Archive for October 2013
GVL Staff Writer
Streaks are conversation starters, while wins are the morals ascertained from meaningful chats. Streaks don’t last; wins do.
“As a team, we weren’t ever really worried about the streak and didn’t talk about it much,” GVSU senior goalkeeper Abbey Miller said. “We’re concerned about getting wins.”
It took 13 games and 88 shots, but Grand Valley State University (14-0-1, 11-0-0 GLIAC) finally allowed a goal in a match played Friday against Michigan Tech (10-4-1, 7-2-1 GLIAC) at Houghton, ending the Lakers sensationalized shutout streak. The goal by Michigan Tech’s Danna Kasom In the 55th minute also effectively concluded Miller’s scoreless streak at 1,228:08 minutes without yielding a goal.
Both streaks matched the second best marks in Division II history and the seventh longest across all divisions.
“We were disappointed with how the goal was scored, not that the goal was scored, and we came up this weekend to leave with two wins,” GVSU coach Dave Dilanni said. “If the scoreless streak happened to exist after that, then so be it.”
The Ashland University women’s soccer team won eight consecutive conference championships from 1997-2004, a streak that ended against GVSU in 2005. The Lakers have been the premier program in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference ever since and with a 2- 1 win against Michigan Tech, became the first GLIAC program in history to secure nine straight league titles.
“Winning the GLIAC title outright was very important to our team and to know heading into the weekend we had to defeat two very good teams for that to happen. Our girls were excited because they held their future in their hands,” Dilanni said.
“As with any success our program has had this year, it has become very clear to our team that our success is a byproduct of our ability to focus on and do well with the little things in preparation for games, and we need to continue to do that if we want to accomplish more goals as the season grows.”
With snow flurries falling, GVSU broke through the chill and notched two goals in the first 25 minutes of play against Michigan Tech.
Laker leading goal scorer junior forward Jenny Shaba connected on a assist from freshman midfielder Marti Corby in the third minute to open the scoring and then in minute 25, assisted freshman midfielder Charlie Socia for what would become the game’s winning goal.
Despite allowing a goal, GVSU out shot Michigan Tech 20-9. Jenna Phelps recorded 10 saves for the Huskies while Miller stopped four shots for the Lakers.
“We didn’t mention anything about the streak going into today’s match, but we didn’t play our best soccer Friday,” Corby said. “We wanted to go into today’s game with the mindset of getting back to our style of play and to continue to work on things we needed to work on.”
Sunday, GVSU defeated Northern Michigan (4-9-2, 4-4-2 GLIAC) 3-0, as the Lakers remain undefeated through 14 games. Just as they had against Michigan Tech, GVSU wasted little time getting the ball rolling on offense as three different Lakers scored in the first half.
Senior midfielder Shelby Humphries headed in the first goal of the afternoon in minute 16 on a cross from freshman forward Olivia Emery, putting GVSU in the lead to stay.
In minute 22, Socia set up Corby for a shot from the rim of the box, earning her first assist of the season and extending the Laker’s lead. Freshman forward Kendra Stauffer tallied goal No. 3 in minute 37; it was her ninth goal of the season.
After experiencing a goal against, Miller returned to her scoreless ways Sunday, defending all three of Northern Michigan’s on-target shot attempts and recording her ninth solo shutout in GVSU’s 14th team shutout of the 2013.
“This weekend, we learned that we can bounce back from adversity and that our team won’t turn on each other during those times,” Dilanni said. “In fact, we find strength during those moments.”
GVSU will travel to play Ferris State (8-6-1) Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. before hosting Lake Erie (4-10-1, 3-6-1GLIAC) Friday for what will the Lakers final game of the regular season.
“The season is coming to a crucial and exciting time. We’re going to start playing great competition from here on out and we’re looking to peak at the right moment,” senior defenseman and tri-captain Sam Decker said.
With a focus on continued growth as a team, GVSU sets eyes towards November in hopes of streaking towards the win that says the most: a national championship.
“Whether or not we’ve ready to make the jump into playoff soccer is a question that can’t be answered yet, in my opinion,” Dilanni said. “It’s a process. Everyday, we do something that surprises and excites me about the potential this team has and if you asked the players, they’d say they still have room to grow.”
“We want to keep this season going as long as possible, but first things first; Ferris State and Lake Erie. Have to walk before you run, day-to-day.”
