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MIAA Commissioner David Neilson to Retire at Conclusion of 2013-14 Academic Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council.  He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.

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Calvin Women’s Soccer Team Cracks Final Division III Top 25 Polls

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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The Calvin women’s soccer team has finished ranked in a pair of final season-ending national polls.  Calvin is ranked 22nd in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III Top 25 post-season poll. Under the direction of head coach Mark Recker, the Knights finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 19-3-2. Calvin captured the MIAA regular season title with a 13-2-1 conference mark and then won the league tournament for the second straight year, defeating Adrian and Hope in tournament play. Calvin also advanced to the NCAA III Tournament for the second straight year and for the eighth time in the last nine years.

NSCAA Division III Top 25 Poll

D3soccer.com Top 25 poll

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Calvin Lands Three on NSCAA Division III All-Central Region Women’s Soccer Teams

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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NSCAA Division III All-Central Region Women's Soccer Teams

Three members of the Calvin women’s soccer team have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Continental Tire Division III All-Central Region second team. Named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division III All-Central Region second team are senior Danielle Carter and sophomores Paige Capel and Taylor Ten Harmsel. Under the direction of head coach Mark Recker, Calvin finished the year with an overall record of 19-3-2 and captured the MIAA regular season title with a league mark of 13-2-1. The Knights then captured the MIAA Tournament crown with tournament wins over Adrian and Hope and then advanced to the second round of the NCAA III Tournament before bowing to top-ranked Washington University of St. Louis. Calvin’s 19 wins were the second highest single-season total in Calvin women’s soccer history.

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Women’s Soccer Bows Out of NCAA III Tournament With 3-1 Loss at #1 Washington University

Saturday, November 16, 2013

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Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by James Byard

ST. LOUIS, MO - The magical run for the Calvin women’s soccer team came to an end Saturday night on the campus of Washington University of St. Louis. as the Knights dropped a 3-1 decision to top-ranked Wash. U. Calvin scored the first goal of the game as sophomore Paige Capel whipped in a shot just over two minutes into the contest. The host Bears tied the game just over 10 minutes later however and then scored two goals in the second half including the clincher with just over five minutes remaining. Wash. U held a 25-3 shots at goal advantage. The loss ends the careers of seniors Danielle Carter, Ashton Hearn, Kelly Koets, Paige Rindels, Heidi Scholten, and Rebekah Wissink. Calvin ends the season with an overall record of 19-3-2.

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Women’s Soccer Advances to Second Round of NCAA’s With 1-0 Double-Overtime Win Over Aurora

Saturday, November 16, 2013

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Story By Mark DeHaan/Photos by Sahil Patel

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Knights traveled to St. Louis for an NCAA Tournament first round contest against a familiar foe on Friday evening. Calvin women’s soccer was matched up against the Spartans of Aurora University for the second year in a row, a Spartan squad whom Calvin defeated 1-0 in overtime last season.  In a game eerily similar to a year ago, the Knights once again defeated Aurora 1-0 - this time in double overtime.  For the second straight year, the game-winning overtime goal also came off the foot of Calvin’s Paige Capel.  The goal by Capel came with 4:09 left in the second overtime and was assisted by senior Heidi Scholten. Calvin is now 4-0-2 in overtime games this year. The Knights will face top-ranked Washington University of St. Louis in a second round game Saturday night at 6 p.m.

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Calvin Lands Seven on All-MIAA Women’s Soccer Teams

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Seven members of the MIAA champion Calvin women’s soccer team have received All-MIAA honors. Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin are senior midfielder Danielle Carter and sophomore forward Paige Capel and sophomore midfielder Taylor Ten Harmsel. Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin are senior goalkeeper Ashton Hearn, senior midfielder Heidi Scholten and sophomore defenders Sidney Kinney and Kelsey Hiegel. Calvin captured the MIAA regular season title with a 13-2-1 conference record this fall and later won the MIAA Tournament title with tournament wins over Adrian and Hope. Calvin will compete in the NCAA III Tournament this Friday in a first round game against Aurora University at 8:30 p.m. in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Follow Calvin Teams on NCAA III Tournament Trail

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Four Calvin fall sports teams will be in action this weekend. The Calvin women’s volleyball team will host an eight-team Great Lakes Regional Thursday, Friday and Saturday while the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country programs will host the Great Lakes Regional Championships Saturday at the Gainey Athletic Complex. In addition, the women’s soccer team will compete at a four-team NCAA III Regional hosted by Washington University of St. Louis. To find out more about each competition, visit the regional tournament/championships website listed below:

NCAA III Great Lakes Regional Website

NCAA III Women’s Soccer St. Louis Regional Website

Grand Rapids, Mich NCAA III Volleyball Regional Website

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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.

NCAA III Interactive Bracket

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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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