The University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s soccer team took down the Goshen College Maple Leafs to claim their first win of the season. The 2-1 victory brings the team’s overall record to a solid 1-1-0. The game was marked by physicality and precision, the Wolverines made sure to amplify its intensity to pull off the hard-fought win. UM-Dearborn hosted its non-conference opponent at Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview.
The Maple Leafs took an early lead after a loose ball slipped past the Wolverines for an own goal (13:34). UM-Dearborn was not discouraged and answered with a beautifully orchestrated goal with 4.2 seconds left in the half. With ten seconds remaining, sophomore Margaret Miller placed a perfect free kick right in front of the goal to allow junior Madison Day to score on a diving play just before time was up. Her first goal of the season tied the game at 1-1.
This physical matchup became even more demanding during the second half. The game had 20 of its 29 total fouls coming in the second half. Goshen committed 18 total fouls while UM-Dearborn committed 11. For comparison, the Wolverine’s first game of the season only had three fouls total. Goshen also received three yellow cards in the match.
This was anyone’s game to win as both teams shared the ball an equal amount of time in each half of the pitch. Both sides traded blows until a defensive clear from freshman Kyla Dusicska set up senior Jenna Rogers for an offensive opportunity. Rogers single-handedly avoided two defenders to score from outside the penalty area and take the lead (76:41). She had one shot on the night.
The Wolverines held their lead tight and never eased off until the final time had expired to solidify their 2-1 victory. Aggressive defense and a carefully coordinated offense made the win possible.
The Maple Leafs outshot the Wolverines 16-9. The Wolverines were impressively accurate with eight of their nine shots being on goal, while Goshen only had five on goal.
Freshman Gabriella Teems and Melanie Skamiera both made notable contributions in setting up offensive opportunities. They both led the Wolverines with three shots each. Jordan Anheuser registered four saves compared to Goshen’s goalkeeper Katie Baer’s six. Before this match, Baer saved 19 of the 21 shots she had seen.
UM-Dearborn hosts Cumberland at Gabriel Richard High School on September 15th at 11:00 AM.