AU Women Win Key Game At Michigan Tech, 2-0

AU Women Win Key Game At Michigan Tech, 2-0


THE TURNING POINT: Sophomore forward Deijah Swihart scored her team-leading and career-high eighth goal of 2016 in the 25th minute on a pass from junior forward/midfielder Kelsey McKernan.

STAT OF THE DAY: Friday's victory was the Eagles' sixth shutout of the season – the program's highest total since 2013 (eight).

The Eagles were determined to not stay down for long.

On the heels of a 2-1, double-overtime home loss to Northwood on Sunday (Oct. 16), Ashland University's women's soccer team won a key 2-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road decision against Michigan Tech on Friday (Oct. 21) night.

Friday's game was dripping with implications, both in the conference and the NCAA Division II Midwest Region. Coming into the game, the Huskies were second in the league, with the Eagles right behind. In the first set of regional rankings, AU was No. 5 and Tech No. 6 – six teams will qualify for the NCAA postseason.

The win puts Ashland into the No. 2 spot in the GLIAC at 9-2-3 overall and 6-2-1 in the league, while Tech falls to 9-3-2, 5-2-2.

In the 24th minute, sophomore forward Deijah Swihart potted her eighth goal of the season – a total which not only leads the team, but establishes a new career high at Ashland.

The assist went to junior forward/midfielder Kelsey McKernan, giving her the team lead in that category with four.

Swihart iced the game in the 89th minute with her ninth goal of the season, unassisted.

Junior goalkeeper Courtney Barker earned her sixth shutout of the campaign by making six saves. That team total for shutouts is the highest for the program since 2013 (eight).

Ashland and Tech each took 11 shots, and both teams had two corner kicks.

UP NEXT: Ashland's next-to-last regular-season game of 2016, Sunday (Oct. 23) at 1 p.m. at Northern Michigan.