COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican women's soccer team was defeated by Grand Valley State in the GLIAC tournament championship on Sunday afternoon by a final tally of 2-1.
The No. 23 Panthers (15-4-1, 10-1-1 GLIAC) came into the tournament as co-champions of the regular season, and had won their prior ten matches coming into Sunday. The Lakers (18-2-1, 10-1-1 GLIAC) have now won seven straight matches, with their lone conference loss coming against ODU in the regular season.
Freshman Ashley Blake (Hilliard, OH) scored the lone goal for the Panthers. Overall, ODU was outshot 12-7, while GVSU also held a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal.
The Panthers and Lakers traded possession for the first 30 minutes of the match before GVSU's Katie Bounds scored the first goal of the match. It did not take long for Bounds to find the back of the net again, as she scored a shot from 20 yards out at the 37:56 mark to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead.
ODU came out in the second half pressuring the GVSU goal more, as five of their seven shots came in the second session. At the 75:00 mark, Blake was able to dribble the ball down the left side before shooting from 25 yards out, beating the goalkeeper in the top right corner of the net.
After the goal, the Panthers seemed to build momentum as the fans cheered them on, but ODU was not able to find the equalizer as they fell 2-1.
The match became more physical as it neared conclusion with three yellow cards being handed out. ODU recorded 15 fouls and two yellow cards, while GVSU had eight fouls and one yellow card.
Blake scored her 10th goal of the season and scored three goals in the GLIAC tournament. Junior Lauren Pratt (West Chester, OH) led the Panthers with four shots. Sophomores Amanda Fodor (Hilliard, OH) and Kelly Johnson (Berea, OH), and Blake recorded the other three shots.
The three members of the GLIAC All-Tournament team for ODU includes Blake, Pratt, and sophomore Kethryn Mattingly (Beavercreek, OH).
The Panthers NCAA Midwest Regional fate will be determined at 7 p.m. on Monday evening. The link above will take spectators to the selection show.
Contact: Tyler Jester