Women’s Soccer Battles Saint Mary’s to 1-1 Double Overtime Tie
Saturday, October 20, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin women’s soccer looked to stay atop the MIAA as it hosted the Belles of Saint Mary’s Saturday afternoon. With a 1-1 tie between Hope and Adrian earlier in the day, the Knights did just that as it played to a dominating, yet somewhat disappointing, 1-1 draw against Saint Mary’s.
Saint Mary’s had the first strong opportunity of the game as some miscommunication between the Calvin defense and junior keeper Ashton Hearn gave Ashley Morfin a wide open shot on net. After slipping on the wet field, Hearn recovered enough to get a hand on the Morfin shot. The shot, still headed to the back of the net, was then kicked off the goal line by freshman Jamie Verbal who came from the far side to keep the game scoreless.
Calvin had a great chance of its own just minutes later as freshman Paige Capel found herself wide open in the middle of the box. Shooting with her left foot, Capel mishit the ball and it went straight toward the Belles’ keeper to again keep the scoreboard reading 0-0.
Despite a 7-1 shots advantage in favor of the Knights, Calvin was unable to put any strong chances on frame.
In the second half, it looked like another late goal would be in order as Calvin continued to put their best chances wide or at the keeper.
Then, in the 80th minute, freshman Taylor TenHarmsel put the Knights up on a head ball off a corner kick from senior Liz Cancel. The goal was the fifth in four games for the freshman.
But, with time ticking away, Saint Mary’s came up with a clutch goal.
With under a minute remaining, the Belles earned a corner kick. The kick was placed into the box, and the ball, bouncing around, found the back of the net as the Knights were unable to clear it and the Belles tied the game at 1-1.
Calvin held an 18-6 shots advantage and an 8-2 corner kick advantage as the teams headed into halftime.
The Knights continued their dominance throughout the overtime periods, outshooting the Belles 5-3 and forcing the Saint Mary’s keeper into three saves. Calvin could not capitalize, however, and the Knights played the Belles to a 1-1 draw.
Saint Mary’s keeper Chanler Rosenbaum made eight saves in the game. Hearn made three saves for the Knights. Calvin built a 23-9 shots advantage over the course of the game and an 11-2 corner kick advantage.
“Obviously efficiency continues to be a problem for us,” said head coach Mark Recker. “We can move the ball, we can get opportunities, we put a number on frame, and their goalie just came up big a couple times.”
Calvin still sits two points ahead of Hope in the MIAA as Hope also played to a draw today against Adrian. The Knights are now 9-2-1 in conference and 10-3-1 overall while Saint Mary’s moves to 11-3-2 overall and 8-3-1 in the MIAA. Calvin now looks forward to Tuesday when it will travel to Albion to take on the Britons. The game is slated to start at 4 p.m.