Strong’s performance pushes Cardinals to tie Walsh

Saginaw Valley’s women’s soccer team pulled off a win and a draw this week to improve their record to 2-0-1.

Head coach Michael O’Neill said he knows how important it is to start the season strong.

“It’s extremely important to get off to a good start this season,” O’Neill said. “Not only to get valuable regional wins in the bank but also to reward our hard work this summer. More importantly we need to continue to maintain our standards and use the strong start as a platform for a strong season.”

On Sept. 5, the Cardinals got a win at home against Quincy University by a score of 2-1.

In the 14th minute freshman midfielder Ashley Myall assisted a goal by junior midfielder Sarah Samolinski which gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

Quincy was able to tie the score at 1-1 in the 24th minute when they found the back of the net against senior goalkeeper Olivia Argeros.

Both teams were still tied at one entering the halftime break and the score would remain there until the 55th minute.

Freshman midfielder Gabby Green was able to connect on a pass to senior forward Amy Babon who put the Cardinals ahead for good.

Argeros held Quincy to one goal while making three saves to improve her record, and the team record to 2-0 on the season.

SVSU’s second game of the week came against Walsh in a match that went the distance.

In the 5th minute of the game the Cardinals took the lead on a goal by freshman midfielder Stephanie Strong after a pass from freshman defender Lea Grunnagel.

Walsh was able to take a 2-1 lead into halftime after scoring back to back goals in the 13th and 14th minutes of the game.

Strong pulled the score even for the Cardinals in the 57th minute as she was able to score unassisted.

Both teams held tight at 2-2 through the 110th minute when the game was called at the end of double overtime.

Even though the Cardinals were unable to secure the win, O’Neill viewed the game as a solid performance.

“Performances have been impressive in many ways considering the short time we’ve been together and the number of new players we have,” O’Neill said. “We still have a lot to work on but the group has already shown signs that it will be a tough team to beat this Fall.”

O’Neill wants the team to focus on the positives going forward.

“As cliche as it sounds we are just taking it day by day and game by game,” he said. “We are embracing the competition at practice and enjoying seeing the progress we are making from week to week.”

Saginaw Valley continued their season with a game at Ohio Dominican on Sept. 12 and have their next game at Davenport on Sept. 19 to begin play in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC).


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