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Calvin Women’s Soccer to Travel to St. Louis to Face Aurora in First Round of NCAA III Tournament

Monday, November 11, 2013

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The Calvin women’s soccer team will travel to St. Louis, Missouri, for a four-team NCAA III regional hosted by Washington University of St. Louis. Calvin (18-2-2) will face Aurora (18-2-0) in a first round game on Friday at 8:30 p.m. (EST). Washington U. ((17-1-0) will face St. Norbert (15-3-2) in the other Friday first round game at 6 p.m. (EST). The Calvin-Aurora game will feature a rematch of last year’s first round game won by Calvin 1-0 in overtime. Calvin will be making its 10th trip to the NCAA III Tournament including its eighth in the last nine years.

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Danielle Carter and Jaimie Verbal Receive MIAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Week Honors

Monday, November 11, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin midfielder Danielle Carter and Calvin defender Jaimie Verbal its Players of the Week in women’s soccer for games played through November 9. Carter, a senior from DeWitt (DeWitt HS), provided solid ball distribution while also winning balls in the midfield with a high level of consistency as she led Calvin to three consecutive wins for the week to claim both the MIAA championship and the conference tournament.  She assisted on an crucial insurance goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Hope in the MIAA tournament championship game. Carter is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Verbal, a sophomore from Whitmore Lake (Dexter HS), helped key a Calvin backline last week that posted three consecutive shutout victories as the Knights claimed the both the MIAA championship and the conference tournament. The Knights shut out Hope 1-0 in a showdown game for the MIAA championship, then defeated Adrian 3-0 and Hope 2-0 to win the MIAA tournament and claim the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Verbal is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

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Women’s Soccer Claims MIAA Tournament Title with 2-0 Win Over Hope in Title Tilt

Sunday, November 10, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

Facing the Flying Dutch of Hope for the second time in less than a week, the Calvin women’s soccer team was looking to defeat Hope in as many chances when the Knights hosted the MIAA Tournament Final on Saturday. The Knights did just that, earning a 2-0 victory at home to claim the MIAA Tournament Championship and the conference’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament. Calvin’s two goals came early in the second half and were scored just 58 seconds apart. Sophomore Christina Drost put the Knights on the board first and senior Kelly Koets added another goal shortly after. Calvin advances into the NCAA Tournament, set to begin next weekend. The Knights first round opponent will be announced on Monday during the NCAA Selection Show, set for 1:30 p.m.

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Women’s Soccer Advances to MIAA Tournament Finals With 3-0 Win Over Adrian

Thursday, November 07, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

Looking to avenge their most recent defeat, the Calvin women’s soccer team hosted the Bulldogs of Adrian on Thursday afternoon in a MIAA Tournament semi-final matchup. The Knights lost to the Bulldogs 1-0 just two weeks ago. A well-fought first half saw the game tied at the break, but three goals from the Knights in the second half, two from sophomore Paige Capel, earned Calvin a 3-0 victory as its defense stifled the Adrian attack. Moving into the MIAA Tournament Final, Calvin will face-off against rival Hope, who defeated Alma 1-0 on Thursday afternoon in the other semi-final game. The matchup will be the second in a single week between the Knights and the Flying Dutch, with Calvin winning Monday’s contest 1-0. Saturday’s MIAA Final will be played at 2:30 p.m. at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.

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Women’s Soccer Claims MIAA Regular Season Title With 1-0 Win Over Hope

Monday, November 04, 2013

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The Calvin women’s soccer team wrapped up the outright MIAA title on Tuesday afternoon, defeating rival Hope 1-0 at Zuidema Field. Sophomore Taylor Ten Harmsel scored the only goal of the game, redirecting a chip in the box past the Hope goalkeeper. The goal came with just over 16 minutes remaining in the first half. Prior to the Ten Harmsel goal, Hope had not allowed a goal in more than 519 minutes of play. Calvin also claims the number-one seed for the MIAA Tournament later this week. Calvin will host fourth-seeded Adrian at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Zuidema Field in an MIAA Tournament semifinal. Tuesday’s Calvin-Hope game was a defensive battle. Hope finished with a 7-5 shots at goal advantage but Calvin goalkeeper Ashton Hearn was able to make four saves in chalking up her 30th collegiate shutout. Calvin swept the regular season series from Hope this year as the Knights also earned a 2-1 win at Hope in early October. The MIAA title is the seventh in the last nine years for Calvin and the 10th in program history which leads all MIAA schools.

