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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Clinging to WHAC playoff life in the eighth spot, Marygrove women’s soccer made the trip to Grand Rapids Saturday (Oct. 18) to face the red-hot Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University. A late Cheyenne York (Taylor, Mich./Truman High School) strike nearly helped the Mustangs (2-12-1, 1-4-1 WHAC) escape Grand Rapids with a crucial point, but the Golden Eagles countered with an 83rd minute goal to top the Green & Gold by a 2-1 final score.
The host Golden Eagles raced out to an early lead behind a 13th minute goal from MyKayla Denison. The goal would come on one of the Golden Eagles seven first-half shots sent toward junior keeper Bianca Barron (West Jordan, Utah/Barton CC). Barron and the defense were tough the rest of the way, holding the Golden Eagles to the 13th minute goal to face a 1-0 deficit at the half.
In the second half, York made a great run toward net to beat the Golden Eagles keeper for a goal just inside the right corner. The strike by York â her seventh of the season and 23rd career goal â knotted the match up, 1-1, in the 74th minute. With a valuable point (from a tie) in sight, the Mustangs anchored down in an attempt to halt the potent Golden Eagle attack for the remainder of the game.
Nine minutes after York’s goal, the Golden Eagles’ Lexie Brisson-Fast spoiled the Mustangs comeback, heading in the game-winning tally off of a Denison pass into the box. The Mustangs battled, but could not send another shot toward net as the Golden Eagles squeaked out the narrow 2-1 conference victory after 90 minutes of play.
In all, Barron saved 10 shots to help keep the Mustangs in the tightly-contested conference game. York paced the Mustangs offensive attack, posting the team’s only shots (2) on the afternoon. Cornerstone countered with 16 shots overall and 12 on target to move to 9-2-2 on the season (4-2-0 WHAC).
In other conference news, Indiana Tech topped Lawrence Tech, 4-1, Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind. The win by Indiana Tech means the Mustangs remain in eighth place, one point ahead of Indiana Tech for the eighth and final WHAC playoff spot.
The Mustangs will return home for a showdown with NAIA No. 8 Northwestern Ohio Wednesday (Oct. 22). The game will be played at 3 p.m. to help accommodate the doubleheader with volleyball serving up action at 7 p.m. inside the NWAC. Both of Wednesday’s contests will feature live video and stats streams on marygrovemustangs.com/live.
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Category: Women's Soccer