Wickes Stadium to host women's soccer showdown
Lady Cardinals off to best conference start in history, prepare for nationally ranked Ashland Saturday
October 17, 2005 —
SVSU women's soccer coach Drago Dumbovic just wanted to get through the road games before the team came back to play in the friendly confines of the renovated Wickes Stadium.
Both the men's and women's teams will play host to nationally ranked Ashland's teams in the football stadium on Saturday.
The soccer organization has lofty goals, as they hope to host 4,000 fans to display their athletes. Dumbovic said he thinks that the event will open up a new frontier and also serve as a recruiting help for both teams.
"Not only will these games be a great showcase to our athletes, but it will help athletes of all levels and specifically high school soccer players to compare their abilities to the collegiate game," Dumbovic said in a press release.
Of course, there was the business of the two road games at Northwood on Friday and at Northern Michigan yesterday that the Cardinals needed to take care of first. They were two games that Dumbovic and the Cardinals were not going to take lightly.
The Cardinals did take care of business, as they raised their conference record to 4-0 by beating the Timberwolves and the Wildcats in two tough, close games. Overall, the Cardinals are 6-3-1, but their GLIAC start is the best in SVSU history.
Freshman Stephanie Roy single-handedly beat the Wildcats from Northern Michigan as she scored two goals, including the game winner, in double overtime to help the Cardinals prevail 2-1. Roy put in her team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the season on the afternoon and had her third game-winning goal of the season.
She started the scoring off with a goal at 23:38 of the first half off of a free kick to put the Cardinals up. The Wildcats' Brittney Buchanan tied the game with her fifth goal of the season at 58:01 of the second half to force the overtime period.
After one scoreless overtime, Roy finally put in the game winner at 105:40 off a rebound from fellow freshman Kimberly Oberski.
Junior Stacy LaLond came up big in net for the Cardinals, with eight saves.
The Cardinals prevailed 2-0 against Northwood behind strong play from Roy and junior Kelly Pruitt.
Pruitt started the scoring off with a goal at 46:57 of the second half off a pass from Oberski. Two minutes later, at 48:35, Roy capitalized on a Northwood penalty and converted the penalty shot for the 2-0 lead and victory.
Tempers flared all afternoon as the two teams fought through their rivalry. Northwood ended up with two yellow cards and a red card on the afternoon while the Cardinals remained clean.
The Cardinals' offense dominated the game and peppered the Northwood goalie with 17 shots, six on goal. LaLond only had to make one save in net to record the win.