Bulldogs and Comets Tie in MIAA Semifinals, Olivet Advances on Penalty Kicks

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Zeiler
Photo Courtesy of Rachel Zeiler

OLIVET, Mich. – The Adrian College women's soccer team tied Olivet 0-0 in two overtimes in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association semifinal round. The Comets won 5-4 in penalty kicks eliminating the Bulldogs and earning the right to compete in the championship game on Saturday.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Adrian 0, Olivet 0 – Final 2/OT (Olivet won 5-4 in penalty kicks.)

Location: Olivet, Michigan (Cutler Athletic Complex)

Records:  Adrian (13-5-3), Olivet (13-6-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Bulldogs got the first scoring chance when Allyse Zondlak crossed a ball into the box to Caroline Fleming. Fleming passed the ball to Kirsten Chambers at the top of the box and Chambers shot for the top left corner of the net, but the ball was saved by Olivet keeper, Samantha Gifford (T, 4-1-1).

Olivet's best chance came in the 39th minute when Isabelle Leon received the ball at the top of the box and booted a high shot that Ayverie Giller (T, 13-4-3) was able to punch up and over the net to preserve the scoreless tie.

The first half ended with the Bulldogs tallying two shot attempts, one on goal. The Adrian defense did well holding the Comets to only one shot on goal. Olivet had a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks for the opening half.

The Comets had numerous chances in the second half but were halted by Giller who made big saves to keep the scoreless tie intact.

The score remained tie through regulation. The Comets had a 6-4 edge in shots on goal and 12-8 in shot attempts. Olivet also claimed a 12-2 decision in corner kicks for the first two periods.

The teams traded possession for most of the first overtime period. The Bulldogs were the only team to register a shot on goal, tallying two. The teams were even with six shots on goal each.

Both teams had chances in the second overtime, but neither team was able to put the ball into the net. The Bulldogs chance came when Cassidy Conner shot from in the box but the ball sailed high. The score remained tied at the end of the second overtime period, resulting in a tie.

The game would go to penalty kicks to decide the advancing team.

 The Comets won 5-4 on penalty kicks and earned the right to advance to the MIAA Championship game.

TOP DOGS

Caroline Fleming led the Bulldogs with three shot attempts, two on goal.

Kirsten Chambers also tallied two shots on goal to lead the Adrian offense.

Allyse Zondlak and Raquel Church each had a shot on goal.

• Giller saved all six shot she faced in the contest.

THE OPPOSITION

• Essen led Olivet with five shot attempts, two on goal.

• Chelsie Smith, Isabelle Leon, Miranda Quick, and Rachael Durocher each had one shot on goal.

• Gillford saved all six shots she faced in the game.

All-MIAA HONORS

Adrian had four players selected to the 2017 All-MIAA Women's Soccer Teams:

2017 Women's Soccer All-MIAA First Team
F – Grace Bubin, Hope
F – Emma Essen, Olivet
F – Caroline Fleming, Adrian
F – Isabelle Leon, Olivet
F – Libby Munoz, Kalamazoo
F – Allie Wittenbach, Hope
M – Amanda Mladenovski, Alma
M – Camie Rietberg, Calvin
D – Sarah Castellano, Albion
D – Kali Mouw, Calvin
D – Rachel Rodeheffer, Adrian
GK – Kristina Veljovic, Trine

2017 Women's Soccer All-MIAA Second Team
F – Erin Brophy, Hope
F – McKenna O'Shea, Saint Mary's
M – Rylie Dalton, Hope
M – Erica Hoot, Trine
M – Abby Koops, Calvin
D – Melissa Brick, Adrian
D/M – Alyssa Brooks, Albion
D – Christina Dandar, Kalamazoo
D – Sarah George, Kalamazoo
D – Makenzie Rajewski, Alma
GK – Jordanne Ellingboe, Hope
GK – Ayverie Giller, Adrian

2017 MIAA Women's Soccer Most Valuable Player
Isabelle Leon, Olivet

Season Wrap Up

Adrian will end the season with a 13-5-3 record. The team had four players earn All-MIAA honors.

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