The University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s soccer team played two of their last four games this past week. The team played Cornerstone University Golden Eagles at Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview, Michigan, and the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers in Lima, Ohio.
The Golden Eagles got away with a 3-0 victory and the top ranked Racers took a commanding 6-0 win.
The two teams were closely matched in the opening minutes of the Cornerstone game with the Wolverines nearly having a slight edge. The Wolverines recorded seven of their nine total shots in the first 30 minutes. The first goal of the night was a Cornerstone goal scored by Gabriel Richard High School graduate Makayela Shepperd in her return to the school (34:09). UM-Dearborn did not take any other shots in the half.
The second half began with an offside call on the Wolverines and was quickly followed by a second Golden Eagle goal, which was scored on a rebound after a save from junior Jordan Anheuser (47:15). She had 10 saves in the effort. The final goal of the night was a long distance shot over the goalkeeper’s head and into the far corner. UM-Dearborn added two more shots before the game ended.
Senior Jenna Rogers led the team with four shots and two shots on goal. UM-Dearborn’s shots were contributed by Rogers, sophomore Marley Kuzner, freshmen Gabriella Teems, Melanie Skamiera, and Kylie Cornwell. The Golden Eagles had 29 shots and 13 shots on goal compared to the Wolverines’ nine shots and four shots on goal.
University of Northwestern Ohio is the number one ranked team in the entire Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). The near undefeated Racers (14-1, WHAC 9-0) have handed out much worse losses than 6-0. As soon as the game began, the Wolverines had their defense put to the test. The Racers opened with nine shots in a row before scoring two back-to-back goals (14:14 & 17:16). This was followed by a goal from almost outside the box (21:39). After four more shots, a fourth goal was scored in minute 29. Most of the damage had been done in the first half.
UNOH recorded two more goals and 10 more shots in the second half (59:33 & 82:19). Teems supplied the only shot and shot on goal for the Wolverines during the 75th minute. The match was a true test of UM-Dearborn’s defense and goalkeeping abilities. Anheuser contributed 11 saves from 17 shots on goal. The Wolverines were outshot 32 to 1.
The Wolverine record stands at 1-12, WHAC 0-9. The final games of the season for the University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s soccer team are quickly approaching as UM-Dearborn takes on the Rochester Warriors on October 30th at 1:30 p.m. in Rochester, MI.