GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The inaugural season of Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) play officially ended Wednesday (Oct. 31) at the hands of the No. 1-seed Davenport Panthers. The 2-1 final tally in the quarterfinal matchup between the top seed and No. 8 Mustangs ended with a furious rally.
The first half of Wednesday's WHAC playoff opener belonged to the home Panthers as the defense was put to the test early and often. Senior goalkeeper Deanna Lints (Hazel Park, Mich./Hazel Park) played a brilliant game in net for the Mustangs in her final collegiate outing. The senior turned away a total of eight Davenport shots (five in the first half).
Despite the strong effort, the top seeded Panthers found a way to go ahead 1-0 at the break.
In the second half, Davenport snuck another goal past Lints and the Mustang defense to go ahead, 2-0.
After the second goal, the Mustangs would turn up their attack and mount two shots on goal to challenge Davenport's strong backline and all-conference goalkeeper.
In the 65th minute, sophomore standout Cheyenne York (Taylor, Mich./Truman) was able to beat the Panthers' keeper and cut the No. 1 seed's lead in half, 2-1. The goal was only the fourth of the season given up Panthers' keeper against conference opponents.
Kamry Miller (New Boston, Mich./UM-Dearborn) would be credited with the other shot on goal for the Mustangs in the second half.
In the end, the York goal would be all the Mustangs could put up as two late attempts were unlucky for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs end the season at a 6-12-1 mark overall and finished the WHAC regular season with a record of 1-6-1. The team will look to build off Wednesday's strong performance as the focus turns to next year when the Mustangs return a strong core of talent.
Playing in their final games as a Mustang: senior defender Arielle Baraboll (Allen Park, Mich./Schoolcraft College), senior defender/midfielder Karlee Derrick (Garden City, Mich./Garden City), senior keeper Deanna Lints (Hazel Park, Mich./Hazel Park), and senior sweeper Jessica Niemi (Swartz Creek, Mich./Swartz Creek).
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