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GVL Staff Writer
Some say it’s better to be lucky than good, although the Grand Valley State University soccer team hasn’t required much luck this season to be historically successful.
Host GVSU (12-0-1, 9-0-0 GLIAC) beat Tiffin University (3-9-1, 2-5-1 GLIAC) 13-0 on Sunday in match No. 13 of the season. The 13 goals scored by the Lakers set a school record and help to extend the nations second-longest shutout streak in Division II history to 13 games.
“I think being home for a lot of these games has really helped us out and our kids have enjoyed being back, but I think we’re excited to get back on the road, to be honest with you,” GVSU head coach Dave Dilanni said. “We have our big U.P. trip coming up with some really big games and it’s been nice to see our kids do well, not only as a team, but individually. We’re really coming along and playing well.”
Some might say that GVSU has found a lucky number in 13 or that the Lakers would be well served by celebrating victory tonight by tossing a pinch of salt over their shoulders, especially with Halloween just around the corner.
The Lakers, however, have found balance to be an apt substitute for superstition. Nine different Lakers scored a goal and none played more than 61 minutes.
“What’s unique about this team is our depth,” Dilanni said. “Week-to-week, our difference makers are always going to be different.”
Freshman forward Erika Bradfield placed a ball into the left corner of Tiffin’s crease off an assist from junior forward Jenny Shaba, who then assisted freshman forward Kendra Stauffer for goal No. 2 in the eight minute, to start the scoring for the Lakers.
Shaba then recorded two goals of her own in the minute 11 and minute 21, the second of which was assisted by a long pass from sophomore midfielder Katie Klunder.
Shaba was one of four Lakers with two goals and one of three Lakers with two assists Sunday and did her damage in 50 minutes of play. Shaba leads the Lakers on the season with 22 points.
“I think soccer’s a game of momentum and we’ve been riding that wave the last few games,” Shaba said. “We come out in the beginning of every game giving 100 percent, which helps things fall into place for us and give us momentum. Each game we play, things seem to fall into place quicker and quicker from the first whistle.”
In a 7-0 route against over the University of Findlay on Friday (6-6-2, 2-4-2), GVSU outshot their opponent 28-5 and only allowed one shot in the second half.
Findlay pressured GVSU’s heralded backline early, but they were quickly stifled. In minute 10, Stauffer broke the scoreless tie off an assist from Shaba, who then notched a goal of her own 25 seconds later.
“Today and Friday were both great examples of a team win,” Dilanni said. “We had a lot of people play, we had a lot of people play well and in a way, this weekend was a of a celebrations of firsts. We had a couple people get their first goal, we had defenders who were in the attack and we enjoyed ourselves today.”
Another first came Sunday when senior goalkeeper Abbey Miller set a GVSU record with 1,173.57 consecutive minutes played without surrendering a goal. It’s the third longest streak in Division II history.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Miller said. “It’s awesome to see the team improve every week in practice and it’s even better when all of the hard work results in rewards like this.”
With a game scheduled against Michigan Tech University (9-3-1, 6-1-1 GLIAC), who shared the GLIAC title with GVSU last fall, Friday at 7 p.m. and another match set for Sunday with Northern Michigan University (4-8-1, 4-3-1) at 1 p.m., the Lakers will look to continue to make their own luck and pursuit history on the pitch with four games remaining in the regular season.
“This weekend’s success was all a byproduct of how we train, but ultimately, we’re only as good as the last time we’ve stepped on the field,” Dilanni said. “This won’t matter when we’re practicing on Tuesday and if we decide we don’t want to train hard or learn and continue to get better, it won’t matter going forward, either. There’s a big difference between scoring these goals now and scoring against good teams in crucial moments and there’s always room to grow.”
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GVL Staff Writer
After a 6-0 victory against GLIAC rival Ferris State University (6-5, 4-3 GLIAC), the Grand Valley State University soccer team had successfully traversed the two-third mark of the 2013 regular season undefeated, unfazed, a (nearly) perfect 10-0-1.
The Lakers have not allowed a single goal, and their streak of 11 consecutive shut-outs is a new program record. GVSU has outscored opponents 36-0, and 14 different players have contributed a goal. The Lakers have bested all opponents this season: home and away, ranked and unranked, in conference and out, rain and shine. They’ve gutted out 1-0 decisions and coasted to 8-0 leads.
