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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 8 Spring Arbor University women’s soccer team overcame an early goal by Davenport University to defeat the Panthers 3-1 and earn its third straight victory on Tuesday night.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 3-1 on the season while the Panthers dropped to 0-2.

Davenport struck first in the 25th minute off a corner kick to open the scoring, but SAU responded immediately. Less than four minutes, freshman Bethany Balcer ripped a shot past the DU goalkeeper from 17 yards out to level the score 1-1.

Just before the end of the half, Balcer would find senior Nikki Bonnema to give the Cougars a 2-1 advantage heading into the break.

Spring Arbor continued to apply the pressure in the second half, outshooting the home team 9-2 in the period, and its efforts were rewarded when junior Corrie Good found the back of the net in the 72nd minute.

Balcer registered four points on the night with one goal and two assists while senior netminder Sarah Yancer finished with two saves.

Spring Arbor racked up 19 shots, putting 11 on target, while limiting Davenport to five. The Cougars also held an 11-3 advantage in corner kicks.

The Cougars will return home to host Indiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

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