1-0 loss to Quincy ends record-setting season
Team ends with winning record for sixth straight year
November 16, 2009 —
The saying “all good things must come to and end” proved to be true for the women’s soccer team.
SVSU traveled to Kentucky during the weekend for the first round of the Midwest Regional to take on No. 24-ranked Quincy University. The Cardinals dropped a 1-0 decision, ending their record-breaking season.
Quincy scored at the 14:11 mark of the first half. The Cards’ offense, which had the third highest scoring average in the GLIAC, was unable to score the equalizer. The shutout marked only the third time this season that the Cardinals were held without a goal.
The Cardinals had a number of chances late in the game, although they couldn’t get the ball behind Quincy senior goalkeeper Toni Eye, who recorded her 12th shutout of the season for the Hawks. For the game, the Cardinals were outshot 11-10.
While the season may be over, it is one to be remembered, as the Cardinals finished with a school-record 14 wins. They also advanced to the finals of the GLIAC tournament, where they lost to Grand Valley 2-1 in a shootout.
For the season, the Cardinals finished 10-1-2 in conference, good enough for second place behind the Lakers.
The season marked the sixth consecutive season the Cards’ have finished with a winning record under head coach Drago Dumbovic, although he is quick to give credit to his players.
“I have been blessed with great athletes throughout the years,” Dumbovic said.
Usually with team success comes individual awards, which was no different for SVSU. Senior forward Jaclyn Barrett, senior midfielder Renee Privette, and freshman defender Abby Bellamy were all named to the 2009 All-GLIAC Second Team. Dumbovic was also named the GLIAC Coach of the Year.
Along with Barrett and Privette, the Cardinals also lose senior defenders Kristen Kemmer and Emily Mattei, who are all out of eligibility.
Losing only four seniors may not seem like a huge number, although when you consider how much Kemmer, Barrett, Privette, and Mattei have contributed, they leave the Cardinals will gaping holes to fill in the upcoming season.
Barrett was the only Cardinal to start in every game this season, while recording team-high 12 goals, including two game-winning goals.
Privette made the most of her three goals, with two of them being game winners.
Kemmer and Mattei logged a lot of minutes for a defense that allowed the second fewest goals against per game in the GLIAC. No matter how you look at it, the Cardinals will need players to step up to replace the four seniors.
For the season, the Cardinals finished with a 14-3-3 record and advanced to the Division II playoffs for the first time in school history.
Key Players Returning
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