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Women’s Soccer Defeats Adrian 2-1 in Overtime, Earns MIAA Title Outright

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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ADRIAN – The Calvin College women’s soccer team needed overtime to defeat Adrian 2-1 and win the MIAA Championship outright Wednesday afternoon.  The Knights used goals from freshmen Taylor Ten Harmsel and junior Kelly Koets in overtime to defeat the Bulldogs.  Calvin outshot Adrian 12-11 in the 99-minute contest including 9-4 in shots on goal.  This MIAA title is the ninth in school history, more than any other MIAA school.  Calvin will host the MIAA Tournament as the top seed.  The semifinals take place at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday, November 2 at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. Calvin will meet Adrian again in the semifinals with the game slated for 3:30 p.m. Alma will face Hope in the first semifinal at 1 p.m.

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Women’s Soccer Clinches Share of MIAA Regular Season Title With 2-0 Win Over Hope

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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By Mark DeHaan

Looking to bounce back after a loss at Kalamazoo on Thursday, the Knights women’s soccer team played strong on their way to a 2-0 victory over rival Hope on Senior Day. With the 2-0 victory, the Knights clinched a share of the MIAA title and a record sixth MIAA regular season title for Calvin sports teams this fall. The Knights also clinch a spot in next week’s four-team MIAA Tournament although the top seed for the league tournament is still up for grabs.The win elevates Calvin to 11-3-1 in the MIAA and 12-4-1 overall. Hope drops to 9-4-2 in conference and 12-5-2 overall. Calvin’s final regular season game is Wednesday when its travels to Adrian to face the Bulldogs with the first kick slated for 4 p.m. The match will be a showdown for the MIAA title as Adrian is just three points behind Calvin in the league standings and could gain a share of the league title and gain the top seed for the league tournament with a win over the Knights.

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Women’s Soccer Falls to Kalamazoo in Overtime, Still First in MIAA

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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KALAMAZOO – The Calvin women’s soccer team battled Kalamazoo into overtime Thursday night at Kalamazoo’s Mackenzie Field.  The Hornets were not to be denied on senior day, as senior Jackie Short scored her 16th goal of the season, defeating the Knights seven minutes into the first overtime.Calvin outshot Kalamazoo 15-14 in the contest.  The Knights also held the advantage in corner kicks 10-7. Calvin had three good chances in the game.  The first coming form freshmen Paige Capel, who shot toward the far post, only to be saved by Kalamazoo goalkeeper Lucy Mailing.  The second came from sophomore Elle Burman, who sent a chip shot far post in the 35th minute that was tipped over the crossbar by Mailing.  The final great scoring chance came with two minutes to go in regulation.  Junior Kelly Koets got a head on a corner kick sent by freshmen Sydney Kinney.  The shot sailed just over the crossbar. Calvin still sits atop the MIAA with 31 points.  Hope and Kalamazoo sit with 29 points while Adrian has 28.  All teams have two more regular season games remaining. Calvin returns to action Saturday when it hosts the Flying Dutch of Hope College.  The game is slated to start at noon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.

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Women’s Soccer Rolls to 9-0 Win at Albion

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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ALBION - The Calvin women’s soccer team rolled to a 9-0 win at Albion Tuesday afternoon to move to 11-3-1 overall and to 10-2-1 in the MIAA. Calvin remains in sole possession of first place in the MIAA standings. Calvin led 4-0 at halftime and never looked back. Junior Danielle Carter and freshman Christina Drost had two goals apiece. Also scoring for the Knights were seniors Francesca Smith and Liz Cancel, juniors Heidi Scholten and Kelly Koets and freshman Sydney Kinney. Goalkeepers Ashton Hearn, Lauren Merz and Leesha Gunnink combined on the shutout for the Knights. Calvin will continue a busy week on Thursday, traveling to Kalamazoo for a 7 p.m. contest.

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Women’s Soccer Battles Saint Mary’s to 1-1 Double Overtime Tie

Saturday, October 20, 2012

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By Mark DeHaan

Calvin women’s soccer looked to stay atop the MIAA as it hosted the Belles of Saint Mary’s Saturday afternoon. With a 1-1 tie between Hope and Adrian earlier in the day, the Knights did just that as it played to a dominating, yet somewhat disappointing, 1-1 draw against Saint Mary’s.Calvin still sits two points ahead of Hope in the MIAA as Hope also played to a draw today against Adrian. The Knights are now 9-2-1 in conference and 10-3-1 overall while Saint Mary’s moves to 11-3-2 overall and 8-3-1 in the MIAA. Calvin now looks forward to Tuesday when it will travel to Albion to take on the Britons. The game is slated to start at 4 p.m.

