HOLLAND, Mich. – The Adrian College women's soccer team won its first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference Tournament Championship on Saturday, Nov. 3, beating top-seed and No. 17-ranked in the country Hope 1-0. It is the only time the Flying Dutch have lost at home all season.
Final Score: #2 Adrian 1, #1 Hope 0
Location: Holland, Mich. (Van Andel Soccer Stadium)
Records: Adrian 14-5-1 (7-1 MIAA), Hope 14-2-2 (7-0-1 MIAA)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Adrian scored the only goal in the match in the 13th minute when freshman McKenna Mahoney knocked home a header. Sophomore Angie Davis took a corner kick from the left side and found senior Rachel Rodeheffer in the box. Rodeheffer put a header of her own towards goal and found Mahoney, who flicked it into the top of the net.
The Bulldogs knew what they had to do in the second half – protect the lead, and they did just that. Adrian didn't take a shot in the seconds half but held Hope off the scoresheet. Hope put four shots on net in the seconds half, all of which were stopped by junior goalkeeper Ayverie Giller to preserve the clean sheet.
The win gives Adrian its first ever MIAA Tournament Championship in women's soccer and secures the Bulldogs' spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in program history.
• Mahoney scored the match's only goal in the 13th minute.
• Davis and Rodeheffer added assists on the goal
• Giller made four saves, all in the second half. The Bulldogs have now rattled off five consecutive clean sheets and have not allowed a goal against in their last 471 minutes and 59 seconds of playing time.
• Grace Bubin led Hope in shots on goal with two.
"When we were a seventh-place team two years ago, a plan was already in place. This team is full of players and their families that believed in us when no one else did, and I am incredibly grateful to them for their belief and sacrifices that have brought us to today." – Head Coach Ali Alamdari
"You can look around the room and see players that have had setbacks and challenges, but they just continue to rise. There is not an ounce of entitlement in this program. I've never coached a team more deserving of a championship than this one." – Alamdari
"I want to thank my wife Jessica for her incredible support. Every late night puts a burden on her, but she takes care of the kids and the home and it was so special to share that with them today. Coach Corby and I also want to thank former assistant coach Kim Uetrecht. She was instrumental in building this roster and their mentality, and we celebrate this success with her and everyone else that has worked to make this possible. Go Bulldogs!" - Alamdari
The Bulldogs await the selection of the NCAA Committee to find out where they will be headed for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The first two rounds are scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 10-11.
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