Women’s Soccer Advances to MIAA Tourney Semis With 6-0 Win Over Saint Mary’s
Saturday, November 01, 2008
(written by Derek Neice)
GRAND RAPIDS—Saturday’s match up between Saint Mary’s College and the Knights of Calvin College lived up to its billing, as the Knights came away with a dominant 6-0 victory in this first round of the MIAA tournament.
The Belles of Saint Mary’s College came in with an MIAA league record of 0-3-1 and an overall record of 5-8-1, playing the top seed Calvin who is undefeated in the MIAA at 5-0, 10-2-1 overall.
Calvin senior Elizabeth Ribbons came out as the top offensive threat for the Knights, scoring two of the six goals and ending the game with 5 total shots. The other goals for Calvin were scored by sophomore Elaine Schnabel, senior Juliana Litts, freshman Kim Schmitkons, and sophomore Kellie Honderd via a penalty kick.
The Knights came out strong in both halves, scoring three goals in each. The Knights outshot their Saint Mary’s opponents 20-1 in the game, clearly indicating the control that Calvin had through all ninety minutes.
Coach Recker commented on the game by saying that: “As a whole, his team came out with the right mentality, and executed very well. Throughout the year, there have always been plenty of opportunities to score in games, bringing with it the pressures of finishing those goals.” That indeed was not the case today. Coach Recker also said that: “He is how proud of his squad, and that the plan for the remainder of the MIAA Tournament is to take them one at a time,” which has proven a successful tactic so far this season.
Ranked fourth nationally, Calvin returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Adrian at 3:00 p.m. at Calvin’s Zuidema Field in an MIAA Tournament semifinal game. Adrian advanced to the MIAA Tournament semis by tying Albion 0-0 and then winning a penalty kick shootout 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. In other first round action, Hope defeated Kalamazoo 2-0 and Alma and Olivet finished in a 1-1 tie with Alma advancing by way of a 4-3 penalty kick shootout win. Alma will travel to Hope for Tuesday’s other semifinal contest with Tuesday’s winners set to face each other in the MIAA Tournament finals on November 8 at noon at the site of the highest remaining seed.