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Calvin Fall Sports Teams Crack First Set of NCAA Regional Rankings

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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The first set of NCAA III regional rankings have been released for fall sports teams and three of Calvin’s teams are in the fall regional rankings. In women’s volleyball, Calvin is the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region with Wittenberg ranked second and Hope third. In men’s soccer, Calvin is ranked fourth in the Central Region rankings with Dominican ranked number-one, Wheaton ranked second and Illinois Wesleyan fourth. North Park is ranked fifth and Olivet sixth. In women’s soccer, Calvin is ranked sixth in the Central Region rankings. Aurora is the top-ranked team in the region followed by Wheaton in second, Washington University (Mo.) in third, Augustana in fourth and the University of Chicago in fifth. The NCAA regional rankings are used to help determine seeding and qualifiers for the NCAA III Championships later in November.

NCAA III Men’s Soccer Regional Rankings (10-17-12)

NCAA III Women’s Soccer Regional Rankings (10-17-12)

NCAA III Volleyball Regional Rankings (10-17-12)

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Women’s Soccer Defeats Olivet 3-0 - Remains Atop MIAA Standings

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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By Mark DeHaan

With an important conference game against Saint Mary’s looming on Saturday, the Calvin women’s soccer team had to first focus on its matchup with Olivet Wednesday afternoon. In their meeting earlier this year, the Knights defeated the Comets 1-0 on a second half goal. This game would also be determined in the second half as the Knights scored three goals in the final fifteen minutes of regulation to earn a 3-0 victory. With the win, Calvin stays atop the MIAA standings at 9-2 in conference while moving to 10-3 overall. The loss drops Olivet to 2-10 in MIAA play and 2-14 overall. The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will host the Belles of Saint Mary’s at 2:30. The Belles are 8-3 in conference and are fourth in the MIAA standings.

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Women’s Soccer Edges Alma 1-0, Earns Sole Possession of First Place

Saturday, October 13, 2012

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GRAND RAPIDS – In a matchup of the top two teams in the MIAA, Calvin outlasted Alma, defeating the Scots 1-0 on a rainy afternoon at Zuidema Field. Calvin almost got on the board in the fourth minute.  Junior Danielle Carter (DeWitt/DeWitt) fed a through ball to freshmen Paige Capel (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) on the near sideline.  Capel shot far post.  Alma goalkeeper Morgan Waier tipped the ball just wide of the net. Alma held the upper hand in possession for the next fifteen minutes.  The Scots put two shots on net, but Calvin junior goalkeeper Ashton Hearn denied Alma a goal. The Knights responded, enjoying the advantage in possession for the rest of the first half.  Calvin outshot Alma 13-4 in the session, but could not get on the scoreboard. 
The first 20 minutes of the second half were evenly matched.  In the 77th minute, Calvin earned a corner kick.  Sophomore Elle Burman (Jenison/Unity Christian) took the kick, and sent it to the near post.  Freshmen Taylor Ten Harmsel (Holland/Holland Christian) headed the ball past Waier, netting her sixth goal of the season.  Alma could not muster anything on offense, and Calvin improved to 9-3-0, 7-2-0 MIAA on the season. 

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Women’s Soccer Defeats Trine 3-0, Tied for First Place in MIAA

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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The Calvin women’s soccer team improved to 8-3-0, 7-2-0 in MIAA conference play with a 3-0 victory at Trine Tuesday afternoon.  Calvin outshot Trine 26-3 in the contest.  Freshmen Taylor Ten Harmsel scored the first two goals for the Knights.  Junior Danielle Carter scored the third with just under five minutes remaining.  Calvin goalkeeper Ashton Hearn was credited with the victory.  “We continue to get better as a team on the road,” Calvin head coach Mark Recker said.  “It is encouraging to see our level of play increase with each game.”
Calvin returns to action Saturday when it hosts the Alma Scots at noon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. 

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Women’s Soccer Clips Kzoo 3-2 - Remains One Point Out of First Place at Midpoint of League Schedule

Saturday, October 06, 2012

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By Mark DeHaan

Wrapping up the first half of their conference schedule, the Knights hosted the Hornets of Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon at Zuidema Field. Calvin came out victorious 3-2 to finish just one point behind Alma for first place in the MIAA through half of its schedule. Calvin overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring the next three goals of the game. Scoring for the Knights were freshmen Paige Capel, senior Francesca Smith and junior Kelly Koets. The score by Koets proved to be the game-winner. Calvin will travel to Trine next Tuesday for a 4 p.m. match.

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