The Adrian College women's soccer team kicked off the season on Friday in sweltering heat at Illinois Wesleyan and applied a little heat to a talented opponent before falling 3-2. The Titans and Bulldogs traded goals in a back-and-forth battle before the Titans scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute.
Reigning MIAA Player of the Year Erin Weide wasted very little time putting the ball in the back of the net, scoring 53 seconds into the match unassisted. Weide carried the ball from midfield and showed her excellent ball-handling skills. Amanda Kaiser tied the match, 1-1, in the 21st minute with an assist from Skyler Tomko.
Sam Barker scored in the 59th minute unassisted on a free kick guiding the ball into the left side of the net. It took just 41 seconds to tie it again for the Titans as Kaiser scored again, this time unassisted. Jenna Baker notched the game-winner at 76:38 from Chrissy Coderre to the left side of net.
Taylor Royce played the first half in net and made three saves. Lexi Lewandowski played the second half in net and made seven saves. Illinois Wesleyan outshot the Bulldogs, 21-8, including 14-4 in the second half.
"Our goal throughout our non-conference schedule is to play the absolute best competition that we can in order to test the new players stepping into the mix after graduating seven starters from last season," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "While we're never satisfied with a loss, there were certainly some positives to take from a tight match decided in the last few minutes on the road against a strong side like Illinois Wesleyan. Most of all, it was a great opportunity for our younger players to earn experience, and several performances showed that we're on the right track. Christine Crowell played a great left back in her first varsity start and Carlin O'Malley stood out in her first college appearance".
The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday as they travel to DePauw University.