Still Streaking

GVL / Robert Mathews
Senior Tayler Ward

GVL / Robert Mathews Senior Tayler Ward

Tate Baker

Coming into Saturday night’s game with GLIAC rival Ferris State University, the Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team had yet to give up a goal, blanking every team they faced to start the season 9-0-1.

“The streak isn’t something we really talk about,” head coach Dave Dilanni said. “We go into every game with the same mindset, and our girls have been able to get the job done so far.”

The Lakers controlled every aspect of the Ferris State game in the first half as they fired off 21 shots to go along with five goals in the opening 45 minutes.

Senior midfielder Shelby Humphries led the Laker attack with two assists in the first half, while freshman Kendra Stauffer found the back of the net twice, which ultimately pushed the Lakers out to a 5-0 halftime lead.

“We definitely wanted to put the score on the board and keep pushing right from the start,” Humphries said. “We’ve really focused on our attack in practice and it paid off today.”

Goalkeeper Abbey Miller’s workload stayed light as the Laker defense only gave up three shots on the night. The shutout win extends the scoreless streak now to 11 games, as Miller has yet to surrender a goal this season.

“It’s an awesome feeling to still have the streak going,” Miller said. “We don’t really feel any added pressure as the streak continues either.”

The second half provided little change as the Lakers continued its dominance over the Bulldogs in the final 45 minutes of play. GVSU’s offense seemed relentless as it would dominate Ferris State’s opposing threat, putting up 38 shots compared to only three shots for the Bulldogs.

“Our offense really did a great job of creating opportunities,” Miller said. “It was great to see so many different girls on our team score. I think that really shows how deep we are as a team.”

Freshman Kendra Stauffer stayed active on the offensive side of the ball throughout the game, as she scored two goals on the night: her first coming in the 36th minute of the game and then quickly followed by her second in the 37th minute.

“It was one of the best first half’s we have had all year,” Dilanni said. “This is the deepest team we have had. If we are committed as a group to do our job when it’s our time to go onto the field, we have the chance to be great.”

Now 10-0-1 on the season, the Lakers will look to navigate through the rest of its GLIAC schedule. Keeping the intensity throughout each game is something that the coaching staff and the rest of the team will be focusing in on as they move forward with the season.

“We need to be a tough team in other aspects of the game as well,” Dilanni said. “The more consistent we can be as a team, the better our chances the rest of the season.”

The Lakers will have a week of rest before they take on the University of Findlay on Friday.