The women’s soccer team played against two nationally-ranked teams this week, losing the first to No. 2 Grand Valley, while beating No. 12 Ashland at home. The game against Grand Valley was a rescheduled game from September.
On Sunday, Nov. 3, the Cardinals hosted the No. 2 ranked Lakers in what was the Cardinal’s worst defensive performance of the season. The Cardinals’ trouble began in the opening minute of the game, as Grand Valley scored an unassisted goal 51 seconds in.
The Lakers continued its early lead, as less than two minutes later, the Lakers scored again.
The Lakers scored two more goals within the first 30 minutes of the game.
SVSU took out a majority of the game’s starting players, comprised of mostly young players who typically don’t start for the Cardinals.
One player on the team confirmed to The Vanguard that 14 players were unable to start because of a team rules violation that occurred over Halloween weekend.
The goal differential continued to grow, as the Lakers scored four more goals before the Cardinals switched to its usual starting goal keeper, junior Alyssa Watts.
The Cardinals were shutout by the Lakers 10-0.
On Friday, the Cardinals were able to bounce back from its loss earlier in the week, as the team defeated No. 12 Ashland at home, 4-2.
Ashland was able to strike first, scoring a goal in the ninth minute of the game. However, the 1-0 lead didn’t last long, as senior Valentina Giambanco netted the Cardinal’s first goal of the game just six minutes later.
The Cardinals saw its first lead of the game in the first half, as sophomore Amy Babon raised the lead to 2-1 in the game’s 30th minute.
Entering the second half, the Cardinals saw an early goal to from senior Molly Vanderhoff to put the Cards up 3-1.
Ashland scored once more before Giambanco scored her second goal of the game off a penalty kick, putting the game out of reach for the Eagles.
The Cardinals finished the regular season tied for second place with Ashland in the GLIAC.
The Cardinals will enter the first round of the GLIAC tournament on Sunday, Nov. 10, completed after this edition of The Valley Vanguard went to press. They will take on University of Parkside at home.