Wolverines show resilience against the Saints, Cardinals

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Photo//UM-Dearborn Athletics. Freshman Gabriella Teems dribbles the ball up for UM-Dearborn.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s soccer team met this week with the Saints of Siena Heights and the Cardinals of Concordia University. Siena Heights won the first match in a 1-0 final and Concordia took the second match with a 2-0 victory. 

The first match was played in Adrian, Michigan against Siena Heights. The game was expected to be tough as the Saints boast a 5-1 record in conference play. This makes them the second highest ranked team in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). The Wolverines played without being intimidated and worked hard to keep themselves in the game. In the 19th minute of the game, Siena Heights scored on a shot placed in the top right corner of the goal to take a 1-0 lead. The shot would end up being the only goal of the game for a 1-0 Saints victory. 

The Wolverines were able to get off an accurate seven shots with five of them being on goal. The Saints had 11 shots on goal from 19 total shots. The midfielders and the defense worked especially hard in this match to only allow one goal on 19 shots. Junior Jordan Anheuser also recorded an impressive 10 saves. Anhesuer, senior Claire Slamka, junior Kirsten Burek, and freshman Marta Andreu played all 90 minutes in the match. 

The next match was played in Ann Arbor, Michigan against Concordia University. The Cardinals took hold of the game right away. Concordia took an early lead after a chipped shot went over the goalkeeper’s head (15:30). The first half ended with UM-Dearborn being outshot 11-5. 

The second half began with the Wolverines getting off three quick shots in a row. As the middle of the second half was nearing, Concordia scored the final goal of the game for a 2-0 final (63:28). The teams finished with a shot ratio of 24-9 with the Cardinals having the edge. Anheuser contributed another 10 saves in the effort. This brings her season total to 78. Shots were contributed by: senior Jenna Rogers, sophomore Margaret Miller, and freshmen Andreu, Gabriella Teems, Allison Garrett and Melanie Skamiera. 

Andreu led the team with two shots on goal. The team put forth a good defensive effort as they allowed just two goals on 24 shots, but UM-Dearborn has had some difficulties initiating and executing their offense the past few games. 

UM-Dearborn has created a young team with plenty of talent and plenty of room to continue growing. This pair of losses takes the UM-Dearborn record to 1-8 overall (0-5 WHAC). The Wolverines will look to right the ship against Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday at 7 p.m.