DETROIT, Mich. -- The women's soccer team upset Ursuline College (Ohio), 2-1, to bring their record even at 4-4 with one match remaining before WHAC play begins.
The 2-1 decision over Ursuline (4-2) marked the first win over a NCAA Division II opponent in Marygrove history. The accomplishment is the latest in what has become a great four-year story since women's soccer arrived on-campus in 2009.
Stanza No. 1 started off with the visiting Arrows getting a couple early looks on net. In the 20th minute, the Arrows were able to find the back of the net on a header sent in from a nifty cross.
The Mustangs never let the early goal get to them as the team continued to go toe-to-toe with Arrows in the physical battle.
In the 37th minute, sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Vigna (China Twp., Mich./Marine City) slammed a ball past the Arrows' keeper to even the game up, 1-1. Vigna was unable to celebrate the goal with her teammates as she was take down by the keeper shortly after notching the game-tying goal. Sophomore forward Cheyenne York (Taylor, Mich./Truman) crossed a great ball and recorded the assist off the Vigna goal.
The score would remain tied, 1-1, at the half.
The Mustangs opened up the second half of play proving they would not back down from the physical brand of soccer Ursuline presented. Both teams battled even once again as nearly every statistical category remained even past the half.
In the 58th minute, sophomore forward Jessica McClendon (Canton, Mich./Madonna University) took a through ball from Vigna to net as she eventually walked past the keeper to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead. McClendon's tally would prove to be the game-winning goal as the team kept the Arrows at bay for the remainder of the contest to bring the game to a 2-1 final.
Senior keeper Deanna Lints (Hazel Park, Mich./Hazel Park) faced two shots and turned away one to nab the victory in net.
"The girls played extremely well today. I am proud of the effort we displayed today going up against a tough NCAA D2 program," said head coach Tony Williams. "It was a great team effort and the girls deserve plenty of credit for battling 90 minutes with a tough team."
The Mustangs have one final non-conference contest remaining before WHAC play begins Saturday (09/29) at Concordia-Ann Arbor, 12:30pm. On Thursday (09/27), the Mustangs will travel to Purdue University-Calumet for an 8:00pm kickoff.