GVSU soccer caps off undefeated conference season
Lakers beat Ferris State 2-0 to improve to 12-0 in GLIAC play
Grand Valley State gained redemption against rival Ferris State on Friday night as the Laker soccer team beat the Bulldogs to avenge GVSU football's September loss to FSU.
The No. 2 GVSU women’s soccer team finished its 2015 regular season with a 2-0 victory against FSU in front of about 400 attendees. The meeting was the first and only matchup this season between the two teams.
The Lakers (16-1, 13-0 GLIAC) end regular season GLIAC play undefeated after finishing last season with one loss and a tie in conference play.
“Our conference has some good teams, players and coaches in it,” said GVSU head coach Jeff Hosler. “There’s no better word than perfect. I’m proud of the girls for that.”
The 2-0 win gave GVSU freshman goalkeeper Emily Maresh her sixth consecutive shutout. It has been more than a month since Maresh has allowed a ball to find the back of the net. She only made one save during the match against the Bulldogs, but Maresh has effectively organized a defense that, according to her, deserves a lot of the credit.
“Obviously it is a lot of our defense,” Maresh said. “Our defense is playing really well and really shutting other teams down and not even giving me any shots in the game.”
The Lakers have only allowed two goals in GLIAC play all season.
GVSU was once again without starting junior defender Clare Carlson. Carlson has not played in either of the past two matches.
“Clare is too fast for her own good,” Hosler said. “She will be back soon. She could have played tonight.”
The Bulldogs were able to stick around early in the first half with strong, physical play, but in the end could not keep up with the Lakers. GVSU outshot FSU 34-3 and had eight corner kicks to the Bulldogs' zero.
GVSU received late first half goals from junior Gabriella Mencotti and senior Maddison Reynolds. Mencotti scored her seventh goal of the season after finishing a header off a strong corner kick by fellow junior Marti Corby. Reynolds scored her second goal of the season off a loose ball in the box unassisted.
“We were having trouble getting around them, so the minute we got that corner we were like 'this has got to go in,'” Mencotti said. “When she hit it, I dove front post and it hit the back post.”
The Lakers held a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half. GVSU outshot the Bulldogs 17-1, and didn't allow any shots to reach Maresh.
The Lakers again controlled the second half. GVSU was unable to find the back of the net, but kept the Bulldogs far at bay. GVSU outshot the Bulldogs 17-2 in the second half.
The Lakers have won 16 straight matches following their loss to Quincy in the season-opener.
GVSU also finished with a perfect 12-0 conference record in 2013.
GVSU will look ahead to the GLIAC tournament, which begins Nov. 3 as the top-seeded Lakers face Malone at 7 p.m. in Allendale.