|Cornerstone (6-3-1, 2-1 WHAC)||0||0||0|
|Madonna (6-3-1, 1-2 WHAC)||0||1||1|
|2||65:49||Julia Henning (Madonna)|
|None||Goals||#17 Julia Henning - 1|
|None||Assists||#12 Monica Brydges - 1|
|#12 Phoebe LaCroix - 2||Shots||#7 Alexis Bozinovski - 4|
|#0 Mikayla Johnson - 7||Saves||#1 Julia Stewart - 4|
|5 (4)||Shots (on goal)||15 (9)|
LIVONIA, Mich. – The Madonna University women's soccer team had a plan to pepper the Cornerstone University goalkeeper with low shots in their Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference showdown to wrap up Homecoming weekend at the Madonna Athletics Complex on Saturday and they did just that. However, it was a high ball that finally broke through in the second half to send the Crusaders to a 1-0 victory.
FINAL: Madonna (6-3-1, 1-2 WHAC) 1, Cornerstone (6-3-1, 2-1 WHAC) 0
The Crusaders dominated the first half as they attempted nine shots to none for the Golden Eagles and put six of those attempts on frame, but couldn't capitalize on their chances
It wasn't until the 66th minute that MU finally broke through. Monica Brydges (SR/Windsor, Ontario) won the first touch off a Golden Eagles goal kick and found Julia Henning (JR/Shelby Township, Mich.) open just outside the 18-yard box. Henning, who considered making a pass, dribbled the ball to about 23-yards out and fired a bender that snuck just beyond the reach of the keeper and under the crossbar for the game winner.
The match was far from over, however, as the Golden Eagles found an attack in the second half and had several chances late in the contest, which included a header that was saved by Julia Stewart (JR/St. Clair Shores, Mich.), MU's goalkeeper, in the 79th minute and a dangerous service off a set piece in the corner in the 86th minute, but the defense stood tall and earned the result.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Alexis Bozinovski (JR/Macomb, Mich.) paced the Crusaders with four shots with two on frame while Emma Camp (SO/Canton, Mich.) and Henning each recorded three shots. Camp put one shot on frame while Henning put all three on target, which included the lone tally.
Stewart remained steady in net as she stopped all four shots on goal in 90 minutes of play.
For the match, Madonna outshot CU 15-5 with nine shots on goal to four for the visitors while both teams attempted three corner kicks.
"I felt we really dominated the first half and had a couple opportunities early to put some in and their keeper made some really good saves. They increased the intensity in the second half and it took us a few minutes to match them, but once we did, I felt we really reestablished control and were able to get the goal. Overall it was a good team effort against a tough team and a good first conference win." - Paul Patton
Patton on the defense - "We've got some really good players in some key positions with Stewart in goal, May and Kitz in the middle, fast players on the outside and Alston in the controlling mid. When they all work together, they are tough to beat and that's the key we've been focusing on is keeping them together, because they are mentally tough and when they play as one, as they did today, we are hard to beat."
Madonna returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 4 as they welcome the Lourdes to the Madonna Athletics Complex with kickoff at 4 p.m. Live coverage of the contest will be available via the Madonna Athletics Network at madonnacrusaders.com/live.
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