Late Comeback Fuels Calvin Women’s Soccer to MIAA Tournament Championship Victory
Saturday, November 03, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
A third match between rivals Calvin and Hope in women’s soccer turned out to be a winner-take-all as the teams met in the MIAA Tournament Final. The winner of the contest would earn the MIAA’s automatic qualifying bid for the NCAA tournament. In the end, a pair of late goals from Calvin, one near the end of regulation and a second at the end of the first overtime, gave the Knights the 2-1 win and the MIAA Tournament Championship.
The best opportunity of the first half came for Hope. In the 25th minute, Hope attacker Lindsay Jipping hit a shot off a volley with a lot of spin that looped over Calvin junior keeper Ashton Hearn but off the crossbar.
A close-played remainder of the first half led to a slim Calvin advantage in shots, 7-5. Calvin also held the advantage in corner kicks 6-0.
Out of the break, the Flying Dutch took the lead as a Calvin tackle in its own box gave Hope a penalty kick in the 53rd minute. Flying Dutch senior Lindsay Jipping stepped up to take the kick and buried it into the back of the net, giving Hope the 1-0 advantage.
The Knights, playing a bit more flat in the second half, struggled to create similar opportunities as they had in the first. But, in the 86th minute, Calvin equalized as junior Kelly Koets put a ball into the net during a scrum in the box.
The teams then headed to overtime. Calvin, with all the momentum on its side after the late equalizer, pressured Hope much of the first overtime. With under a minute remaining, Calvin earned a decisive corner kick.
Taking the corner kick was senior Liz Cancel. Putting the ball into the center of the box, another scrum ensued. This time, junior Danielle Carter found herself in the right place at the right time. Putting the ball toward frame, Carter’s shot bounced off a few Hope defenders before making its way into the side netting for a Calvin 2-1 victory. The goal came with just one second remaining in the first overtime.
The “golden goal” gave Calvin the MIAA Tournament Championship and the automatic qualifying bid for the NCAA National Tournament. Hearn made two saves in the win for Calvin while Hope senior keeper Megan Altieri made five.
“Sometimes it’s not the pretty soccer that determines outcomes, but it’s who wants it more,” said head coach Mark Recker. “(The second goal) got put on frame and it fell inside the post. We’re excited because we get a chance to play again.”
Calvin ends the regular season 15-4-1overall. Hope dropped to 14-6-2 on the year with the loss. With the automatic bid, Calvin will return to play next weekend at a location to be determined. The NCAA selection show for the Division III Women’s Soccer bracket will take place on Monday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m.