Bulldog Women's Soccer Battles Defending National Champs To Wire In One-Goal Setback

Bulldog Women's Soccer Battles Defending National Champs To Wire In One-Goal Setback

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's soccer team gave defending national champion Grand Valley State all it could handle, but came out on the short end of a 3-2 decision on Saturday (Sept. 20) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play at the FSU Soccer Field.

The Bulldogs struck first only 11:17 into the outing on junior forward Nichole Boehnke's first goal of the year on a rebound try off a save following an initial attempt from junior Casey Shauman, who received the assist.

The Lakers, though, answered at 17:35 of the first period when Marti Corby notched her first goal of the year and of the contest on a shot from the middle off a Katie Klunder feed.

Corby notched her second goal of the day in unassisted fashion at 53:50 of the second half on a shot off the corner that dropped in past the goalkeeper, giving GVSU a 2-1 edge.

However, Ferris State responded to tie it back up on Shauman's first goal of the campaign. Both Boehnke and Dolan were credited with assists at the 55 minute mark.

Grand Valley State got the go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner as Corby completed the hat trick with her third goal of the afternoon at 68:31 on an unassisted shot following a turnover.

The Bulldogs had opportunities throughout the contest, but could not come up with the tying goal to send the contest to overtime.

Overall, FSU held a slim 14-13 edge in total shots with nine on goal to seven for the Lakers. The Bulldogs also held a 4-2 edge in corner kick tries. Ferris State had 12 fouls in the contest to nine for the Lakers.

FSU's Maddie Haustein made four saves in playing the entire 90 minutes in net for the Bulldogs while GVSU's Andrea Strauss stopped seven FSU scoring chances in going the distance.

Ferris State fell to 1-3-1 overall this season with the setback in the league opener while the fourth-ranked Lakers improved to 4-1-0 on the year.

The Bulldogs are back in action as they visit Walsh on Friday, Sept. 26, for a 7 p.m. (ET) league encounter in Canton, Ohio. FSU then takes on Tiffin on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 12 p.m. (ET) in Tiffin, Ohio.