Finlandia Women win at home, Men fall on road

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HANCOCK, Mi. and BLUFFTON, Oh. The true spirit of SISU shined through as the Finlandia University women’s soccer team (7-3-1) beat Northland (0-8) 1-0, Wednesday afternoon at McAfee Field.

“Good teams dig deep and find a way to win when the ball isn’t bouncing their way,” said head coach Grace Sokolow. “That’s what we did today. It was a good start to a busy and challenging October. We’re looking forward to taking this momentum on the road this weekend.”

In the first half, Finlandia came out shooting from the hip. Megan Jordan robbed the Lions of two goals with great plays.

In the second half, senior Kirsten L’Esperance saw a goal knocked away at the last moment. With 8:09 left in the game, L’Esperance found sophomore Addie Budzinski open in traffic. Budzinski put the ball in the upper left corner for the score.

Finlandia had 28 shots with nine on goal, seven corner kicks and was called for 10 fouls.

Northland had five shots with three on goal, two corner kicks and was called for 10 fouls. Jordan finished with eight saves.

The Finlandia University men’s soccer team (2-8-1) lost 7-0 to Bluffton (5-5), Wednesday afternoon at Sears Complex.

“We came out flat in the first seven minutes,” said head coach Scott Chrysafidis. “We settled down and started to move the ball a lot better. We played well after halftime until the final 20 minutes.”

Bluffton came out quick with two goals in the first seven minutes. Finlandia settled down and began possessing the ball better on offense.

In the final seven minutes of the half, the Lions had two great scoring opportunities that were denied. In the second half for the first 24 minutes, the Beavers and FinnU had several scoring chances. Bluffton scored twice in a two minute stretch to turn the tide.

Finlandia had 12 shots with six on goal, one corner kick and was called for 10 fouls. Freshman Vova Hill had seven saves.

Bluffton had 30 shots with 19 on goal, three corner kicks and was called for 18 fouls.

Finlandia is home, Sunday, Oct. 6 taking on UW-Whitewater. The game is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.

Finlandia heads down state, Saturday, Oct. 5 playing Grace Bible. The game is scheduled to start at noon.