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Bonifas Nets Game-Winner at Davenport

Bonifas Nets Game-Winner at Davenport

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Michigan Tech soccer team concluded the first of two road weekends with a 1-0 victory over Davenport at the Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

"We had to be very composed today as Davenport can be extremely disruptive, which can really impact the attacking flow of the game," head coach Turk Ozturk said. "The GLIAC never disappoints - it was another fierce battle. I am so proud of the way our defense stepped up today and over the weekend in general.  

"Our team's unwavering focus is remarkable, whether in the library to stay on top of their coursework or executing the game plan with precision on the field. As you know, there are so many variables to consider when putting together a winning strategy, and each team presents a unique threat. While we enter each match with a well-conceived game plan, our ability to be nimble and flexible is critical. This group of student-athletes is extremely intelligent, so they can easily handle anything that comes their way, which is a testament to their experience and tactical agility."

"I am so proud of Cassie for coming up with another clutch goal off a set piece," Ozturk added. "And I am equally proud of the spirit, trust, and support that surrounds this team which continues to lift and energize us. We will enjoy the long ride home, but starting tomorrow, we will refocus on what's ahead."

Michigan Tech breaks a two-game tie streak to move to 5-2-6 overall and 4-1-4 in conference play. Davenport falls to 4-5-3 overall and 1-5-3 in the loop.

The Huskies had control from start to finish with the team firing 13 shots compared to the Panthers five. The offensive possessions allowed for an easy day between the posts for Gracie VanLangevelde, making two saves en route to her 14th career shutout.

The Black & Gold fired three shots at the Panthers' goal before Cassie Bonifas connected on a free kick, marking her fourth goal of the season at 11:51. 

The two teams would battle through the remainder with Tech taking two more shots before heading into halftime. 

Davenport had a good look at the goal early into the second half, however, the goal was called off, deflating the Panthers' comeback hopes.

Tech would take four shots at the Panthers' net in the second half with none reaching the goal.

Lee paced the offense with two shots on goal while the Huskies totaled 13 shots for five on goal.

Davenport earned seven corner kicks compared to Michigan Tech's six.

Up Next

The Huskies complete the second consecutive road weekend traveling to Parkside on Friday (Oct. 20) slated for a 2:30 p.m. start time before facing Purdue Northwest at Noon on Sunday (Oct. 22).