Wolverines miss shot at first home win

Photo Courtesy of UM-Dearborn Athletics, Junior Jordan Anheuser clearing the ball for the Wolverines.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s soccer team began their 2019 season with a tough game against the Foresters of Huntington University. The Wolverines played their home opener at Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview, Michigan. The final score was 3-1 with an unfortunate Huntington victory. UM-Dearborn was led by third-year head coach Danielle Toney and second-year assistant coach George Easter. 

Starting in goal for the Wolverines was Junior Jordan Anheuser. Anheuser is coming off of two very impressive seasons with at least 145 saves. She recorded her first seven saves of the season while allowing three goals. Huntington’s first two goals came quickly from Avery Giguere (9:15) and Hannah Williams (11:15). The teams traded shots until the first half ended. 

The Wolverines came out full of energy at the start of the second half. A Michigan goal was inevitable with the effort they showed. After three saves in the period from Anheuser, the Wolverines fired back with a long-distance goal scored by Freshman midfielder Gabriella Teems (53:45). This marks her first career goal. She was assisted by another freshman, Marta Andreu. Teems had another shot on goal later in the game that was saved in a diving play by opposing goalkeeper Maddy Moan. Moan registered four saves in the match on five shots on goal. 

Huntington’s Courtney McKown later sealed the deal with the team’s third and final goal of the game to win 3-1. 

Photo Courtesy of UM-Dearborn Athletics, Freshman Gabriella Teems dribbles up the field.

The abundant determination from both sides made for a tiring game. Each time Michigan could clear the ball, Huntington was exceptional at controlling and maintaining the loose ball. Their defense swarmed the Wolverine forwards and made it difficult to get high quality looks at the goal.

Seniors Jenna Rogers and Claire Slamka both contributed notably. Rogers led the Wolverines with two shots on goal and four shots total under heavy defensive pressure. Slamka was an anchor of the defense providing valuable clears and plenty of stops. The Wolverine defense had a lot of work to do to stifle the constant pressure from Huntington’s forwards.

Huntington had 19 shots, while Michigan had 10. The difference in shooting helped the Wolverines register more saves than the Foresters (7-4). The crisp passing and excellent ball control made the quick two-goal gap too difficult to recover from. 

The Wolverines will look for their first win on August 31st when Goshen College comes to town for a 4:30 game at Gabriel Richard. UM-Dearborn’s record falls to 0-1.