Men, Women’s soccer win on senior night

Ally Racey


Friday, Oct. 30 was an exciting day for the Black and Gold. It was senior night and the team defeated Youngstown State with a 2-0 win on their home field.

Player of the game, Cecilie Dokka and Devin Tomlinson each scored one goal.

“I’ve been trying to get my first goal so I figured this was the moment and I just put my foot to the ball and hoped for the best,” Tomlinson said.

This was Tomlinson’s first-career goal. Alice Palmer, Brianne Horne and Dokka each notched an assist as well. Oakland University’s unbeaten streak extends to nine games.

“The closer you get to the end of the season, points are vital,” head coach Margaret Saurin said.

The Grizzlies clinched the second seed in the Horizon League tournament with the win and will play the winner of the four versus five seed game Nov. 5 in Milwaukee.

This was Oakland’s fifth straight shutout.


Before the game against Valparaiso, Saturday, Oct. 31, seniors Gerald Ben, Matt Dudley, Shawn Claud Lawson, Derek Nowak, Raphael Reynolds, Matt Rickard, Eliott Tarney and Jacob VanderLaan were honored for their hard work over the season and dedication to the program.

Player of the game, Ben, scored the game-wining goal off a free-kick rebound just 33 seconds into overtime to give the team a 2-1 victory over Valparaiso.

This was his second game-wining goal of the season. Dudley scored his fourth goal of the season off assists from VanderLaan and Chase Jabbori.

It was Jabbori’s first assist of the season and VanderLaan’s third. Tarney recorded six saves during the game.

The victory was Oakland University’s first overtime win in conference play.

“The win is fantastic and all the tribute goes to these guys and what they did and to persevere,” assistant head coach Stephen Gorton said.