HOUGHTON - The Michigan Tech women's soccer team kept knocking on Tiffin's door Sunday until Katie Boardman finally kicked it down.
With Boardman's 73rd-minute winner, the Huskies find themselves knocking on another door: the upper echelon of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The 1-0 victory at Sherman Field marked the sixth straight win for the Huskies and extended their 100-percent record in league play.
Michigan Tech’s Lexi Herrewig heads the ball on goal from point-blank range during the second half of Sunday’s GLIAC?soccer match against Tiffin, but Dragon goalkeeper Hayley Coppola turned it aside. Tech still went on to win 1-0. (DMG photo by David Archambeau)
"It's great. We work really hard all week to come out and pull off wins and these are two really great teams. It's just showing how far our program has come in just three years," Boardman said, referring to the weekend sweep of Findlay and Tiffin.
The Huskies (7-2, 5-0 GLIAC) turned strong control of possession in the first half into a near-stranglehold in the second, and after several near-misses, got the breakthrough.
"In the second half, we gained momentum, and I think we tired them out a little by making successful, simple passes," Tech coach Michelle Jacob said.
Ten minutes into the second half, TU goalkeeper Hayley Coppola denied Danna Kasom's header on the far post. Lexi Herrewig's excellent glancing header, also from a corner, was just turned aside by Coppola 10 minutes later.
Just after a hard shot from the top of the box by Lindsey Van Rooy went just over the crossbar, the Dragons generated a rare attacking opportunity. The Huskies repelled it, then pushed upfield on the counterattack. Lexi Herrewig gained the goal line, then found Boardman charging toward the goal. The junior buried it under the Tiffin goalkeeper for her fifth goal of the season and 14th of her career.
"We just played simple balls, we played the easy ones that were there, we moved it quickly and of course, Lexi had the beautiful ball to Boardman and she buried it," Jacob said.
Tiffin turned up its offensive pressure in search of an equalizer, but had only one seriously threatening chance, which Talita Alves hit way over the bar in the 82nd minute.
The Huskies put 10 shots on goal to Tiffin's three. Jenna Phelps made all three Husky saves, including two dicey situations late in the first half, including a 2-on-1 and a solo rush.
"We did a great job of possessing the ball forward in our defensive half. So they didn't have a lot of opportunities and we brought it down to our side of the field," Jacob said.
The Huskies hit the road next weekend, starting at Saginaw Valley Friday.