The University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s soccer team played their final two games of the 2019 season this past week. In the penultimate game of the 2019 season, the Wolverines orchestrated a fantastic comeback victory over the Warriors of Rochester University.
The afternoon match, played in Pontiac, Michigan, ended with a score of 3-2. The final match of the season was a 2-0 loss to the Warriors of Indiana Tech at Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview, MI.
The first match began in the wrong way with Rochester taking the lead just 1:20 into the game. To make matters worse, the Warriors followed that up with another goal to quickly put the Wolverines behind 2-0 (9:37). During the next twelve minutes, UM-Dearborn got five shots with the fifth being the second goal of the season for senior defender Claire Slamka. She was assisted by freshman Gabriella Teems. With a score of 2-1, the Wolverines went back to work. Minutes before the first half ended, freshman Allison Garrett tied the game with her first career goal. The goal was scored on an assist from freshman Katie Costello.
Both teams were fighting for the lead as the second half began. In the 59th minute, Teems scored the go-ahead goal on another assist from Costello. This was the final goal of the game and cemented the 3-2 Wolverine victory.
The victory marks the first win in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference for UM-Dearborn this season. Soon after a save from junior Jordan Anheuser, Teems scored the go-ahead goal after another valuable assist from Costello. Both teams finished with 13 shots on goal. Anheuser finished with 11 saves in the match. The Wolverines were outshot 21-15 in the victory.
The last game of the season began with a ceremony to honor the impressive careers of seniors Jenna Rogers and Claire Slamka as Wolverines. The opening minutes saw two teams that appeared to be evenly matched. As the first half ended, both teams were still looking to strike first. Each team had five shots and one corner kick during the first half.
Indiana Tech came into the half with an edge over UM-Dearborn. The Warriors took the lead soon after the half began (48:55). Indiana Tech would go on to hold the lead until they scored a goal to pad the score in the final minutes of the game (86:05). The entire UM-Dearborn roster played hard in their season finale. A notable effort was made by freshman Kylie Cornwell who recorded a team high of four shots and three shots on goal. The freshmen showed great signs for the future. The Wolverine shots were contributed by Cornwell, Melanie Skamiera, Teems, and Marta Andreu. Anheuser contributed six saves in the effort.
- UM-Dearborn finished second in the WHAC for total saves and an average of 9.6 per game. The Wolverines led the league with a game high of 14 corner kicks.
- Jordan Anheuser ranked first overall in total saves throughout the WHAC with a very impressive 144 on the season.
- Jenna Rogers finished 17th in the WHAC in shots per game with an average of 2.67 shots per game and 32 shots total.
- Gabriella Teems ranked 15th in the WHAC for shots on goal per game with an average of 1.4 each game and 21 SOG total. She also led the team with 34 total shots, eight points, and three goals.
- Katie Costello and Teems tied the team lead with 2 assists each on the season.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s soccer team finalized the club’s third season in program history (2-13-0, WHAC 1-10-0). This concludes the third season under Coach Toney and the second under Coach Easter.