Late game heroics lift FSU to GLIAC semifinal

BIG RAPIDS — Freshman Casey Shauman’s unassisted goal with 12 seconds left in regulation lifted the Ferris State women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Findlay on Tuesday during the opening round of the GLIAC tournament.

The fifth-seeded Bulldogs fought back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to stun the fourth-seeded Oilers in the league tournament and advance to the semifinals, which are slated for Friday at a site to be determined.

Ferris State will now face rival and No. 1 seed Grand Valley State on Friday in the semifinal.

The Oilers took the initial lead on an own goal by the Bulldogs at 20:55 of the opening half and the score stood until the 63rd minute when Bulldog freshman Ashley Bradstreet was able to beat Findlay goalkeeper Samantha Trimboli for a goal.  The score at 63:58 was assisted by freshman Nichole Boehnke.

MOVING ON: Members of the FSU women’s soccer team pose for a photo after their win over Findlay in the closing seconds. (Courtesy photo)

The two teams batted with the score even for the next 26 minutes until the Bulldogs capitalized in the final minute of play.  Shauman scored an unassisted goal on a rebound shot at 89:48 to lift the Bulldogs to the victory.

“It was an ugly game due to the weather conditions and both teams battled to the end,” said FSU head coach Matt Kellogg.  “We were fortunate to take advantage of a good bounce of the ball at the end to pull out the win.”

The total shots between the two teams were even as both squads had nine total shots and four came on goal for each side.  Additionally, each team had three shots in the initial half and six in the second.

Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Haustein made three saves for FSU while playing all 90 minutes in earning the victory for the Bulldogs.  Trimboli had two saves for the Oilers in the setback.

With the win, the Bulldogs claimed their third consecutive victory and now own a 9-6-3 overall record this season.  Findlay dropped to 8-9-1 overall as the Bulldogs avenged an earlier 4-0 loss to the Oilers two weeks ago in Findlay.

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