The Lakers possess a near ideal mix of youth and experience gelled expertly together by seasoned hands of veteran coaches like strands of hair aligned neatly in David Beckham’s pompadour, and they pass the eye test on the pitch in the same fashion that they grade out on stat sheets—with flying colors.
If GVSU’s athletic program had a proverbial fridge, the Laker soccer midterm report would be proudly displayed. Alas, midterm reports—as many college students have learned the hard way—are fleeting shimmers and far from final.
“We haven’t arrived,” GVSU coach Dave Dilanni said. “We haven’t accomplished anything. We’ve won no championships yet.”
Eleven games into the 2013 campaign with six regular season games left to play, here’s how the Lakers measure up.
The Laker defense is spearheaded by seniors Kayla Kimble and Taylor Callen, a unit that has been the focal point of the 2013 squad.
“Our backline is very experienced, and we’re riding a high right now, but we also have to remember that we are going to get scored on at some point—that might happen,” Callen said. “It’ll be how we react to that, if and when it does.”
Seniors Sam Decker and Tayler Ward, juniors Alyssa Wesley and Juane Odendaal, sophomore Katy Woolley and freshman Gabbie Guibord have also played extensively along a backline that has allowed only 63 shots on the season.
“Obviously, the grade (for our defense) would be excellent,” Dilanni said. “We haven’t given up a goal, the leadership’s been good, we’re very deep back there, and competitive—everyone wants to play, and we’ve been able to rotate players to keep our girls fresh. In the past, we’ve played four girls all year, and we’re playing six or seven in the back right now with six center midfielders. The midfield defending has been very good, as well, and our kids know it’s not just the backs—it’s the midfielders and forwards, too.”
Of those 63 shots, only 27 have trickled through to goal. Senior goalkeeper Abbey Miller has 26 saves. Redshirt freshman backup Holly Ellerbroek has the other.
“I think the goalkeepers, not only Abbey Miller, but Holly Ellerbroek and Andrea Strauss have done a fantastic job,” Dilanni said. “Particularly in training where we’re trying to replicate game situations for our girls as much as possible, their play has been essential to achieving our results.”
Through the first six games of the season, the Lakers scored eight goals. Through the last five, the Lakers have scored 28.
“Obviously we’ve been able to get some more goals in the last few games, and I think a lot of that is that a lot of different people are scoring,” senior midfielder Autumn Jacobs said. “We don’t have just one or two people getting all of our goals, we’re more dynamic than that, and I think it’s harder for other teams to know how to defend us when we have so many players who can get involved in the attack.”
Senior forward Jenny Shaba and freshman forward Kendra Stauffer are tied for the GVSU scoring lead with five goals apiece, freshman forward Michelle Foote leads the Lakers with five assists, and with 12, 14 and 11 points respectively, they’re the three leading point earners for the team. Although, it’s the entire offensive unit that has progressed with the season, as eight Lakers have scored at least three goals and seven Lakers have threaded at least two assists.
“I think offensively we’re still a product that needs improvement,” Dilanni said. “Some of that’s consistency based on tactical awareness and finishing, but we are very happy about the work rate. We are very athletic. I think the seven or eight of them that are competing with each other for playing time are making each other better and I think that’s been a big key.
“We spent a whole month on attacking and really neglected defending. We’re happy with where we’re at right now, but the games are going to get tighter as they get more meaningful—I don’t think we’re going to see those six, seven goals anymore—and that’s why we’re going to have to be a little more clinical when the opportunities arise.”
In Dilanni’s 11 years as head coach at GVSU, this 2013 squad might be the deepest he’s fielded. Frequently playing 20 or more girls in a single game, there is no shortage of options to choose from, and Dilanni doesn’t plan on exhausting any of them.
“I think our bench is getting as many goals and points as our starters are and in fewer minutes,” Dilanni said. “That says a little about what the starters are doing, tiring out opponents, but it also says a lot about our bench and how focused they are and knowing their role coming off the bench and wanting to perform that role. We’ve said this as a team, but we’re going to be as good as our bench will go. That really is something that most teams don’t have and we’ve put a lot of importance into it.”
