Team weathers the Storm, remains unbeaten

A pair of weekend wins extended the SVSU men’s soccer team’s undefeated season.

Sunday’s contest put the third ranked Cardinals against the Lake Erie Storm. The game went into double overtime, resulting in a 0-0 tie. As a result, the team’s record stands at 8-0-2, 5-0-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

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Junior Tyler Channell (pictured above) and the men’s soccer team battled the weather and strong competition on Sunday, finishing its game against the Lake Erie Storm with a 0-0 tie to remain undefeated. The shutout was the team’s seventh such performance on the year.

Lake Erie was aggressive from the get—go, outshooting the Cardinals 23 to 12. SVSU goalkeeper Alex Bouillennec finished the day with 11 saves, adding to his already impressive resume.

The Cards ended the day with five total shots on the Lake Erie goal, none of which found the back of the net.

Both teams were physical throughout the game, drawing a total of 21 fouls. Lake Erie was given three yellow cards, while SVSU was given one.

With the 0-0 tie, the Cardinals have totaled seven shutouts on the year, demonstrating the team’s focus on defense.

The third ranked Saginaw Valley State men’s soccer team matched up against Ohio Dominican on Friday, winning the contest, 2-1.

SVSU had to come back from a one—goal deficit to keep its multi-game winning streak alive.

Winning against Ohio Dominican was not easy as wet field conditions made it difficult for both teams to play to their full potential.

Ohio Dominican took an early lead by scoring the only goal of the first half.

Bouillennec was able to keep the Cardinals in the game by making a total of four saves and keeping the Cardinals’ early deficit to only one goal.

Despite ending the first half down 0 to 1, the Cardinals were able to rally offensively in the second half.

Senior Craig Neal scored the equalizer goal at the 56:37 mark of the game by taking advantage of a rebounded Cardinal free kick.

Later in the second half, the Cardinals faced yet another obstacle. A red card forced SVSU to finish the game one man down.

While playing short-handed, Cardinals freshman Michael Winters was able to secure the victory by scoring a goal off a rebounded shot by Matthew Lang at 64:46 mark of game.

This is the third time that a freshman has scored a game—winning goal for the Cardinals this season.

SVSU coach Cale Wassermann was particularly proud of how his team reacted after falling down a goal.

He described the Cardinal’s comeback performance as one that “truly describes what the team is made of” and how they can successfully perform under pressure.

The Cardinals will look to continue dominating in GLIAC play next week against Malone University. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10.

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