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Tech Soccer Falls to No. 13 Grand Valley State, 2-0 on Community Day

Tech Soccer Falls to No. 13 Grand Valley State, 2-0 on Community Day

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- The Michigan Tech soccer team suffered its first loss since the opening weekend, falling 2-0 to No. 13 nationally-ranked Grand Valley State at Kearly Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

"We played another very good team who has a technical foundation and a high soccer IQ, they deserve the win today," head coach Turk Ozturk said. "Overall I thought our players worked extremely hard and we had some very good moments throughout the game. We've got to figure out a way to get a result on Friday against a very good Northern Michigan team."

Michigan Tech (4-2-4, 3-1-2 GLIAC) outshot Grand Valley State (6-1-3 4-02 GLIAC) 14-9. However, the Lakers were able to capitalize on offensive opportunities to come away with the win.

The Huskies had a chance off a corner kick in the 25th minute with Grace Hoeppner looking for Emilie Clayton, but her header sailed over the net.

Minutes later, the Lakers connected on a corner kick from Daan Louwerse, finding Mackenzie Jones with a header that squeaked between Gracie VanLangevelde and the right goal post to take a 1-0 edge.

Senior Cassie Bonifas had free-kick opportunities similar to the one she scored on against Ferris State a week ago in the later stages of the second half, however, the Lakers goalkeeper stood tall and absorbed both shots.

The Huskies suffered an untimely handball in their defensive zone to force a penalty kick, which Kacy Lauer converted to extend the Lakers lead to 2-0 with less than eight minutes to play in regulation.

Defensively, goalkeeper Gracie VanLangevelde made three saves on the day, with Brianna Barrows earning minutes to conclude the contest.

GVSU's keeper Kendall Robertson stopped seven shots to earn the shutout.

Lee totaled four shots with two shots on goal and paired with Cassie Bonifas to lead the Huskies. Bonifas accounted for two shots on goal coming off of free kicks.

Both teams had five corner kicks on the day, with the Huskies having a 3-1 edge in the second half.

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The Huskies remain home to conclude the first round of conference play, welcoming the No. 18 Northern Michigan Wildcats to Houghton on Friday (Oct. 8) at 7 p.m.