In a tense matchup on Saturday, the women's soccer team faced Alma College and defeated the Scots, 1-0, handing them their first conference loss. The Bulldogs entered third in the league and earned a huge win in a match that was two completely different halves.
Adrian was the aggressor in the first half and got on the board at the 23:17 mark. Junior Ellery Karsten took a back pass from fellow junior Erin Weide on the left wing and launched a 28-yard shot over the head of Alma keeper Marissa Platz for her fourth goal of the season.
In the second half, Alma came out aggressively and missed the mark with several shots. Alma outshot Adrian, 16-5, in the final 45 minutes but sophomore keeper Lexi Lewandowski was up to the task making a career-high 13 saves including 11 in the second half.
"That first half was definitely the best 45 minutes of soccer that we've put together this season," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "The girls understood and executed the game plan and we felt that we deserved to go into halftime with a lead. There wasn't a single performance that we could single out as being subpar, everyone did a great job with their individual assignments today. We knew Alma would come out firing in the second half, and they absolutely did. It will be important for our entire team to understand the pressures of these types of matches, and we expect another difficult test next week against a Saint Mary's team that has one of the top defenses in the MIAA."
Senior Sam Barker set the tone offensively for Adrian with five shots on goal. The Scots were led by Agatha Weddle and Macayla Greiner who each had three shots on net. Platz made eight saves for the Scots. The win propels Adrian into a first-place tie with the Scots (15 points) with the Bulldogs having one more loss in the league. Calvin and Hope are tied for second with 13 points.