Women’s Soccer Clipped by Late Alma Goal in 2-1 Loss
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
By sports information student assistant Mark DeHaan
After defeating Trine last week Wednesday 4-2, the Calvin women’s soccer team was looking to build off its first win on the year as the played host to Alma on Tuesday afternoon. Alma, 5-1 on the season and 1-1 in conference, was going to be a challenge for the Knights.
The Scots have scored an MIAA-leading 18 goals this year while only allowing three on the young season. It looked like the Scots would take the early lead as an Alma cross made its way into the middle and past Calvin freshmen keeper Lauren Merz. An Alma forward would control the ball and would put a shot on net, but the ball was deflected by a sliding Laura VanEngen and pushed out of bounds. With 34:00 remaining, junior Liz Cancel made a run on a counter attack and passed the ball to fellow junior Francesca Smith. Smith would put a shot on net, but it would be blocked by an Alma defender.
The Scots would continue to utilize the cross during the first half, putting a number of balls into the middle. Lauren Merz was able to push aside all the shots however, and the game would head into halftime at 0-0. Less than five minutes into the second half, Calvin was able to get the ball to the strong-footed Liz Cancel. Making the most of her opportunity, Cancel would take a shot from the top of the box on the left side and put it at the far post into the side netting to give Calvin the 1-0 lead. The Knights would control the ball for the next few minutes as they were able to put a few more shots on net, but were unable to extend their lead.
With 33:15 left in the game, it looked like Alma would tie as an Annette Stromberg shot was put toward the net, but would bounce off the post and would be cleared. Less than ten minutes later, the Scots would in fact tie as Elaine Cunningham would put a shot at the near post that would slip between the post and new Calvin keeper Stephanie Goeldner. Looking to respond, Cancel would get another shot on net. Moving into the middle of the box unguarded, the junior would put a shot on net that was punched over by a leaping Monica Witt, senior keeper for the Scots.
The teams would fight back-and-forth for the next fifteen minutes, with each squad earning opportunities on net. Showing the experience that lead them to an MIAA regular season crown last year, the Scots would put the ball into the back of the net with 1:13 left in the game to take the 2-1 lead. The Scots would run out the clock and take the win, bringing their record to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in conference.
The Knights now move to 1-5 on the season, and 1-1 in conference. Calvin now looks forward to Thursday when it will travel to Albion for a 4:00 p.m. contest against the Britons.