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Lovik saves the day for Simpson

Lovik saves the day for Simpson

INDIANOALA, Iowa – Madison Densmore scored the lone goal, Kara Lovik made a game-saving play on defense and the Simpson women's soccer team sweated out a 1-0 win over Grinnell on Wednesday night at Buxton Stadium.

Leading 1-0 in the 72nd minute, goalkeeper Megan Petersen got caught near the top of the box as Sarah Jensen headed toward the frame. Jensen maneuvered around Petersen and appeared to have a golden scoring opportunity.

Lovik made sure the Storm (2-1) held on to the 1-0 lead, hustling behind the play and deflecting the ball away from the net with her left leg, leaving an unsuspecting Jensen stunned.

"That play flat-out saved the game," third-year head coach Ryan Sander said. "She [Lovik] has been the heart and soul of this team so far this season, and that play was a perfect example of her value to this team."

That play gave Lovik the unofficial assist on Megan Petersen's 14th-career shutout. With her clean sheet on Sunday against Bethel – her 13th – Petersen moved into second on Simpson's career list, behind Whitney Franker's 24.

Despite being outshot 10-5 by the Pioneers (0-0-1), Simpson needed only one corner kick opportunity to get on the board.

Densmore made the most of the team's only corner kick of the night when she flicked a header off a perfectly placed serve from Kate Morford in the 21st minute. Densmore headed the offering out of the air and played it off the turf and into the net for the game's only score.

"Tonight was another good all-around effort from our entire team," Sander said. "It's good to see different players stepping up every game."

Simpson enters the fourth leg of its five-game homestand Saturday, Sept. 8 when it hosts Millikin in a 5 p.m. kickoff.

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