Yeager's Goal Proves Enough as Huskies Take Down St. Cloud State 1-0
HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech soccer team needed just one goal Saturday (Sept. 4) to take down St. Cloud State on a rainy and cloudy afternoon. Stephanie Yeager found the back of the net two minutes into the second half to give the Huskies a 1-0 triumph over their Husky counterparts of St. Cloud State. The co-captain was set up with great passes from fellow co-captain Grace Shaw and Neve Badalow, made a nice cutback to get by the defender, and buried one past the outstretched goaltender for her first goal of the season.
The Huskies had a handful of chances in the first half, but could not break through. After some formation adjustments at the break, the Black and Gold were able to find some more offensive opportunities and ultimately scored the game's only tally.
"We switched to a 3-5-2 right away in the second half," Tech coach Bulut Ozturk said. "Once we were able to get a goal, we were able to switch our formation again and close our defense back up."
"We didn't start off the way we intended, but we were able to rally at halftime and focus on coming out strong," Yeager said. " We really needed that goal and I was really happy to see it go in."
Coach Ozturk added, "We decided to keep Alexis Shatrau back to free up Stephanie. She was able to get free and get a beautiful goal."
Yeager and Shaw each had three shots for the Huskies. Yeager was the lone Husky able to get multiple shots on net.
After playing the second half on Thursday, Gracie VanLangevelde got the nod in goal and recorded the Huskies' second shutout in as many outings. "She was very composed and helped organize the backline," Coach Ozturk said of VanLangevelde. "It helped relax our team a little bit more. It was a solid performance from her."
The Huskies totaled seven corner kicks on the day, but could not quite find the back of the net. Michigan Tech outshot St. Cloud State 11-9 for the game, including a 6-4 edge in the first half.
Michigan Tech will hit the road for the first time this season with a trip to Minnesota for a pair of non-conference games. The Huskies will face off with Bemidji State (defeated North Dakota 2-0 on Friday, Sept. 3) on Friday, September 10 at 8 p.m. EDT, followed by a matchup with Minnesota Crookston on Sunday at 2 p.m.