Eagle Women Handed First Loss At No. 1 GVSU

Eagle Women Handed First Loss At No. 1 GVSU


THE TURNING POINT: Ashland went into the half down 2-0, but allowed a third goal during the 50th minute and two more during the 65th and 70th minutes. 

STAT OF THE GAME: Grand Valley has won 20 straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games. Its last GLIAC loss was Oct. 17, 2014 against Ohio Dominican.

The Ashland University women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, 5-0, on the road against No. 1-ranked Grand Valley State (9-0-1 overall, 4-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) on Sunday (Oct. 2) afternoon.

The Eagles (5-1-3 overall, 2-1-1 GLIAC) were outshot 30-4 in the match.

AU junior goalkeeper Courtney Barker had six saves in the first half, but allowed two goals during the 26th and 44th minutes to send the Eagles into the half down 2-0.

Eagle junior Maddie Diestel took over at goalie in the second half, playing in her third game this season. She recorded a season-high four saves, but allowed three goals during the 50th, 65th and 70th minutes. She hadn't allowed a goal during her first 61:40 minutes of playing time this season.

Lakers junior forward Gabriella Mencotti scored two goals in the match, stretching her GLIAC-leading goal total to 12 on the season.

UP NEXT: Ashland will travel to Findlay, Ohio, on Friday (Oct. 7) to take on the Oilers (3-6 overall, 1-2 GLIAC).