With so much going right, it’s easy to forget what it feels like when things go wrong. Cautious against complacency, the GVSU coaching staff is well aware of the perils associated with being a No. 1 team.
“One thing we’ve always said is that we want our training sessions to be game-like in terms of intensity, sharpness, focus and speed,” Dilanni said. “This year is no different. I think part of that is competition for playing time, part of that is the talent level that we’re fielding, and part of that is maintaining the accountability for one another. I think our kids have done a fantastic job of that, and although we’re only three quarters of the way through the year, our team chemistry is very high as a byproduct.”
GVSU will host Findlay (6-4-2, 2-2-2 GLIAC) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Tiffin (3-7-1, 2-5-1 GLIAC) Sunday at 1 p.m. As they’ve been in most matches this season, the Lakers will be favored in both contests. Don’t expect that to impede their process to continually improve.
“Perfection is a pursuit,” Dilanni said. “I think the more we can create adversity for one another so we can prepare for it in the future, the farther along we’ll be.”
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GVL Staff Writer
A single standard soccer game takes a little more than 90 minutes to complete. That’s 5,400 seconds. And during an 11-year tenure, Grand Valley State University women’s soccer coach Dave Dilanni hasn’t wasted one.
In February 2003, Dilanni was hired as Laker coach and has since guided GVSU to eight straight GLIAC titles, 10 consecutive NCAA Division II tournament berths, six final four appearances, runner-up finishes and a pair of national championships.
“We kind of started our own little arms race, if you will, where we’re (GVSU) the leaders out front and it’s tough to stay there,” said GVSU associate athletic director Keri Becker. “It’s one thing to claw and grind and get yourself to the top, but to stay there, I think you have to reinvent yourself to create situations that continue to separate you from the rest of the pack.”
Dilanni has coached All-Americans, both athletic and academic, record breakers and undefeated teams. His squads have outscored opponents an astronomical 812-107, have posted 163 shutouts—an average of 15 per season—and have continually evolved year-by-year under Dilanni’s tutelage.
What makes GVSU’s program truly special, though, cannot be quantified by numbers alone.
“What makes this program—what might be a little different from other programs—is that Dave always pushes the idea that this team is a family,” senior tri-captain Sam Decker said. “We’re not just teammates, we’re not just there for each other for two hours during practice. We love one another, we play for one another and (that) makes us successful together.”
Handed a seeding, four-year old program in need of an identity, Dilanni provided one. And like blades of grass carefully manicured across GVSU’s now storied home field, Dilanni grew season after winning season into a dynasty.
“I think everybody has aspirations and goals that they have in mind for their job, their career and the people that they’re involved with and work with, but a lot of it had to do with the support Grand Valley gave us,” Dilanni said. “Early on, we weren’t fully funded, but now we are. Our facilities have made huge strides, our school has grown both academically and cosmetically, and I think there are a lot of things that helped accelerate those goals—to win championships, to be successful in the classroom, on the field and as a person.”
On Sept. 20 in a 2-0 victory against Ashland, Dilanni collected his 200th victory to go with a win percentage (.887) that is the highest among all active Division II coaches and third across all divisions. The second passed with little ado. “I had an idea we might be somewhere close (to 200 wins) just from the last couple of years, but at the time, I had no idea until a parent said something to me the weekend after,” Dilanni said.“To me, it’s an example of the message that is sent out and relayed to our kids and the commitment level not only of our current, but former players and staff have put into our program striving for our goals. It’s really less about me as it is a message that there’s been a great deal of consistency all the way across the board to create those wins.”
Grass doesn’t grow overnight. It takes energy and commitment to keep it green. And time. Yet to reflect upon Dilanni’s numerous accomplishments, crowned by a 205-18-8 record as GVSU coach that screams ‘consistent excellence,’ it’s fair to fair to wonder if Dilanni has perhaps discovered some sort of elusive formula for a perennial power miracle grow.
“The goals stem from day-to-day,” Decker said. “The goals stack up, but Dave is very much focused on this practice, the day ahead of us, the first game this week and then we can start focusing on the second game. We’re very disciplined to think about things we can do right now to help us in the near future. No second wasted.”
Yet with (seemingly) little left that hasn’t already been accomplished, there’s no rush. Like Forrest Gump mowing Alabama’s practice field as a hobbyist, for Dilanni, the practice itself takes precedence; the art of growing the grass, of growing a soccer team, prioritized over any accolade that might be reamed from the process.
