ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College first seeded women's soccer team advances to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Finals after taking down the fifth-seed Albion College Britons on Tuesday evening.
Final Score: Adrian 5, Albion 2
Location: Adrian, Mich. (Docking Stadium – Adrian College)
Records: Adrian 15-4-2, Albion 8-7-2
HOW IT HAPPENED
The contest got off to a rocky start for the Bulldogs, as Albion was able to get itself on the board in the opening two minutes, giving them a 1-0 lead.
AC came alive late in the first half, scoring three goals within nine minutes of each other. MIAA Most Valuable Player Caroline Fleming was able to put Adrian on the board as she used a long free kick to her advantage, beating the goalkeeper at the crossbar in the 27th minute.
Able to record a goal of her own three minutes later, Mya Oleksiak was able to redirect a Fleming kick from the corner into the back of the net with a header.
The pairing of Molly Safreed and Angela Davis made the scoresheet next, as A. Davis fed Safreed who finished it off with a header. Just over a minute later, Albion fired back, after being gifted a penalty kick in the 34th minute.
Adrian posted two goals to put the game out of reach, both coming in the final 15 minutes. The first goal was tallied by Raquel Church as she was able to beat the goalie, after she was able to redirect a Fleming shot.
Megan Louwers closed out the game with her header off a Safreed free kick.
Earning her ninth win of the season, Ayverie Giller posted four saves.
- "This match was a great test for us. Albion is a quality side that plays with a great deal of energy and intensity. Along with that, anytime you play the same team for two straight matches, it can be hard to get the result in both. It was certainly a physical match with a lot of different sources of adversity, but I was proud that we remained focused and played with urgency in getting the win."
- "Our goal is not to make the MIAA final, it's to win the final and return to the NCAA Tournament. We know that Kalamazoo is going to come in with a great deal of confidence, and it will take our best to come out on top. It should be a great showcase of MIAA soccer and we're excited to see how we perform."
- With the game-winning goal and an assist, Molly Safreed collected three points.
- Senior Caroline Fleming had a team-high four points on one goal and two assists.
- Raquel Church and Megan Louwers both finished the day with two points, collecting header goals.
The Bulldogs look to claim their second-consecutive MIAA Championships Tournament title, hosting third-seeded Kalamazoo at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the finals.
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