Tuesday, September 14, 2010
(written by Calvin sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
For the first time since 2006, Calvin emerged victorious Tuesday afternoon over the University of Chicago, as the Knights outlasted the Maroons 1-0 in a match that went right down to the final seconds of regulation. Freshman winger Brittany Hieftje (Holland, MI) scored the lone goal of the match, her third of the year, in the 30th minute of play. Calvin keeper Ashton Hearn (Port Huron, MI), another freshman, recorded her 6th shutout of the year while also tallying 8 saves against the Maroons. Ranked 20th in the most recent set of Division III Top 25 rankings released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Calvin is now 6-1-0 on the year.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Calvin snapped a six-game losing streak against non-conference rival Wheaton (IL) Saturday afternoon, defeating the Thunder 1-0 at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. The victory is Calvin’s first against Wheaton in women’s soccer since a 1-0 win in 1998 at Calvin. The victory was also the first for Calvin head coach Mark Recker against Wheaton (4-1-0) which came into Saturday’s game ranked 14th in the latest NSCAA Division III Top 25 poll.
Sophomore Francesca Smith (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South HS) provided the only scoring of the game as she ripped a left-footed shot from the 20-yard line into the far corner of the net just over seven minutes into the second half. Smith’s blast was set up by a nifty lead pass from senior Carly Prins (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) who drew an assist on the play.
Friday, September 10, 2010
(Written by Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice)
Calvin upped its record to 4-1 on the year Friday evening early on in the 2010 campaign as the Knights rolled to a 2-0 victory over DePauw University. A young team with key senior leadership, Calvin has looked composed and has shown a lot of talent thus far this year, and Friday’s match was no different. Calvin received a late first half goal from freshman Brittany Hiefje and added another goal in the second half off the foot of senior Stephanie Malburg. Calvin will host Wheaton on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
LIVONIA - Calvin upped its season record to 3-1-0 with a 3-0 non-conference victory at Madonna University Wednesday afternoon. The Knights dominated play, particularly in the first half when they scored all three goals. Calvin received goals from Jillian Honderd, Carly Prins and Brittany Hieftje in the win. Freshman Ashton Hearn went the distance in nets for the Knights to record her third shutout victory of the year. Calvin will now prepare for a busy weekend as it will host DePauw University on Friday in a game slated to start at 5 p.m. at Zuidema Field. The setting will be the same on Saturday afternoon when the Knights host nationally-ranked Wheaton (IL) at 5 p.m.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
ST. LOUIS, MO - Calvin got back on the winning track with a 1-0 victory over Wisconsin-Eau Claire Saturday afternoon on the campus of Washington University. After a scoreless first half, Calvin turned the tempo up a notch in the second half, outshooting the Bluegolds 11-3. Calvin’s offensive surge finally paid off in the 77th minute of play when sophomore Francesa Smith (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South HS) received a crafty heel flick pass from senior Elaine Schnabel (Chesterton, IN/Chesterton HS) and deposited a shot into a wide-open net.
Friday, September 03, 2010
ST. LOUIS, MO - In a meeting of nationally-ranked teams, the Bears of Washington University came out on top by a 1-0 score Friday afternoon. Friday’s game marked the third meeting between the two Central Region rivals in the last two years with Washington University claiming victory in all three meetings by a single goal. A year ago, the Bears defeated Calvin in Grand Rapids 1-0 in a regular season non-conference match and then edged the Knights 2-1 in a national quarterfinal contest in Rock Island, Illinois.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Calvin opened its 2010 campaign with a 1-0 shutout victory over visiting Aquinas Wednesday afternoon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. The Knights have now won four straight games against Aquinas.
Freshman Danielle Carter (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) provided the only goal of the game, scoring in the eighth minute off play off a corner kick from senior Elaine Schnabel (Chesterton, IN/Chesterton HS). Calvin had several chances to widen the gap but Aquinas goalkeeper Kelsey Duley had a stellar game in net, collecting nine saves including five in the first half when the Knights threatened to blow the game open early.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Only one team in MIAA history has claimed six consecutive league titles in women’s soccer. Calvin is hoping to become the second. Calvin women’s soccer coach Mark Recker realized that reaching that goal will not be easy however.
“Our league continues to add quality and balance,” said Recker. “There are several teams that are capable of making a run at the league title. We’ve seen that first hand over the past few years. Our goal is always to win the league title but we realize that everyone else in our league has the same goal.”
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The preseason Division III Top 25 women’s soccer poll conducted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has been released and Calvin is ranked 15th.
A year ago under the direction of head coach Mark Recker, Calvin finished 16-5-1 overall and advanced to the NCAA III Quarterfinals for the second time in four years. Calvin also captured the MIAA regular season title for a fifth straight year, finishing 7-1-0 in league play.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
The 2009-10 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 143 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list.
The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2009-10 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom. This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years. Of the students, 19 are from Calvin.