HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech soccer team fell 4-1 to No. 14 Ashland in GLIAC play Friday on Sherman Field at Kearly Stadium. With the loss, the Huskies fall to 3-8-1 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
Trailing 4-0 with time winding down in the game, junior Brooke Schauer floated a cross into the penalty area, and junior Jesse Jacobusse out-jumped her defender to nod the ball down and on target. In the mass of bodies in front of the goal, sophomore Gabby Sgambati reached out with her foot and tapped the ball into the net for her fifth goal of the season to make it 4-1 with under 30 seconds to play.
Ashland (11-1-1, 5-0 GLIAC) struck first in the 24th when Deijah Swihart stepped up to take a free kick from 20 yards away and curled a shot around the wall and past a diving Gracie VanLangevelde and into the net.
An Ashland player was fouled inside the penalty area in the 55th minute, and Faith Lewis stepped to the spot for the Eagles to face VanLagevelde, who already saved one penalty this season against Northwood. Unfortunately, VanLangevelde went the wrong way and Lewis finished bottom left for the goal. Swihart would score her second of the evening one minute later on a failed Michigan Tech clearance that she pounced on and slipped her shot past VanLangevelde. Abby Grzetic made it 4-0 Eagles when she received a pass off a throw-in and tucked her shot from just outside the box into the bottom right corner.
The teams tied for total shots with 18 apiece, as Ashland took 12 first half shots and six in the second half, and Michigan Tech got off five shots in the first half and 13 in the second. Ashland earned six corner kicks to Michigan Tech's three, and they committed 13 fouls against the Huskies' 14.
Schauer and Jacobusse were both credited with the assist on Sgambati's goal. Sgambati led the team with six total shots and three shots on goal as two of her shots forced the Ashland keeper into two diving saves. VanLangevelde made three saves in the defeat, while Hannah Lee was credited with the win with six saves in 84:57 of action. Abby Lampe played the final 5:03 of the contest for the Eagles. Ashland's Nadya Boualany picked up a yellow card in the 55th minute for a harsh foul against sophomore Stephanie Yeager.
"I was proud of our team and how they played against a tough opponent. It was a really intense game, they worked really hard, and they played for 90 minutes," said head coach Michelle Jacob. "They were able to score a goal in the last five minutes, so I'm happy that they never gave up."
Michigan Tech will conclude the home portion of its schedule on Sunday (Oct. 27) as they host Saginaw Valley State at noon. The Cardinals (7-5, 4-1 GLIAC) defeated Northern Michigan 4-0 on Friday, and are looking for payback of last year's 3-2 Michigan Tech win.