Oct. 9, 2013
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Ignited by a goal and an assist by junior forward Kyla Kellermann and a six-save effort by senior goalkeeper Payj O'Shea, the Oakland women's soccer team (5-7-1, 1-2-0) earned its first victory in Horizon League play with a 2-0 shutout over Valparaiso (7-5-1, 1-2-0) Wednesday evening at OU Soccer Field.
"We absolutely needed it," said Oakland interim head coach Dave Morgan of the home win, which halted a three-game slide. "I knew the team was ready. We were prepared, and the players responded."
Oakland wasted little time getting on the board. Alice Palmer gathered a ball on the left side in the sixth minute, spun tightly and served a cross to find Kellermann's head. Kellermann re-directed the ball to the near post for the game's first shot on goal.
"We knew they were good defensively, and we came out ready to play," Kellermann said.
A few moments later, O'Shea made a critical save on a long shot by Valpo, as she stretched high to parry away a 25-yard attempt in the 10th minute.
Oakland added a key second goal in the second stanza. On a counter attack that built 70 yards from goal, Kellermann was off to the races before slotting a ball to the left side for Jamie Horne. In stride, Horne gathered the ball and tucked a shot to the far post from 15 yards.
The Golden Grizzlies finished with a 13-10 advantage in shots, but the Crusaders had six shots on goal to Oakland's five. O'Shea was up for the challenge in stopping all six shots her way for her second shutout of the season. Valpo counterpart Kristen Manski finished with three saves.
A three-game home stand continues for Oakland when the Golden Grizzlies host Youngstown State Saturday, Oct. 12 for a 7 p.m. ET tilt.