No. 4 GVSU blasts Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan

No. 4 GVSU blasts Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan

Mason Tronsor

The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team has not lost a GLIAC match in an entire calendar year.

GVSU continued its GLIAC win streak this past weekend, as it obliterated two in-state conference foes. The Lakers defeated the Michigan Tech Huskies 7-0 on Friday evening, before besting the Northern Michigan Wildcats (5-8, 5-4 GLIAC) by the same score Sunday afternoon.

Once again, the Lakers (14-1, 10-0 GLIAC) used early offensive firepower to fly past their opponents. Six different players scored over the weekend for GVSU, but Kendra Stauffer stood out from the pack.

The junior had a career weekend as she recorded five goals and three assists. Four of Stauffer’s five goals came in the second half against the Wildcats.

“All week we knew this weekend was going to be huge for our team,” Stauffer said. “Coach talked about urgency and we wanted to score early.”

The No. 4 Lakers remain undefeated in conference play and have won 14 straight games since their season-opening loss to Quincy. GVSU is 7-0 at home and has recorded four consecutive shutouts.

“We are using this weekend as another building block on our foundation and move forward from here,” said senior forward Katie Bounds. “Just try to win the next game and the next game until we get to Pensacola (for the national championship) and win that one.”

The Lakers outshot their opponents 49-12 and recorded two shutouts thanks to solid play in net by freshman goaltender Emily Maresh. GVSU also forced both opponents to swap goalkeepers midway through the matches.

Friday night’s match pitted the Lakers against MTU, which mustered a tie against GVSU last season in Houghton, Michigan.

The 2015 match was an entirely different story.

Early offense in the first period from a barrage of different Lakers set the tone. Senior Katie Klunder scored her sixth goal of the season to open the floodgates just five minutes into the match. GVSU led 4-0 at the half, outshooting the Huskies 11-3.

“We talk a lot about quick starts,” said GVSU head coach Jeff Hosler. “Soccer is played with first goal wins 70 percent of the time.”

The second half was similar to the first. The Lakers kept their foot on the gas and continued to find the back of the net. The highlight came late in the half from sophomore defender Tracey McCoy, who scored her first goal of the season with a 30-yard blast. Sophomore Gabriella Mencotti added two goals for the Lakers.

It was much of the same against NMU for GVSU’s Senior Day. The Lakers again controlled the game early, as junior midfielder Marti Corby opened up the scoring five minutes into the game with her conference-leading 18th goal of the season.

The Lakers held a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half after Klunder drove home her second goal of the weekend.

Then, Stauffer took over.

The junior forward exploded for a career-high four goals in the second half, breaking the game open for GVSU. Bounds added a late tally to seal the deal at 7-0.

“Kenny was special today,” Hosler said. “The different number of ways she does it shows how dangerous of a player she is.”

On Oct. 23, GVSU will travel to North Canton, Ohio to take on Walsh (5-6-3, 3-5-1 GLIAC). The Lakers will look to avoid a trap game against one of the GLIAC’s weaker teams before a crucial matchup against Ferris State (12-3-1, 8-1-1 GLIAC) on Oct. 30. With some luck and a win over GVSU, the Bulldogs could theoretically win the GLIAC. If the Lakers take care of Walsh, however, the conference clash shouldn’t matter but for pride and confidence.