HOUGHTON, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University women's soccer team swept weekend play in the U.P. with a big overtime win against Michigan Tech. With the two wins the Cardinals improve to 8-5 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
SVSU was first on the scoreboard with a very early goal coming in the second minute of play as Valentina Giambanco found Sakura Bals to put the Cardinals up, 1-0. This score would hold true through the remainder of the first half.
The Cardinals held MTU to two corner kicks in the first half and had five opportunities in comparison. The Huskies out-shot SVSU in the first half but Alyssa Watts was able to keep all four attempts she saw out of the goal.
The Huskies added a goal late in the second half at the 71' mark to knot the match, 1-1, and push the match into overtime. The Cardinals added eight shots, compared to the Huskies five, in the second half but were unable to find the net. SVSU would match their first half corner kicks in the second half but were unable to capitalize on any of the opportunities.
The Cardinals entered overtime hungry for a win as Sarah Fredrick fought her way through the defense to score an unassisted goal in the 91' mark to give SVSU the, 2-1, victory over the hosting MTU Huskies.
Inside the Boxscore
- Watts improves to 6-3 in the net for the Cardinals and tied a season high of five saves in the win over MTU.
- Bals' match opening goal was her fourth of the season.
- Giambanco's assist gives her four on the season.
- Fredrick's goal was her second on the year and was her first game winning goal as a Cardinal.
From Head Coach Michael O'Neill
"It was a great battle today against a very tough Michigan Tech team. To get two wins in the U.P. is never easy and we really had to dig deep for the win today. Three games left and all to play for!"
The Cardinals host the Davenport Panthers Friday (Nov. 1) in another league matchup. First kick will be at 1:00 p.m. at Braddock Field. Follow all the action live at svsucardinals.com