Late Penalty Kick Lifts Knights To Win Over Polar Bears
Saturday, September 13, 2008
By Chaz Amidon
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – While heavy afternoon showers stifled the pace of Saturday’s home bout against Ohio Northern, the Knights were able to overcome an early deficit and, with under seven minutes remaining, pull ahead off an Emily Ottenhoff penalty kick that lifted Calvin to a thrilling 3-2 victory.
“I’m just the designated PK kicker,” said Ottenhoff (Palos Heights, IL/Chicago Christian HS). “I got to take the PK, but everyone else was doing all the work.”
Ottenhoff’s goal was her fourth of the season, as she now leads all Knights in scoring (9 points).
The afternoon began in Ohio Northern’s favor when Erin Stapp converted on a one-on-one opportunity against Calvin goalkeeper Alyssa Bergsma (Walker/Calvin Christian HS) – it was just 3:35 into the first half.
But the Knights responded less than four minutes later after Carly Prins (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) ripped a shot that deflected off the gloves of Polar Bears’ keeper Kristen Dewees and straight to the feet of Elizabeth Ribbens (Tinley Park, IL/Victor J. Andrew HS), who connected on her second goal of the season to knot the score at 1-1.
Prins gave Calvin a brief 2-1 lead in the second half, sending a near-side 20-foot line drive past Dewees with 21:53 remaining with sophomore Elaine Schnabel (Chesterton, IN/Chesterton HS) drawing an assist on the play.
At the 80:41 mark, Ohio Northern’s Chelsea Albert headed a free kick from Kaitlin Sanders into the back of the net, tying the score at 2-2 after a stagnant stretch near the grandstands sideline due to deep, cumbersome puddles.
“It was very, very challenging,” said Kellie Honderd (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) of the field conditions. “The ball did not always go where we wanted and we had to fight through it.”
Minutes later, Schnabel was taken down in the Polar Bears’ goal box, which led to Ottenhoff’s game-winning strike.
“We finally got disciplined on the offensive end this weekend,” said Ottenhoff. “Coach (Mark Recker) stressed that we needed to be disciplined on our set plays and execute them well. I think it’s something we’re still trying to tighten up, but we’re getting better.”
The Knights (4-1-1) will conclude their five-game, non-conference home stand against No. 1 Wheaton – the NCAA-III defending champions – on Wednesday, Sep. 17 at Zuidema Field.