Bulldogs Advance to MIAA Championship After a 2-1 Win Over Hope

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College men's soccer team defeated Hope 2-1 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) semifinal game and advance to face the No. 1 ranked Calvin Knights in the conference championship game on Saturday. Mark Proctor scored the game-winning goal at the 41:12 mark of the first half to send the Bulldogs to the championship.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Adrian 2, Hope 1

Location: Adrian, Michigan (Docking Stadium)

Records: Adrian (11-5-2), Hope (7-10-2)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Garrett Miller had the first good chance to score at the 16:35 mark of the first when a free kick from Zachary Roller bounced around in the box and Miller shot low toward the center of the net but Hope keeper, Blair McCormick (L, 3-5-2) made a great diving save to preserve the 0-0 tie.

 Jordan Miller broke the scoreless tie in the 18th minute when he outran the defense and carried the ball into the box, shooting across the goal and beating McCormick to put the Bulldogs up 1-0.

The first half ended with the Flying Dutchmen tallying 10 shot attempts to the Bulldogs eight. Hope also edged Adrian in shots on goal (4-3) and corner kicks (5-1).

Hope cut the Adrian lead in half with a goal in the 63rd minute from Christian Dault. Dault split two defenders out the box and was able to smash a shot past Adrian goalkeeper Spencer Brown (W, 8-2-2) to put the Flying Dutch on the board. Hope kept the pressure on the Bulldogs but ran out of time before the equalizer could be scored.

Adrian compiled 18 shot attempts, six shots on goal, and four corner kicks in the contest; Hope finished with 13 shot attempts, five shots on goal, and eight corner kicks.

TOP DOGS

Jordan Miller and Garrett Miller had a game-high two shots on goal--Jordan Miller scored on his first shot attempt of the game.

Mark Proctor scored on his only shot on net for the night.

Justin Tobin tallied a shot on goal. 

Spencer Brown saved four of the five shots he faced.

THE OPPOSITION

• Dault scored his goal on his only shot attempt that was on goal (four attempts total).

• Steve Binnig, Isaac Braak, David White, and Ryan Woodside each tallied a shot on goal.

• Blair McCormick saved four of the six shots he faced. 

UP NEXT

The Bulldogs will travel to Grand Rapids on Saturday, November 4 to face the No. 1 ranked Calvin Knights in the MIAA Championship game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., ET.

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