This weekend saw the women’s soccer team continuing their success with two victories over Purdue Northwest and Parkside. The Lady Cards did so as they carried over their momentum from a big win against Northwood on Sept. 16.
On Sept. 21 at noon, the Cardinals squared off in a home match on a windy Friday against the Purdue Northwest Pride for their first GLIAC game.
The Lady Cardinals controlled the first half of the game, managing to put up an impressive 15 shots against the Pride’s one shot.
In the 23rd minute, Giambanco opened up, scoring with her third of the season off an assist from Molly Vanderhoff.
Just under two minutes later, defender Amanda Minissale put the ball in the air 20 feet from the net. It sailed past the Pride’s goalkeeper, putting the Cardinals up 2-0 as the first half came to a close.
The Cardinals continued their strong play into the second half, led by two more back-to-back goals from Giambanco for her first hat trick of the season. The three goals put Giambanco at six for the season.
The Cardinals managed to score one more goal before the game ended, giving the team a 5-0 victory over Purdue Northwest. The final goal came from senior forward Kayla Trevino for her third of the season off a pass through the middle from Kylie Lukowski.
The game finished with the Cardinals outshooting the Pride 33-2, with Vanderhoff, Babon and Trevino combined for 17 shots.
Sunday’s game against Parkside, however, was a back and forth contest through the first half, as the Rangers opened up scoring with a goal by Maycee Kroening in the fourth minute.
SVSU answered back later on in the half with a 17-yard goal from Minissale for her fourth of the season, coming off an assist from Vanderhoff. Then, just under two minutes later, the Rangers put another one into the Cardinals’ net via a free kick by Chloe Couves.
SVSU tied it up before the end of the half, with Vanderhoff scoring her fourth of the season.
As time in the first half came to a close, the Cardinals paced the Rangers in shots 15-9.
In the second, SVSU came out in full force, as they collected 12 shots against the Rangers’ two, and took the lead for the first time with a goal from Stroebel coming off a pass from Giambanco for her fourth goal of the season.
The Cardinals didn’t stop there, as Giambanco put one in from 10 yards out after receiving a pass from Babon.
The goal was Giambanco’s sixth of the season, which put her in the lead in that category. The game ended with the Cardinals getting yet another victory 4-2, outshooting the Rangers 27-8.
The Lady Cardinals take the field next against Northwood on Friday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m., and again on Sunday, Sept. 30, at noon against Ferris State.