Monday, September 09, 2013
ALMA - Finding a way to win at Alma has been a challenge for the Calvin women’s soccer team. That challenge continued on Monday as the Knights dropped their MIAA opener, falling 3-2 at Alma. The Knights have not won at Alma since 2010. Monday’s loss also snapped Calvin’s three-game win streak. The Scots (1-2 overall, 0-1 MIAA) roared out to a 2-0 halftime lead and added a third goal early in the second half to build a 3-0 advantage. Calvin (3-0 overall, 0-1 MIAA) rallied with two goals to cut the deficit to one. Senior Heidi Scholten (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) scored both of Calvin’s goals, netting an unassisted tally in the 68th minute and scoring again in the 87th minute, this time on a feed from sophomore Taylor Ten Harmsel (Holland/Holland Christian HS). Calvin was unable to muster a shot in the final three minutes of play however as the host Scots held on for the win. Alma held a 13-10 shots at goal advantage including 7-4 in the first half. Senior goalkeeper Ashton Hearn (Port Huron/Port Huron Northern HS) had six saves for Calvin in defeat. Calvin will try to get back on the winning track on Thursday, as it travels to Trine for a 4 p.m. match.
Monday, September 09, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin defender Kelsey Hiegel its Defensive Player of the Week in women’s soccer for games played through Sept. 8. Hiegel, a sophomore from Mundelein, Ill. (Mundelein HS), spearheaded a Calvin defense that allowed only one goal in winning two overtime games at a weekend tournament at Milwaukee School of Engineering. She was named the tournament’s most outstanding defensive player as the Knights edged Loras, Iowa, 1-0, and North Park, Ill., 2-1. Hiegel is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Calvin is back in action today, traveling to Alma for a 4 p.m. conference match.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - For the second straight night, Calvin was golden in overtime as the Knights scored a sudden-death “golden goal” to defeat North Park 2-1 in overtime in the championship game of the Milwaukee School of Engineering Raider Invitational. The victory came on the heels of a 1-0 overtime victory over Loras College the night before for Calvin. The Knights are now 3-0 on the year heading into MIAA play which begins in earnest on Monday as Calvin will travel to league rival Alma for a 4 p.m. contest.In Saturday’s overtime win over North Park, Calvin trailed 1-0 early but came back to tie the game on a goal by sophomore Taylor Ten Harmsel (Holland/Holland Christian HS) midway through the first half. Calvin then cranked up the pressure in the second half, peppering the North Park goal including a shot late in the second half by sophomore Paige Capel (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) that rang off the cross bar. Calvin finally broke through 2:22 into the first overtime as freshman Allie Corp (Livonia/Stevenson HS) took a through ball pass from Capel and slipped a shot past the North Park goalkeeper for the game-winner.
Friday, September 06, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - The Calvin women’s soccer team claimed a dramatic 1-0 overtime victory over Loras College in a first round game of the Milwaukee School of Engineering Raider Classic Friday night. Senior Kelly Koets (Grandville/Calvin Chrsitian HS) scored the game-winning goal 3:49 into overtime as she redirected a set piece sent in by sophomore Sydney Kinney (Ada/Grand Rapids Christian HS). Calvin advances to Saturday’s championship game and will take on either host Milwaukee School of Engineering or North Park. Saturday’s title tilt is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. (EST). Calvin (2-0-0) held a 15-13 shots at goal advantage in the win. The game marked a rematch of a second round NCAA III Tournament game from a year ago that was won by Loras 4-2. Senior Ashton Hearn (Port Huron/Port Huron Northern HS) was credited with six saves in gaining the shutout win for the Knights.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s soccer team got its season off to a fast start Saturday morning, scoring a goal less than a minute into the game and not looking back en route to a 5-0 victory over visiting Montreat (NC) College. Calvin received two goals from sophomore Taylor TenHarmsel and single goals from sophomore Paige Capel, senior Kelly Koets and sophomore Christina Drost. Calvin will travel to the Milwaukee School of Engineering for next weekend’s games. The Knights face the Duhawks of Loras at 5:00 pm Friday evening, and return to the pitch Saturday evening to play the Vikings of North Park at 6:00 pm.
Friday, August 23, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Women’s soccer coaches in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association have chosen defending champion Calvin as the preseason favorite for the 2013 season.The Knights, who won both the MIAA championship and conference tournament last season, received seven out of a possible nine first-place votes in the preseason poll. Alma, which was picked to finish second, and Saint Mary’s, which was picked fourth, each received one first-place vote. Hope was picked third in the poll, followed by Saint Mary’s, Adrian, Kalamazoo, Olivet, Trine and Albion.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Calvin (7) 9 pts. 2. Alma (1) 18. 3. Hope 25. 4. Saint Mary’s (1) 28. 5. Adrian 31. 6. Kalamazoo 43. 7. Olivet 52. 8. Trine 58. 9. Albion 60.
Calvin opens its scheduled on August 31 when it hosts Montreat College (NC) at 10 a.m. Calvin’s MIAA opener is scheduled for September 9 when it travels to Alma for a 4 p.m. match.
Friday, August 16, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
In 2012, the Calvin women’s soccer team was expected to struggle, namely due to a young roster, an unfamiliarity with the college ranks, and a 10-10-0 record in 2011. Chosen to finish fifth in the preseason MIAA rankings, the Knights showed early chemistry and were able to surprise the conference, earning the regular season and tournament MIAA championships en route to a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament. In the tournament, Calvin again surprised its opponent, defeating nationally-ranked Aurora on a golden-goal in extra time in round one before bowing out in the second round to fifth-ranked Loras. Calvin finished the season 16-5-1, including 12-3-1 in conference. However, the Knights will be no surprise in 2013. Losing just two seniors to graduation, Calvin returns the majority of its roster while looking for leadership from an experienced class of new seniors.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The 2012-13 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and a record 151 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 2012-13 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, seven are from Calvin.The seven Calvin scholar-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for a fourth straight year are seniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), Eric Doornbos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS), Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI, /Fraser HS), Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges present the MIAA Team GPA Award every year. This award recognizes conference athletic teams for performance in the classroom of a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale). During the recently completed 2012-13 school year, a record 11 of Calvin’s athletic teams achieved this distinction.Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while four of its men’s teams also achieved the feat. Calvin’s teams receiving the honor are as follows; women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s track and field, men’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s golf and men’s basketball.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
For the 18th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, finishing 15th in the nation in Division III in 2012-13 with a total of 651.0 points. Calvin is one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams won the title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning with a score of 1,273.75 points. The Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield Sports to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country, and is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events.