The University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s soccer team squared off against the Lawrence Tech Blue Devils on Wednesday and the Cleary University Cougars on Saturday.
The first game was a cold and rainy night game at home. The wind and wet playing conditions made it difficult for either side to put much power into their kicks. This was reflected by the 1-0 final score in Lawrence Tech’s favor. The match brought UM-Dearborn’s Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) record to 0-2.
The opening 45 minutes saw an almost even distribution of shots from both sides, the Blue Devils had the edge by one. The teams fought for the first goal, but neither side got one in the back of the net until the second half. When the second half arrived, both teams were still playing hard with nothing on the scoreboard. That all changed when the Blue Devils scored the game’s winning goal on a shot that went high over the head of junior goalkeeper Jordan Anheuser (73:32). She had an impressive 11 saves on the night but couldn’t quite save the high shot.
The Wolverines struggled with accuracy, only three of their 13 shots were on goal. In their defense, rainy conditions made for an inauspicious soccer match. The team was led in shots by senior Jenna Rogers with six shots and two shots on goal. Freshman Melanie Skamiera recorded three total shots, including the only other to reach the goal. Freshman Gabriella Teems also contributed with three shots. Despite the rain, the team supplied two more shots than their previous average of 11 shots per game.
The next match was played against Cleary University at Gabriel Richard High School with the Cleary Cougars taking the game with a 3-0 shutout. The teams had a quietly active first half with each team having nine shots and no goals. In similar fashion to the first game, both sides were still looking for the go ahead goal at the end of the first half.
The second half saw the game break wide open in Cleary’s favor. The Cougars scored in the 55th minute to take the lead. Cleary followed up with two more goals in minute 70 and minute 83 to seal their 3-1 victory.
Shots were contributed by Rogers, Teems, freshman Katie Costello, Skamiera, freshman Marta Andreu, and junior Kirsten Burek. The Wolverines again had 13 shots and five shots on goal whereas Cleary had 17 shots and nine shots on goal. Anheuser had six saves compared to Cleary’s five.
Despite the final scores not being in UM-Dearborn’s favor, the Wolverines typically outshoot their opponent and play at a high-level defensively. The rest will come down to execution and late-game focus.
The pair of losses drags the Wolverine record to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the WHAC. The Wolverines have a tough away matchup on Wednesday against Siena Heights University (7-3-1).