Women’s Soccer Claims 2-1 Win Over Illinois Wesleyan
Friday, September 07, 2012
(Written by Mark DeHaan)
Playing in the first game of a doubleheader at Grand Rapids Christian High School’s Eagle Stadium, against the Titans of Illinois Wesleyan, the Calvin Knights were victorious, winning by a 2-1 score.
In the 17th minute, senior Francesca Smith drew first blood for Calvin. A free kick from freshman Sydney Kinney was sent into the box where fellow freshman Taylor TenHarmsel flicked it on to Smith. Smith, at the corner of the six-yard box, then one-touched the ball just inside the far post for her first goal of the season to give the Knights the 1-0 lead.
Calvin held that lead through halftime. After the break, Illinois Wesleyan began to put pressure on the Knights. Just about ten minutes in, Titans junior Hannah Ketterling got open at the top of box for a shot.
That shot went straight at Calvin keeper Ashton Hearn, however, and the Knights avoided the threat.
In the 79th minute, Calvin added to its lead as a Liz Cancel pass found TenHarmsel running free toward net. With the keeper charging out of her goal, TenHarmsel chipped the ball over the goalie and into the back of the net to extend Calvin’s lead to 2-0.
With five minutes remaining, Illinois Wesleyan looked to draw within a goal when it was granted a penalty kick. Taking the kick was Titans senior Emily Hinchman, who led IWU with 14 goals last season. Hinchman proceeded to put the ball wide of the net, keeping Calvin’s lead at 2-0.
But, the Titans did score two minutes later as junior forward Tillie Bill put her foot on the ball at the top of the box and chipped it over Calvin’s keeper Hearn. The goal by Illinois Wesleyan cut Calvin’s lead to 2-1.
Illinois Wesleyan continued to pressure, but the Knights held on to the lead for the final three minutes as they secured their first win of the season.
Keeper Ashton Hearn made five saves for the Knights. On the offensive end, Calvin had just four shots all game, and the only two the Knights put on net went for goals.
“(The team) has come a long way in two or three days,” said head coach Mark Recker. “When you have players who think the game while they’re on the field rather than just react to the moment, that’s the key. If we put ourselves in positions to make those decisions, we won’t need as many opportunities to produce.”
Now 1-1, Calvin looks forward to next Thursday when it will open up the conference portion of its schedule as it hosts Trine, with the opening kick at 4:00 pm.