Women’s Soccer Blanks Olivet 3-0
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
OLIVET—The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s soccer team stretched its MIAA unbeaten streak to 30 games with a 3-0 win at Olivet Wednesday afternoon. The Knights are now 29-0-1 against MIAA competition dating back to the 2005 season.
More importantly, Calvin (10-2-1 overall) is 5-0-0 in the MIAA and in first place in the league standings. Hope (5-1-0) is tied with Calvin in placement points but has a conference loss against the Knights.
Ranked seventh nationally, Calvin took a 1-0 lead against Olivet (6-7-1 overall, 2-3-0 MIAA) on a first half goal by sophomore Elaine Schnabel (Chesterton, IN/Chesterton HS) with Schnabel jumping on a rebound off a shot taken by senior Elizabeth Ribbens (Tinley Park, IL/Victor J. Andrew HS) and poking the ball into the net for her third goal of the season.
Three minutes into the second half, junior Emily Ottenhoff (Palos Heights, IL/Chicago Christian HS) picked up her team-leading 10th goal of the year to give the Knights a 2-0 advantage. The goal came off a corner kick struck by sophomore Mindy Capisciolto (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) that was cleared out momentarily by the Olivet defense but landed at the feet of Ottenhoff. Ottenhoff then blasted the ball from 25 yards out over the keeper’s shoulder.
Calvin closed out the scoring in the 68th minute of play with Ribbens and Schnabel hooking up for yet another score. The play began with a Schnabel cross and concluded with a Ribbens finish into the back of the net for her seventh goal of the year.
With a goal and an assist on Wednesday, Ribbens moved into 10th place on the all-time Calvin scoring list with 98 points and is now tied for sixth in career assists (32) and tied for 12th in goals (33).
Calvin finished Wednesday’s game at Olivet with a 21-4 shots at goal advantage. Juniors Alyssa Bergsma (Walker/Calvin Christian HS) and Kayla Sulzer (St. Charles, MO/Whitfield HS) once again combined on the shutout victory with each keeper playing 45 minutes and Sulzer coming up with two saves in the second half.
Calvin is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Kalamazoo at noon at Zuidema Field.