Women’s Soccer Clips Kzoo 3-2 - Remains One Point Out of First Place at Midpoint of League Schedule
Saturday, October 06, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
Wrapping up the first half of their conference schedule, the Knights hosted the Hornets of Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon at Zuidema Field. Calvin came out victorious 3-2 to finish just one point behind Alma for first place in the MIAA through half of its schedule.
Kalamazoo drew first blood in the game as senior and prolific scorer Jackie Short broke past the Calvin defense and into a one-on-one with Knights junior keeper Ashton Hearn. Short beat Hearn to the far side to put the Hornets up 1-0 in the 12th minute.
In the 15th minute, the Knights equalized as junior Kelly Koets found senior Francesca Smith on the far post who put the ball into the net.
Calvin took the lead just over ten minutes later as freshman Paige Capel found the back of the net on a pass from junior Danielle Carter for the 2-1 advantage. Calvin took this lead in halftime as well as a 14-3 shots advantage.
Coming out the break, Calvin continued to possess the ball while pressuring the Hornets keeper. In the 75th minute, another Koets-Smith connection resulted in a goal as Koets tapped home a goal off a Smith header into the box.
With a comfortable 3-1 advantage, head coach Mark Recker began to utilize his bench. But, with under ten minutes remaining, the Hornets drew to within one on a long shot from Short that beat sophomore keeper Lauren Merz top shelf to cut the Knights lead to 3-2. The goal was Short’s ninth of the year.
With under a minute remaining, Kalamazoo earned a free kick from about forty yards out. The kick sailed high though, and the Knights ran out the remainder of the clock to earn a close 3-2 win.
Calvin built a 22-10 shots advantage throughout the game and a 5-1 corner kick advantage. Hearn earned the win in net, playing 75 minutes and making one save.
“I’m really proud of the team. They came out and really played some sharp soccer,” said Recker. “This team is a team that is an unselfish team. When we move the ball, we make teams chase us, and we do less running when we pass it well. That is the game that we really want to keep elevating. And the fact that we have such young members playing is a huge advantage for us.”
The Knights next game is Tuesday at Trine. The game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.