Win Streak by Women’s Soccer Team Snapped at Hope
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
HOLLAND – The Calvin College women’s soccer team traveled to Holland in search of a third straight win at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. The Flying Dutch denied the Knights this luxury, defeating Calvin 2-0 Wednesday afternoon.
The first 15 minutes of the game were uneventful. All of the play was in the midfield, and neither team was able to create a shot let alone a scoring chance.
In the 21st minute, Hope junior forward Raisa Yewah broke through Calvin’s defense on the nearside, and set a cross into Calvin’s box. A Calvin defender attempted to clear the ball out of danger but mishit the ball, and cleared it off the post into the Knights goal.
Ten minutes later, Hope would earn a corner kick.
This time, Hope capitalized. Again it was Yewah, heading the ball into Calvin’s net, giving Hope a 2-0 lead in the 34th minute. Calvin put pressure on Hope in the final minutes of the first half, but could not put one over the goal line.
Calvin enjoyed a slight advantage in possession in the second half, but could not get through Hope’s defense. The closest Calvin came to a goal was a shot by junior Kelly Koets (Grandville/Calvin Christian) that sailed just wide.
Calvin outshot Hope in the contest 14-10, but did not put a shot on goal in the entire game. Another big story to the game was offside. The Knights were flagged seven times, while the Flying Dutch just once. Hope senior goalkeeper Megan Altieri earned a shutout victory, her fourth of the year.
“We continue to learn things about he competitive nature of this year,” Calvin head coach Mark Recker said. “We battled as a group until the final minute on the road. That’s a positive step.”
This win for Hope (8-3-0, 4-2 MIAA) was the first over Calvin (6-3, 4-2 MIAA) in Holland since 2003.
Calvin returns to action Saturday when it hosts the Kalamazoo Hornets at 12pm at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.