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Huskies Look to Extend Win Streak at Lake Erie and Walsh this Weekend

Huskies Look to Extend Win Streak at Lake Erie and Walsh this Weekend

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech soccer team will head south to Ohio this weekend for the final road trip of the regular season. The Huskies have won two straight games and are 5-0 outside of Sherman field in 2016.

Michigan Tech is 8-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference going into this weekend's conference matches. The Huskies are in a tie for second place in the GLIAC standings with Ashland who is also 4-1-1. Grand Valley St. is leading the conference with a 6-0-0 record.

Senior Jacqueline Mielke powers the Tech offense with five goals, five assists, and 15 points through 11 matches in 2016. Mielke scored a pair of goals and dished out two assists in two victories last weekend. The Huskies have had a balanced attack this season with seven different players contributing goals.

On defense, Michigan Tech is allowing just 0.62 goals per game to opponents. Junior goalie Kirsen Hudak has had a tremendous season to this point and was selected as the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week this past week.

Hudak, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, added nine more saves to her 2016 totals while notching her fifth shutout of the season, running her overall record to 8-2-1 on the season. Hudak turned away eight shots to preserve a 2-1 win at Saginaw Valley State Friday followed by one save on Sunday at Northwood in a 3-0 result. On the season, Hudak has 56 saves compared to only seven goals allowed while her goals against average of 0.62 ranks second in the GLIAC. She is also tied for second in the conference in total wins and shutouts. The Huskies have also received great defensive efforts from the backline and mid-field, which has halted numerous opponent attacks before even getting close to the net.

Friday's opponent Lake Erie College enters the game with an overall record of 7-5-0 and 2-4-0 in GLIAC matches. Ashley Pryce has been the primary scoring threat for the Storm with five goals and two assists. However, the Huskies will have to be aware of Aleeya Clemons and Elizabeth Awuah who have each scored four goals on the season.

Lake Erie is averaging just over two goals per game and are allowing just under two goals per contest to opponents (1.82). The Storm has played three goalies this season, but Marissa Brannon has logged the majority of the minutes. She has started every game and posted 83 saves.

Walsh is 6-4-2 overall and 2-3-1 in the GLIAC going into the weekend and will host Northern Michigan on Friday night before entertaining the Huskies on Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers played Ferris State to a 0-0 double overtime tie last Sunday and just came up short against Grand Valley St. 1-0 last Friday.

Olivia Peters has connected on nine goals in 2016 and owns a team high 19 points to guide the Cavaliers offense. Brianna Sanborn is second on the team in scoring with four goals and leads Walsh with five assists, amounting to 13 points. The Cavaliers are averaging just under two goals per game (1.92) while holding opponents to 1.21 goals per game.

Mickey McClanahan and Dani Shambaugh have both spent an ample amount of time in front of the net. McClanahan has posted four victories with 29 saves while Shambaugh has two wins to her credit with 22 saves. There is a chance the Huskies could see both goalies in Sunday's match.

Friday's kickoff at Lake Erie is slated for 2 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. start time at Walsh on Sunday afternoon.