“For me, it’s about the process,” Dilanni said. “The day-to-day experience with the student-athletes, getting to know them outside of soccer, working on them having the understanding that they need to be competitive, both on the field and off the field, having that interaction, keeping expectations high and doing things right. The end results are the championships and the wins, but for me, and I think our kids will tell you, that I’ll coach them the same whether we’re winning a game or losing, whether it’s a tight game or a blowout, whether it’s a practice or a game.”
Time has been good to Dilanni, but it isn’t up yet. For him and the undefeated, unrelenting and un-scored-uponGVSU soccer program (8-01), win 200 is merely that—a win.
For Dilanni and GVSU soccer, it’s always a good time, a good day, a good second, to grow.
“We want to improve everyday, to stay hungry and competitive to lear,” he said. “If we can do that and continue to get better as a team, I think we’ll be there, where we need to be, in the end. We just have to stay focused on the everyday.”
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Soccer returns home; nets 15 goals in two games
GVL Staff Writer
The Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team returned home on Friday having scored 13 goals in seven matches this season. In two games against GLIAC opponents over the weekend, GVSU scored 15 times.
“I think we were able to score as much as we did as a team because that’s what we’ve been striving for
in practice, knowing that we’re so young and still trying to connect with each other offensively,” said
senior midfielder Shelby Humphries. “We wanted to put on a good show for our home crowd.”
GVSU (8-0-1, 6-0 GLIAC) opened against Malone (3-4-1, 1-3 GLIAC) at home on Friday night and
routed the Pioneers 8-0, scoring six goals in the second half.
The Lakers scored more than two goals for only the second time this season.
“You don’t shoot, you don’t score,” said head coach Dave Dilanni. “We’re really deep, we have a lot of
options and it’s making everyone play better, longer.”
Freshman midfielder Marti Corby, who fired 18 shots over the weekend and leads the Lakers with 47
on the season, notched goal No. 1 in the ninth minute off an assist from junior forward Jenny Shaba.
The goal was Corby’s first as a Laker.
“Finishing,” she said. “It’s been one of our main goals in practice and I guess it just clicked this
weekend. My mentality is to take opportunities when they’re presented…I was feeling it. We were
On Sunday, the Lakers came prepared with plenty of offense for a rainy day of action in Allendale. The
opponent was Walsh (3-6-1, 0-5) and the match was a near carbon copy of the route stormed against
Malone on Friday.
“Both games were similar in the fact that our girls did a nice job of making some adjustments at
halftime,” Dilanni said. “It just seems like one (goal) is turning into five really quickly.”
Through a torrential downpour, the Laker side was held to a single score in the first half, a goal by
Humphries in minute 31.
The GVSU offense opened with the clouds, however, and safely navigated both inclement conditions
and Walsh defenders to reign over and rain upon their opponent with 46 shots and seven goals, six of
which once again came in the second half.
In minute 64, Humphries beat her defender in the box and netted a ball in the upper 90 of the crease
for her second goal of the game. Freshman defender Clare Carlson then scored goal No. 3 in minute
70 and just 20 seconds later, Humphries completed her hat trick, the first hat trick recorded by a
Laker since Kayla Addison scored three goals in a 5-0 win over Michigan Tech in October of 2010.
“I was able to score as much as I did because of my teammates,” Humphries said. “They really set me
up well to score, and coming off the bench and a cortisone shot earlier in the week, it was just
exciting to be out there and play and pickup that first goal in my career here (at GVSU).”
Freshman forward Emily Bush scored her first collegiate goal in minute 79, then assisted on Emery’s
goal in minute 83 that gave the Lakers a 6-0 lead. Shaba added the final goal of the contest less than
30 seconds later, giving her a goal in five of GVSU’s last six matches.
Overshadowed for the only the third time this season, the Laker defense was once again stout, holding
Malone to two shots and Walsh to three shots while preserving a nine-game shutout streak to begin
the 2013 campaign.
GVSU will return to action on Wednesday when it travels to take on the University of Indianapolis at
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GVSU soccer still fitting together an offense
Grand Valley State University soccer (6-0-1) started from scratch offensively this season and has found constructing a new frontline akin to sitting down with a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle; a
methodical, trial-and-error, sometimes hair-pulling process that mandates patience if the final
picture is to be realized.
