Ferris State Unbeaten Streak Halted In Heartbreaking OT Setback

Ferris State Unbeaten Streak Halted In Heartbreaking OT Setback

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's soccer team saw its 12-match unbeaten streak come to a halt on Friday (Oct. 16) as the Bulldogs suffered a heart-breaking 1-0 overtime setback to the Northern Michigan Wildcats at the FSU Soccer Field.

The Bulldogs, who had not lost since the first weekend of the season in early September, battled the Wildcats thru 90 scoreless minutes of action as the contest headed to overtime.

In the first overtime stanza, at 2:27, NMU's Carmen Villarruel scored the game-winner on a rebound shot in front of the net to lift NMU to the win. The inital Wildcat shot deflected off the crossbar and found Villarruel, who put the unassisted shot just past the outstretched arm of FSU senior goalkeeper Maddie Haustein.

The setback was Ferris State's first in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play as FSU fell to 11-3-1 overall and 7-1-1 in the GLIAC with the loss.

Northern Michigan improved to 5-7-0 and 5-3-0 in league play with the triumph.

The contest was played under chilly and windy conditions as both teams took advantage of the wind as NMU held a 7-5 edge in total shots the first half and the Bulldogs tallied an 8-6 second-half advantage. In OT, the Wildcats outshot FSU 2-1 as the visitors posted a 15-14 margin in total shots.

Haustein played all 92:27 in net for the Bulldogs and came up with seven saves while NMU's Alexandra Simmons stopped three shots in earning the win.

Ferris State was led by Meredith Smith, who totaled five shots. Both Casey Shauman and Rachel Fouts had three shots apiece.

Overall, Northern Michigan also held a 7-4 advantage in corner kick tries and was called for four fouls compared to FSU's three.

The Bulldogs will wrap-up their weekend league homestand by hosting Michigan Tech on Sunday (Oct. 18) starting at 12 p.m. (ET).