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Women’s Soccer Edges Olivet 1-0 to Set Up Monday Showdown With Hope

Saturday, November 02, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

Calvin women’s soccer traveled to Olivet on Saturday to face the Comets. The Knights entered the contest at 11-2-1 in the MIAA and 14-2-2 overall while Olivet was 4-10-0 in the league and 7-10-0 overall. Calvin claimed a hard-fought 1-0 victory, and with the win and a Hope 2-0 win over Kalamazoo, set up a big matchup against Hope at Calvin on Monday. Calvin and Hope are both tied for first place with 37 points apiece. Alma continues to remain one point behind with 36 points. A win by either Calvin or Hope would give either school the outright title. A Calvin-Hope tie and an Alma win however would allow Alma to slip past both schools and claim the outright MIAA title for its own. Monday’s game against Hope is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

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Ashton Hearn Named to Capital One Academic All-District Team in Women’s Soccer

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Calvin senior Ashton Hearn has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District team in women’s soccer. Hearn is now eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration. Calvin is a member of District 6 which includes the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. A native of Port Huron and a graduate of Port Huron Northern High School, Hearn is now eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration. A goalkeeper, Hearn has fashioned a won-loss record of 13-2-2 this fall along with a goals-against-average of 0.74. She has five shutouts to her career this fall. Hearn has 28 career shutouts and an overall won-loss record of 48-12-5. She has helped the Calvin women’s soccer team move into a share of first place in the MIAA standings with a 11-2-1 conference mark and an overall record of 14-2-2. The Knights are currently ranked 25th in the most recent Division III Top 25 poll conducted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Hearn is a speech pathology major at Calvin and has been a regular member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and Calvin Dean’s List. 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District® Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.

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Women’s Soccer Moves Into Share of MIAA Lead With 2-1 Win Over Kalamazoo

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

Calvin women’s soccer played host to Kalamazoo on Wednesday evening. The Knights entered the contest three points behind Hope in the conference standings, and with the win, would tie up the Flying Dutch for the MIAA lead as Hope was not in action. Calvin defeated the Hornets 4-0 at Kalamazoo earlier this season, and with a 2-1 win at Zuidema Field on Wednesday, swept the season series.Calvin moves into a tie with Hope at the top of the MIAA standings with the win, improving to 11-2-1 in the conference and 14-2-2 overall. Kalamazoo falls to 6-8-0 in league play and 7-10-0 overall. The Knights return to action on Saturday when they travel to Olivet for a noon matchup against the Comets.

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Women’s Soccer Stunned by Late Adrian Goal in 1-0 Saturday Defeat

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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ADRIAN - A sudden strike by Sam Barker stunned the Calvin women’s soccer team and snapped the 12-game unbeaten streak by the Knights. A senior striker for Adrian, Barker scored with 8:42 left in regulation to lift the host Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory over Calvin. The Adrian win knocks Calvin out of first place in the MIAA standings as Hope moves three point ahead of Calvin in the league table. Hope has played one additional league game than Calvin. The Knights could still control their own destiny for at least a share of the league title but would need to win their remaining three league games including a November 4 home game against Hope. In addition, the four-team MIAA Tournament has already been set with Calvin, Hope, Adrian and Alma all qualifying. The only thing left to determine is the MIAA regular season champion and the seeding for the upcoming tournament.

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Women’s Soccer Uses Late Scoring Flurry to Gain 3-0 Win at Albion

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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ALBION - For nearly 75 minutes, the Albion defense proved to be a brick wall. But once the Calvin women’s soccer team found an opening, the wall tumbled down as Knights gained a 3-0 victory to remain on top of the MIAA standings. Sophomore Paige Capel (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) scored two goals inside the final 16 minutes of play including the eventual game-winner with 15:43 left on the clock. Capel’s initial goal came Calvin a 1-0 advantage and the lead swelled to 2-0 when sophomore Taylor Ten Harmsel (Holland/Holland Christian HS) slammed home a penalty kick just over two minutes later to give the Knights breathing room. Capel then scored her team-leading 11th goal of the year with 4:40 to complete the scoring. Now ranked 16th by D3soccer.com and 17th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Calvin improves to 13-1-2 overall and to 10-1-1 in the MIAA. It marks the fourth consecutive year that Calvin has hit the double-digit plateau in conference victories.The Knights held a commanding 26-2 shots at goal advantage including 9-0 in the first half. One of Albion’s two shots came shortly before Ten Harmsel’s penalty kick goal with Calvin senior goalkeeper Ashton Hearn (Port Huron/Port Huron Northern HS) making the key save. Hearn collected her 28th collegiate shutout in the victory. Calvin will now prepare for a key Saturday matchup at Adrian scheduled to begin at noon at Adrian’s Docking Stadium.

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