More crucial than patience or vision or hair, however, is having all of the right pieces.
“We have a lot of pieces, a lot of forwards and so we all just switch in and out,” freshman forward
Kendra Stauffer said. “We have seven up there, so we just all try to beat each other out at practice.
Every week, the lineup changes.”
Through seven games, GVSU has netted 13 goals on 10 assists and 132 shots, nine of which, as well
as 6 assists and 76 shots, have been contributed by four players: juniors Jenny Shaba and Charlie
Socia and freshmen Marti Corby and Stauffer.
All of the best plans have an element of spontaneity—so do the best offenses. Enter Stauffer.
One of the youngest and shortest girls on the Laker roster, Stauffer leads GVSU in points (10) and
assists (4) and is tied for the lead in goals (3), despite only taking 11 shots. The piece that nearly
wasn’t, Stauffer was the last recruit inked in a recruiting class that has already made its presence
known and has provided an unanticipated offensive boost.
“Kenny’s deceptively fast. Everyone looks at her —she’s 5 feet 5 inches, slight, unassuming, but she’s
very quick,” head coach David Dilanni said. “She’s that way with and without the ball, and that’s what
makes her special. She’s probably one of the smarter soccer players we have in terms of
understanding the game, seeing other girls’ runs, and she’s very good with distribution; when the ball
finds her feet, she rarely turns it over.”
Quantity is also requisite to any successful offense, and fellow incomer to the team Corby, one of the
tallest student-athletes on the Laker roster at 5 feet 8 inches, leads the Lakers with 29 shots.
“Marti rarely hits a bad shot,” Dilanni said. “She can strike a ball with power, pace and distance and
has been very close to her first goal, whether it’s been a big save, a crossbar, a post, just being wide. I
think there are times where maybe Marti should pass the ball versus shooting the ball, and part of that
might be frustration in trying to get that first goal, but I’m not going to tell her not to shoot and
neither will her teammates. They know what happens when she hits the ball on frame with pace.”
Equally requisite is quality, and midfielder Socia, a converted high school forward, is GVSU’s most
efficient scorer with three goals on seven shots (.429).
“I try to bring the offensive rush,” Socia said. “I really like to get in the box, bring pressure and find
It’s a style that’s ruthlessly effective, but a game with plenty of potential for growth.
“Charlie is a very workman-like, industrial, blue-collar player,” Dilanni said. “She was a very good
forward before we had her and moved her back to mid and is very good in the box. When she actually
shoots, most of the time she scores. We’ve been on Charlie for a couple years now that she needs
more shots. She needs to find a way to create her own opportunities and when she has those
opportunities, she can’t pass them up.”
Shaba, who leads the Lakers with three game-winning goals and is second on the team with 28 shots,
“Jenny’s the elder spokesman of our team as a junior who I think is still trying to fight to get
consistent play, but she’s been doing what she needed to do,” Dilanni said. “She’s leading from the
forefront, being active and the last three or four games, got on the end of some goals where if she
doesn’t score, we don’t win those games. Even though she’s second on the team in shot attempts,
she’s another one that probably doesn’t shoot enough.”
An unfinished project, the edges of the puzzle began to take shape Sunday in a five-goal outburst
against GLIAC foe Northwood University. With freshman forwards Michelle Foote and Erika Bradfield
beginning to contribute and more dynamic play stemming from the forwards and midfielders, the
offense is starting to come together for the defensively-orientated Lakers.
The final picture remains to be seen.
“We had 20 shots on Friday, 25 on Sunday, and I think honestly, it’s not enough shots right now with
this group,” Dilanni said. “In the same token, I think we’re farther along than I thought we’d be, not
because of the five goals against Northwood, but because of our willingness to improve. This group’s
very coachable, and their learning curve is very high, and I think you’re going to see us turn in some
higher numbers as the season progresses.”
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GVL Staff Writer
Lakers keep shutout streak alive against SVSU, Northwood
In soccer, the team with the most goals at the end of the game wins. Period. It doesn’t matter if the
point spread is 15 or one.
“We haven’t let in a goal this season and that’s becoming a big thing for us,”senior defender Sam
Decker said. “We want to keep that shutout streak alive, and there’s no letting up, regardless of the
The No. 1 Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team (6-0-1) allowed only nine shots over the
weekend; five in a 1-0 victory over Saginaw Valley State University (3-4-1) Friday and four in a 5-0
victory over Northwood University (3-2-1) Sunday.
