Senior Sam Barker and freshman Carlin O'Malley each scored a goal and the Adrian College defense did the rest in a 2-1 victory over Grove City College in the team's home opener on Friday afternoon. The Wolverines had the first great scoring chance of the match at the 28:32 mark as Sam Weber ripped a shot off the crossbar. Adrian transitioned into a scoring chance of their own as Barker shot from about 14 yards out between Wolverine defenders with her left foot from the middle of the field. Her shot found the lower right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead unassisted at 28:55.
"Sam made a great set of moves and then to finish with her off foot was really why she is a special talent," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "That goal coming right after a great chance by Grove City seemed to spark our team."
The Bulldogs added to their lead early in the second half as Erin Weide took a corner kick and drove it into the 18-yard area. The Wolverines could not clear the ball and Ellery Karsten lifted the ball towards net where O'Malley connected from about nine yards out for her first collegiate goal.
Grove City cut the deficit in half at the 61:50 mark off an Adrian turnover. Weber fired a long ball from about 25 yards with Jordyn White on the assist for her second goal of the season. The Adrian defense clamped down and allowed just two shots on goal for the remainder of the match.
"Grove City is a talented team and this was a big regional win for us," said Alamdari. "This was our last non-conference game before MIAA play begins and this type of win helps out at the end of the season if you can't win your conference tournament. I'm pleased with the effort and look forward to the MIAA grind."