HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech soccer team is back on the road this week for a pair of non-conference matches at the University of Wisconsin Parkside and Purdue Northwest. The Huskies began a stretch of four straight road contests last weekend at Bemidji State and Winona State.
Michigan Tech split the matches a weekend ago, falling to a very good Bemidji State team on Friday 3-1 before rallying in the second half to top Winona State on Sunday 2-1. The Huskies enter the weekend with an overall record of 2-1-1 through the first four games of the 2018 season.
On Sunday, Tech recorded two unanswered goals in the second half to rally for the 2-1 non-conference victory at Winona State. The Warriors took a 1-0 edge in the 12th minute, but the Huskies kept battling and tied the game in the 71st minute followed by the game winning kick in the 82nd minute.
Michigan Tech created the game tying scoring chance in the 71st minute, producing a corner kick in the offensive zone. Anna Gulan lined up the ball in the corner, lobbing it into the box where it got deflected onto to the foot of Stephanie Yeager. Yeager fired a quick shot in front of the net past the keeper to tie the match at 1-1.
In the 82nd minute, Tech's attack paid off again when Grace Shaw found some space to take what would be the game winning shot. Shaw delivered the ball into the top right corner of the net past the outstretched hands of the goalie Valkner for a 2-1 lead. It was Shaw's second goal of the 2018 campaign, with both being game winners for the Huskies.
Marisa DeMario, Loughlin, and Shatrau each had a team high three shots for the Huskies Sunday afternoon. Yeager and Shaw each had two attempts with both players combining for the two goals. Sophomore goalie Amanda Young matched a career high with 10 saves in 90 minutes of work in front of the net. DeMario had the Huskies' goal in Friday's match at Bemidji State.
Parkside has four matches in the books this season and enter Friday's showdown with an overall record of 1-3-1. The Rangers have mainly faced GLVC opponents, including games against Quincy and Indianapolis last week. Parkside's win was a 3-0 shutout of Concordia-New York on September 1st and the tie was a 2-2 double overtime decision against Lewis. Last weekend the Rangers fell to Quincy 2-0 and Indianapolis 2-1.
Parkside is led offensively by Myah Strokosch with two goals and on defense goalie Lara Ferrari has made 15 saves. The Rangers are averaging 1.60 goals per match while surrendering 1.40 goals per contest to opponents.
Purdue Northwest has played five matches and recorded two wins so far in 2018. The Pride defeated Lawrence Tech 2-0 and Illinois-Springfield 1-0 last Tuesday and Thursday before falling to Southern Indiana 2-1 Saturday and Taylor 3-0 earlier this week. Purdue Northwest is 2-3 overall and will play Northern Michigan in Marquette Friday afternoon before facing the Huskies on Sunday.
The Pride have four players with one goal each as Shelby Ross, Brook Switzer, Sydney Hanson, and Reanna Soto have each found the back of the net this year. Three different goalkeepers have played minutes, with Lucie Ashmore logging the most time and saves. She has 11 stops in front of the net while Halle Stork and Kelley Sharp each have a start and one win. As a team, Purdue Northwest is averaging one goal per match, but surrendering 2.75 goals per match to opponents.
Friday afternoon's contest at Parkside is slated for 3:30 p.m. eastern time with a 1 p.m. eastern time kickoff scheduled for Sunday at Purdue Northwest.