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Women’s soccer soars to Regional Final match

Nov. 18: SVSU 0 (3), Ferris State 0 (0) Nov. 20: SVSU 3, Drury 2

A goal by freshman midfielder Gabby Green in the 98th minute of Saginaw Valley’s second round match in the 2021 Division II Women’s Soccer Tournament kept the Cardinals season alive as the team won 3-2 in overtime.

On Nov. 16, SVSU was selected to participate in the tournament and was labeled as the six-seed in the Midwest Region.

As the six-seed, Saginaw Valley was slated to play against GLIAC champion Ferris State in the first round.

In the regular season, SVSU played to a 0-0 draw and a 1-0 loss against the Bulldogs. During the Nov. 18 match with Ferris, senior goalkeeper Olivia Argeros saved all 16 shots that she faced from the Bulldogs.

It was a chippy first-half, as the teams each had four fouls without any leading to cards. Ferris continued its aggression in the second-half, earning nine fouls compared to just two from SVSU.

Saginaw Valley’s offense was held to just eight shots in the match which produced no goals in regulation.

On defense, the Cardinals successfully kept seven corner kick attempts out of the net to help give its offense a chance at a counter attack.

Neither team scored in either overtime period, pushing the game into Penalty Kicks to determine the winner.

Sophomore midfielder Dori Payne shot first for the Cardinals, but her attempt was stopped.

Freshman forward Michelle Missler, senior forward Amy Babon and freshman midfielder Ashley Myall successfully took the next three attempts for SVSU.

Argeros stopped all three penalty shots

that she faced, giving SVSU the win by a score of 0-0 (3-0).

Freshman defender Lea Grunnagel had two shots on goal for the Cardinals and a yellow card in the match.

Myall added one shot on goal in the match during regulation, along with the final penalty kick to secure the win.

After the upset win in the first round, the Cardinals were slated to face the Drury Panthers who were champions of the GLVC and were coming off of an upset win of its own.

An error by the Panthers goalie Kaitlyn Knetzke allowed sophomore midfielder Sarah Fredrick to score unassisted in the 29th minute of the match.

Argeros saved every shot she faced in the first half, helping the Cardinals preserve its 1-0 lead.

In the second half the scoring went back- and-forth with freshman forward Stephanie Strong scoring for Saginaw Valley to help force overtime.

Green scored in the first overtime period to give the Cardinals a 3-2 victory, moving them to the Super-Region championship match against Grand Valley on Dec. 3.

Strong led the Cardinals with four shots and three shots on goal. She scored once.

Argeros ended the match with four saves against the six shots that she faced.

Saginaw Valley’s match with Grand Valley will be its second on the season, as it lost 3-2 during the match on Oct. 15 at home.

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