UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The no. 22-ranked SVSU men's soccer team needed a victory in the regular season finale to clinch the outright GLIAC regular season championship on Friday (Oct. 28) against Northern Michigan. The Cardinals would come through with a solid performance once again, sealing the deal in front of their home crowd and winning the program's third league title with a 3-1 decision over the Wildcats.
Saginaw Valley would get the scoring rolling in the contest when Matt Wilson made good on a sliding shot in front of the goal off a nice pass from Andrew Dalou. Wilson's score made the count 1-0 at 25:35 into the match.
The Cardinals would tack-on another score inside of a minute left in the opening period, as Pablo Ortiz played a nice ball back to Troy Watson, who fired a long shot and tucked it in the top of the goal, pushing the home team's lead out to 2-0 heading into the halftime break.
Northern Michigan made good on a penalty kick after an SVSU player was called for a hand ball in the box, and that would cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 66:20 point.
The up-tempo match stayed there throughout but the Cardinals would notch another goal to make the count 3-1 at the 83:34 point when Azaad Liadi played a nice ball over the defender's head to find Dalou, who beat the Wildcat goalkeeper on the right side of the goal for the goal.
Inside the Boxscore
- The regular season championship is the third in program history, as the Cardinals previously claimed back-to-back titles in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
- The victory gives the squad a perfect 10-0 mark at home on Braddock Field. It's the first time the men haven't lost on their home turf in regular season play.
- SVSU's 12 league wins match the program record set last year for GLIAC victories.
- Wilson's goal keeps him leading the league with 13. He still leads with 11 assists and 37 points as well.
- Dalou, who posted both a goal and assist in the contest, now has six scores and five helpers for the 2016 campaign. He is second on the squad with 17 points.
- Watson now has three goals on the season to go along with his three assists.
- Liadi's assist marks his first career point for the Cardinals.
- Connor Keane made three saves, only allowing the penalty kick score in his 90:00 in net. He is now 14-3-1 on the season.
From Head Coach Andy Wagstaff & Senior Midfielder Troy Watson
The Cardinals secured the no. 1 seed in the 2016 GLIAC Tournament, which they will host at Braddock Field. The tournament kicks-off Friday (Nov. 4) with game times at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Stay tuned to www.svsucardinals.com and @SVSUAthletics on twitter for all updates.
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