Calvin Advances to MIAA Tournament Finals with 1-0 Win Over Adrian
Friday, November 02, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
.Just two days after defeating Adrian 2-1 in overtime to claim the top seed for the MIAA tournament, it was the Bulldogs who once again stood in the way of the Knights as Calvin had to beat Adrian to earn a berth in the MIAA tournament final Saturday afternoon. In the first semifinal game of the day, it was Hope defeating Alma 3-2 to earn the first berth into the final. Calvin, with an early goal from freshman Taylor TenHarmsel, earned the second as strong defense from the Knights gave them a 1-0 victory and a third game against the rival Flying Dutch.
From the opening kick, Calvin dominated the match against the Bulldogs. Adrian senior keeper Chayna Wallace was fantastic in net for the Bulldogs though, nearly matching every Calvin shot with a save.
But, in the 8th minute, Taylor TenHarmsel put the Knights up as she took a crossing pass from freshman Paige Capel and tapped it into the back of the net, giving Calvin the 1-0 lead.
The Knights continued to pressure Wallace throughout the first half, building a 14-4 shots advantage.
In the second half, Calvin looked to push its lead to two, but couldn’t seem to find the back of the net. Shots from junior Kelly Koets and Capel nearly missed wide of frame as the Bulldogs continued to hang into the game late.
Adrian then earned a free kick in the 78th minute from about 20 yards out with a look straight on goal. Adrian sophomore forward Erin Weide, who has scored 18 goals on the season, took the kick for the Bulldogs. Fortunately for Calvin, the shot sailed over the crossbar and away from danger as the Knights held onto the lead.
The Calvin defense then went on lockdown, not allowing a single Adrian shot for the remainder of the game as the Knights closed out the 1-0 victory and earned a berth in the MIAA tournament final tomorrow.
Calvin outshot the Bulldogs 28-7 including 15-3 on net. Five of Adrian’s seven shots came from Weide, who throughout the game, was shadowed by freshman centerback Kelsey Heigel. Fellow freshmen backs Jaimie Verbal and Sydney Kinney also played strong games on the back line for the Knights.
“I think we could have been more efficient, and if we had, the game would have been less stressful,” said head coach Mark Recker. “Today, Adrian made us work. Weide is a very gifted player with speed, and she is a threat whenever she gets on the ball. I think we have to find another level of mental toughness going into tomorrow’s game. I would suspect that tomorrow is going to be a demanding game on both teams.”
The Knights advance to the MIAA tournament final to face rival Hope. The championship game will take place at Calvin’s Zuidema Field on Saturday, with the opening kick schedule for 12 p.m.
In the first semifinal game of the afternoon, third seeded Hope earned a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against second seeded Alma. The Scots took an early 2-0 lead as Agatha Weddle and Taryn Handyside each scored in the first 13 minutes of the game.
Alma held the lead through the intermission before two goals within two minutes, the first from Rachel Rebhan and the second from Lindsey Bieri, equalized the game for the Flying Dutch. Hope then took the lead in the 84th minute as Katie Gabriel put the ball into the back of the net off of a corner kick and didn’t look back, closing out the 3-2 win.