AU Soccer Begins GLIAC Tourney Tuesday at Ferguson Field

AU Soccer Begins GLIAC Tourney Tuesday at Ferguson Field

​11/02/15 Ashland, Ohio - The 2015 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Tournament will begin on Tuesday (Nov. 3) with Ashland University playing host to Michigan Tech in a 3-6-seed matchup.

The Eagles come into the tournament at 13-3 overall and 9-3 in the GLIAC. This is their third consecutive trip to the conference tournament. The Huskies are 9-6-1, 6-5-1. Ashland finished the regular season with a 1-0 win on Friday (Oct. 30) at Ohio Dominican.
 
"We're feeling well about where things are at for us as a team," said Ashland head coach Danny Krispinsky, "but even though we got a good win on Friday, I think we're past that. We're looking forward to tomorrow, and we know that we have a huge challenge ahead of us. We're now ready for the next mission."
 
On Sept. 18, Ashland traveled to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and came away with a 1-0 win in Houghton. The game's lone goal came from sophomore forward Morgan Bittengle in the 84th minute. The win against the Huskies was one of 10 Eagle victories by a single goal to date in 2015.
 
"Winning helps any team," Krispinsky said. "For us this year, we have a lot of victories by one goal. I think that has taught us how to win going forward. Any time you get a win, that helps. It helps your confidence, and helps the team grow. We've learned a lot from those games, as well."
 
Ashland has 12 sophomores and six freshmen on the roster, which makes it a young team. But those 12 sophomores have been a part of 35 games over two seasons, and are playing in their second GLIAC Tournament.
 

"That sophomore group and junior (defender Jessica Brown) that we have, they know first-hand what it's like for a team to be traveling on the road in the GLIAC Tournament, and just how dangerous that team can be," Krispinsky said.
"That was us last year. We're well aware of the opponent that we're facing, we're well aware of how good they are and what type of challenge that we face tomorrow afternoon.

"They're an extremely good team. They're well-coached. They have a lot of dangerous players in the attack, they're solid in the back and they have good quality midfielders. We need to stay disciplined in what we do, we have to keep them off the scoreboard and when we get our opportunities, we have to make sure that they're quality chances and we have to finish them, as well."

The first 50 AU students to pick up tickets for Tuesday's game will get in for free. Students are encouraged to check Ashland University athletics social media accounts for more details.

Tickets for Tuesday's game are $5 for adults and $2 for students with identification (after the first free 50) and children three and older. Children two and younger get in free.

 
2015 GLIAC Women's Soccer Tournament
Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Nov. 3
(Hosted at higher seed campus)
                                                                                         2 p.m. - #3 Ashland vs. #6 Michigan Tech
                                                                                         4 p.m. - #4 Ohio Dominican vs. #5 Northern Michigan
                                                                                         7 p.m. - #1 Grand Valley State vs. #8 Malone
                                                                                         7 p.m. - #2 Ferris State vs. #7 Northwood (at Big Rapids High School)

Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 6

(Hosted by highest remaining seed)
                                                                                         Match 5 (TBD) - Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner
                                                                                         Match 6 (TBD) - Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner

Championship – Sunday, Nov. 8

(Hosted by highest remaining seed)
                                                                                          Match 7 (TBD) - Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner