Women’s Soccer Comes From Behind To Top Trine 3-1
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice
After winning big this past weekend by a score of 6-0, Calvin struggled early but held on for a victory Wednesday afternoon as the Knights were able to defeat Trine 3-1. After a scoreless first half the Thunder jumped on top with a goal, but Calvin managed to retaliate with three of its own to claim the win.
Goals for Calvin came from sophomore Francesca Smith (Bloomington, IN), freshman Paige Rindells (Bloomington, MN), and sophomore Jillian Honderd (Hudsonville, MI).
“I thought for most of the first half and the beginning of the second half we were a little too methodical with not a lot of urgency,” said Coach Recker afterward. “After giving up the goal we found that urgency and even some efficiency with some things we talked about at the half.”
Calvin led the shot total by a wide margin of 14-0 at the break, but in the 50th minute Trine opened the floodgates as a result of a number of failed clearances off the back line for Calvin. Freshman Kristin Elliot (Wooster, OH) launched a shot from 20 yards out that bounced in for a Thunder goal. That goal was Trine’s first shot attempt of the game.
Not too long after, though, the Knights leveled things out when in the 65th minute junior Carly Prins (Hudsonville, MI) played a great curling ball into the path of Smith, who took a few controlling touches and then lofted the ball over the keeper’s head from 25 yards out to equalize, her third goal of the year.
Just a few minutes after that the Knights gained the lead when freshman back Liz Drennan (St. Charles, IL) completed a great run with the ball into the Thunder half and finding Rindells, who took a nice side-step around the keeper and a defender and played the ball into an open net from about 15 yards, her third goal of the season. At 2-1, Calvin then was in control as things wound down.
For some extra insurance, a third goal occurred in the 82nd minute for Calvin after a ball was cleared back to sophomore Sarah Bowden (Uxbridge, MA), who immediately fired it back into the box, finding Honderd. Honderd turned quickly and looped a nice shot into the netting, her fourth goal of the year and the third of the game for the Knights.
“Our program really is dependent on every new class being able to come in and contribute,” said Recker about the variety of contributions he gets from a number of players. “I think our program emphasizes how important the flow of play up to the goal is, because everything before that has extreme value.”
Calvin would finish ahead 26-2 on shots for the game, with Hearn making a save on the other Thunder attempt. The win improves the Knights’ record to 10-2-2 for the season, and 3-1-1 in the conference.
The next action for Calvin will come on October 19th when the Knights travel to Holland to take on the Flying Dutch of Hope.