on Friday, Nov. 15, in the semi-finals of the GLIAC Tournament.
After earning a first-round bye, the team is awaiting the winner of the Monday, Nov. 11 contest between Ashland and Davenport. SVSU will face the winning team at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.