The Laker backline has imposed its will; senior keeper Abbey Miller, who has rarely been tested, has
made 19 saves on 19 shots aimed in her direction this season and with seven consecutive shutouts
tallied to start the year, a streak that surpasses the six consecutive shutout start notched by the 2006
squad. The 2013 Lakers haven’t needed to pad the lead to win.
GVSU has out-shot opponents 102-52 this season, and yet up until Sunday, the Lakers had only
netted eight goals on the season.
“We have been creating the chances to score five, six goals in a game, but we just haven’t capitalized,”
GVSU coach Dave Dilanni said. “We don’t put much stock in terms of the numbers, but we do talk
about the efficiency of putting our chances away. We’ve been a little up and down in that regard the
last couple of weeks, but if our girls decide to put the same amount of effort and focus into the game
as we saw today, we have the depth and talent to be pretty exciting to watch.”
The Lakers took 45 shots over the weekend—the most they’ve taken in a two game stretch all season
—but the 5-0 dismantling of Northwood was the first time GVSU has netted more than two goals in a
game this year.
“We’ve been very vocal about our frustration level on not capitalizing on some of the chances we have
been able to create throughout the beginning part of the year, but as the year has gone on, we’ve
opened up and finally got some luck to finish against Northwood,” Dilanni said.
GVSU opened the weekend at SVSU, where the game’s lone goal was contributed by junior forward
Jenny Shaba off an assist from freshman forward Kendra Stauffer in the 47th minute. It was Shaba’s
third consecutive match with a game-winning goal.
“Jenny’s come through for us in really fine fashion the last three or four games,” Dilanni said. “She’s
the upperclassman of the forwards, even though she’s only a junior, and she needs to lead the charge
a little bit in terms of consistency and performance. She did that for three games for us.”
Freshman midfielder Marti Corby and senior midfielder Autumn Jacobs both also put shots on net in
the contest, but the GVSU scoring levies remained dammed. Sunday at Northwood, the floodgates
were kicked open by a five-goal, 36-minute Laker offensive flurry.
The game, for all intensive purposes, was over at half.
“We were on today and it just felt like our shots were falling in the right direction,” Decker said. “We
were capitalizing on shots we haven’t all season and it was fun for us. One thing I really appreciate
about coach Dilanni is that he never takes things lightly. We’re up 4-0 at half, but he doesn’t let up or
approach mistakes any differently than he would have if it were 0-0.”
In the 10th minute, junior midfielder Charlie Socia broke through, finishing a deftly delivered 50-yard
pass from Sophomore Katy Woolley.
“Charlie was making a run in behind the line, Woolley put a really great diagonal ball in and Charlie
just hit the ball right in the air and caught the keeper off her line,” Shaba said. “It was one of the
prettiest goals of the season so far.”
In the 24th minute, redshirt freshman forward Olivia Emery chipped in goal No. 2. Less than a minute
later, Stauffer scored goal No. 3, officially giving GVSU its highest scoring output of the season and
putting the lead in a vice grip.
In the 41st minute, Stauffer fired into the lower 90 of the Northwood crease, recording her second
goal of the game and third of the season. Freshman forward Michelle Foote was credited for the assist.
In the 46th minute, freshman forward Erika Bradfield concluded the scoring with a goal courtesy of an
assist from Stauffer, who now has four helpers on the year. For the next 44 minutes, the Lakers
“Kendra (Stauffer) has been our most consistent forward so far this year, but you always want to be
careful with the expectations you put on freshmen,” Dilanni said. “They are still freshmen, but Kenny
is a very smart, very technical soccer player and has done a great job of creating opportunities this
season. Good things just happen when the ball finds her foot.”
GVSU (4-0-0 in the GLIAC) will finally return home for the first time since Sep. 15 on Friday (Oct. 4) at
7 p.m. to take on Malone (3-3-1).
“It’s always better to sleep in your own bed,” Dilanni said. “We’ve been on the road an awful lot, but I
have been really impressed in our young team, our developing leadership and the direction they’re
taking us. We’ve earned the right to have a couple weekends at home and we’re excited to be back.”
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