HAMMOND, Ind. – The Michigan Tech soccer team picked up its second consecutive shutout win in a 1-0 victory over Purdue Northwest from the Dowling Park Athletic Complex. The win moves the Huskies to 5-9-1 overall and 2-6 in the GLIAC as the end of the season draws nearer.
Sophomore Allison Thelen put the Huskies on the board towards the end of the first half with a headed goal. Junior Mackenzie Scholz chased after a loose ball in the Purdue Northwest (2-12-1, 0-8 GLIAC) end before evading a defender to get space on the edge of the penalty area. Scholz lifted a cross towards the goal and Thelen met the ball with her head to finish past the opposing goalkeeper for the 44th minute goal. Her goal, the first of the season and the first of her Michigan Tech career, proved to be the game-winner for the Black and Gold.
"It was tremendous effort by Mackenzie to beat her player and deliver a picture-perfect ball for Allison to head home for us," Tech head coach Michelle Jacob said of the goal. "Both of them showed great composure to make that happen today."
Tech ended the day with 16 total shots taken and 10 of them on frame, while Purdue Northwest finished with seven shots, all of them on goal. The Huskies committed 14 fouls to the Pride's nine, and Purdue Northwest earned five corners to Tech's four.
Freshman Gracie VanLangevelde earned her second clean sheet of the season by making seven saves, with six coming in the second half. On the losing end was Leonie Heck with nine stops for Purdue Northwest. Junior Jesse Jacobusse led the team with four shots, followed by three each from Scholz and sophomore Stephanie Yeager. The three tied for the team-lead in shots on goal with two each.
"Gracie was solid in net and made the saves she had to make, and was instrumental in starting our attack," Jacob said. "Overall, the team did well against a Purdue Northwest side that never gave up."
Michigan Tech will end the regular season on the road as they battle with Northern Michigan on Sunday (Nov. 8) at 2 p.m. The Wildcats (4-12, 1-7 GLIAC) suffered a 1-0 defeat to Parkside on Sunday, and were victorious 3-2 in their previous meeting with the Huskies on October 13 in Houghton.