The Ashland University women's soccer team is rolling into its final weekend of GLIAC play having won seven of its last eight games.
The Eagles (9-4-1, 6-1 GLIAC) will start a three-game homestand on Friday (Oct. 20) at 7 p.m. when they battle Saginaw Valley State before taking on Northwood on Sunday (Oct. 22) at noon.
Ashland, which was ranked fifth in the first release of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional rankings this week, is currently holding down the second spot in the GLIAC standings. The Eagles have already clinched a home GLIAC Tournament game, which will be played Oct. 31 at Ferguson Field.
The Cardinals (7-5-1, 3-3-1 GLIAC) come into the weekend having won their last two games by a combined score of 10-0 over Purdue Northwest and Northwood. Last season, the Eagles blanked the Cards, 1-0, at Ferguson Field on a goal by Kelsey McKernan.
Northwood (4-8-1, 2-4-1 GLIAC) is currently holding down the final spot in the GLIAC Tournament and is looking to solidify its bid this weekend. The Timberwolves have lost their last two games, including a 4-3 overtime loss to Davenport.
The Eagles are riding a three-game winning streak, getting a pair of road wins at the Upper Peninsula last week. AU defeated Michigan Tech by a 2-1 tally and toppled Northern Michigan, 4-1, behind a hat trick from reigning GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week Morgan Bittengle.
Bittengle is tied for second in the GLIAC in goals with 10 on the season and she now has 45 markers in her career – a figure that ranks seventh among all active Division II players. She has been in incredible form of late, having scored eight goals in just the last seven games. Bittengle also ranks third nationally with six game-winning goals on the year.
The Eagles are tied for third in the conference with 23 goals, seven of which have been assisted by McKernan, who ranks 11th in the country and tied for first in the GLIAC in assists.
The Eagles will know their GLIAC Tournament opponent and seed after this weekend's games. They will close the regular season on Friday, Oct. 27 with a nonconference game against Tiffin.