Lady Cards post 5-0 victory over Dragons

Claire Spleth picked-up her fourth victory of the season in the 5-0 win over Tiffin...
Claire Spleth picked-up her fourth victory of the season in the 5-0 win over Tiffin...

The Basics

Score: Saginaw Valley 5, Tiffin 0
Records: SVSU (4-0-0) | Tiffin (1-3-0)
Location: Braddock Field - University Center, Mich.

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The SVSU women's soccer team posted its fourth straight victory to open the 2016 season, defeating the Tiffin University Dragons by a count of 5-0 at home. The Cardinals notched three first half goals and added another pair in the second period to close-out for the non-conference victory.

Ashley Henderson (13') got the action going, scoring her first of two goals for the game after a nice feed from Shelby Watts to put SV up 1-0.

The second goal came at the 40' mark when Sakura Bals added a goal off an assist by Hannah Tarnaski, pushing the lead to 2-0.

Molly Vanderhoff (43') posted the third goal just a few minutes later, cutting through the defense to make the lead 3-0 to end the opening half of play.

Henderson (51') had her second goal early in the second half off a Svenja Luedtke feed and Kristin Syrowik (62') would finish the scoring with a goal after another Watts helper. That put the final score at 5-0. 

Inside the Boxscore

  • Henderson's two goals give her five on the season, already halfway to her total of 10 she had all of last season. She now has 34 for her career and is one off the all-time mark.
  • Watts notched her first two points of the season with her two assists.
  • Bals scored her first career goal in the victory.
  • Tarnaski's helper was her second assist of the season.
  • Syrowik's goal was her first of the season and fourth of her career.
  • Vanderhoff's goal was the second of her young career at SVSU as well.
  • Claire Spleth (4-0-0) got the victory between the posts for the Cardinals, working the opening 60:52 of the game. Paola De Lanuza saw her first collegiate action in relief, playing 29:08 in goal for SV.
  • The Cards held a 23-2 overall advantage in shots and put the pressure on the Dragon goalkeepers, with 15 of those shots on-goal.

From Head Coach Michael O'Neill

"I"m really proud of the girls today. We dominated the game right from the start and the three first half goals were well-deserved. We made sure we came out with the same intensity in the second half to finish the job. We now can focus on what will be a tough game on Sunday at Northwood"

Up Next...

Saginaw Valley will face the Timberwolves of Northwood on Sunday (Sep. 11) in a 1:00 p.m. contest. Northwood is 2-1 overall in 2016 and is coming off a narrow 4-3 loss at the hands of The University of Detroit-Mercy.  

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