Saginaw Valley’s women’s soccer team lost to Grand Valley, 2-0, in the NCAA DII Regional Final on Dec. 3.
The loss ended the Cardinals most successful season in program history. SVSU ends with a record of 14-6-3.
Grand Valley once again was too much for the Cardinals.
Since 2004, the Cardinals have now gone 1-28-4 against the Lakers, who are also a member of the GLIAC.
A scoreless first half was possible thanks to the defensive play of the SVSU defenders
and four saves by senior goalkeeper Olivia Argeros.
On offense, the Cardinals were able to take one shot the entire first half and were unable to earn a corner kick.
Following a defensive breakdown, Grand Valley was able to score a goal in the 57th minute when GLIAC goal leader Greta Deloach found the back of the net.
This goal forced the Saginaw Valley offense to be more aggressive, which goes against its defense-first mentality.
For SVSU, the offensive push led to four shots for the team in the second half.
While the offense was able to take more shots, it was unable to put any on net which made an easy day for the Lakers goalie.
Another goal for the Lakers in the 81st minute pushed its lead to 2-0, making it nearly impossible for the Cardinals to make a comeback.
Argeros ended the match saving five of the seven shots that she faced, but it wasn’t enough for the Cardinals to earn the win.
Freshman defender Lea Grunnagel led Saginaw with two shots in the game, but neither were on net.
Sophomore midfielder Sarah Fredrick, freshman midfielder Reegan Kingpavong and freshman forward Stephanie Strong had the other three shots for SVSU.
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