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Women’s soccer moves into third place

Freshman defender Lea Grunnagel dribbles the ball. Vanguard Photo Editor | Brooke Elward

SVSU’s women’s soccer team had two strong showing in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matchups during the week.

In the team’s first game of the week on Oct. 19, it was a makeup match from Oct. 8 against Northwood in Midland.

Freshman forward Reegan Kingpavong was able to assist a goal by senior forward Amy Babon in the 15th minute to get the Cardinals in front, 1-0.

Following a turnover in the 29th minute, junior midfielder Sara Samolinski scored her second goal of the season to extend the SVSU lead to two before the half.

Both goalies held their opponent scoreless in the second half, leading to a 2-0 win for the Cardinals.

Senior goalkeeper Olivia Argeros stopped all seven shots she faced in the game on her way to her sixth clean sheet of the season.

SVSU’s offense was able to take 13 shots during the game, led by freshman midfielder Stephanie Strong, who took five, and Babon, who took four.

During the teams’ second game of the week, they faced off with Davenport at home on Braddock field.

Strong scored a goal in the 28th minute after a pass from freshman defender Lea Grunnagel to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

Grunnagel got her second assist in the33rd minute after a goal by freshman defender Solana Kelly extended the SVSU lead to 2-0.

Argeros earned her second clean sheet of the week as she was able to stop all seven shots she faced from Davenport.

Strong led the way for SVSU with six shots during the game as the Cardinals were able to end with 16 shots over the course of the afternoon.

These two wins moved the Cardinals to an 8-2-2 record on the season with a 5-2-1 record on GLIAC play.

Saginaw Valley currently sits at third place in the GLIAC behind Grand Valley and Ferris State.

Strong has 10 goals this season, which places her in third in the GLIAC and 21 points is good enough for fourth.

Strong is curently the Cardinals leading scorer followed by Babon, who has scored five goals this season.

Argeros has given up the fifth-lowest number of goals and is in third for lowest average goals allowed per game while achieving seven clean sheets in nine appearances.

Saginaw Valley continued their season on Oct. 24 with a home match against Northwood, who they defeated earlier this season, and they will travel to Northern Michigan on Oct. 29.

Following this week, the Cardinals will have three games remaining before the GLIAC tournament, which begins on Nov. 9.

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