The Blitz: Sept. 19

Michael Pearce, Sports Editor

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Men’s Soccer vs University of Detroit Mercy: The Golden Grizzlies improved their Horizon League record to 1-1 with a win over rival University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). It took an extra period to decide the winner of this match, as Oakland emerged victorious, 1-0 in overtime.

The game winning goal in overtime came from sophomore Dylan Borczak, who is a Detroit native. The goal marked the first for Borczak on the year, and he was assisted by junior Travis Harrington.

Oakland men’s soccer improved their overall record to 4-2-1 on the year, rebounding from their two game losing streak. The team dominated the game, with 16 shots and four shots on goal. The defense only allowed two shots on goal from UDM, so goalkeeper Sullivan Lauderdale had a relatively calm day.

The team’s next Horizon League matchup is on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Indianapolis against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Jaguars at 4 p.m.

 

Women’s Volleyball: The women’s volleyball team had two matches this past weekend, as they competed in the Redhawk Invitational at Miami of Ohio.

On Friday, Sept. 14, the team was unable to defeat the Redhawks on their home court. Losing 3-1, Oakland took the first set 25-21 but then dropped the next three. Miami outscored Oakland 75-43 in the next three sets, playing great defense and capitalizing on Oakland’s 22 errors.

Senior Aleksandra Malek led the team in kills with 13, adding three digs, one block and one ace. Senior Krysteena Davis was the team leader in blocks with three, adding seven kills of her own as well.

The Golden Grizzlies rebounded the next day, facing off against Saint Francis University (SFU). Defeating SFU 3-1, Oakland only dropped the second set 26-24.

Malek led the way again with 15 kills, and sophomore Jaime Walling recorded eight blocks, 13 kills and two aces. The team was very balanced, recording eight aces and 14 blocks. It was a strong performance for the team coming off a game where they were dominated for the most part.

The volleyball team’s next match is on Saturday, Sept. 22 as they take on Horizon League rival Youngstown State on the Blacktop at 4 p.m..

 

Women’s Soccer vs Toledo: The University of Toledo Rockets came to Rochester in a match against the women’s soccer team. The women’s team came into this match with a record of 0-8, looking for their first win of the season.

The game was neck and neck through 88 minutes, but Toledo broke the 0-0 tie with a header by Ashton Cassel in the 88th minute. Both teams had five shots on goal, but Oakland outshot Toledo nine to eight.

Junior Jaimie Leas had four saves on the day, and junior Sierra Grodsinsky led the team with three shots, two on goal.

The team looks to win their first Horizon League game at home on Saturday, Sept. 22 against the Cleveland State University Vikings at 7 p.m.