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Tech Soccer Concludes Regular Season at Home with Scoreless Draw Against SVSU

Tech Soccer Concludes Regular Season at Home with Scoreless Draw Against SVSU Play Video

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Despite outshooting Saginaw Valley 11-1, the Michigan Tech soccer team could not find the back of the net to conclude the regular season home in a scoreless draw against SVSU on Senior Day.

The Huskies and Cardinals tie the season series with both games concluding in 0-0 draws.

Michigan Tech moves to 8-2-7 overall and 7-1-5 in conference play, while Saginaw Valley is now 9-3-5 overall and 6-2-5 in the loop.

The Huskies now sit in a tie for second with Grand Valley State in the GLIAC standings, with Northern Michigan leading the conference with an in-league record of 8-1-4.

"Saginaw Valley is a good team and unfortunately, we couldn't find one today to hit the game-winner," head coach Turk Ozturk said. "We had chances and opportunities, credit to their goalkeeper she had one heck of a game."

The Cardinals were as advertised, allowing under a goal per game this season, with SVSU sophomore goalkeeper Kennedi Pugh coming up big time and time again, stopping eight shots with most of the contest being played in their defensive end. 

Along with an 8-1 advantage in SOGs, the Huskies also held a marginal advantage in corner kicks (10-1), tying the season-high for the third time this season.

The Huskies had the best chance of the day off a free kick in the 29th minute, allowing Jordan Noble to find the back of the net. However, the play was whistled offside.

The Huskies poured on six shots, to go with taking six corner kicks in the second half, with multiple corner kicks relying on a clear from the SVSU's defense or a save from the goalkeeper.

Julia Pietila had two chances in the contest, dribbling deep into the goalkeeper's box before earning a corner kick on her first attempt and a save by Pugh on her second.

The Cardinal's lone corner kick came in the 62nd minute of play, following scoring chances from Cassie Bonifas on a free kick and a turnaround shot from Alyvia Sanom from the right side of the goal. Both shots went just above the goal.

Pietila, Green and Emilie Clayton had two shots on goal to lead the Huskies offensively. Defensively, goalkeeper Gracie VanLangevelde stood tall with just one save on the day to record her 17th career shutout. 

Gabby Green had the lone shot on goal for the Cardinals, while Pugh worked hard for the tie with an honorable eight saves on the road.

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Michigan Tech concludes the regular season with a tilt at No. 12 nationally-ranked Northern Michigan on Thursday, (Nov. 2) slated for a 3 p.m. start time.