Women’s Soccer Continues League Unbeaten Streak With 2-0 Win over Kalamazoo
Saturday, October 18, 2008
(written by Chaz Amidon)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Emily Ottenhoff notched her team-leading 11th goal of the season and Allison Boender scored her first as the Knights extended their league unbeaten streak to 31 games with a 2-0 win over Kalamazoo.
Calvin overwhelmingly out-shot the Hornets, 29-1, on Senior Day at Zuidema Field, where the Knights used a pair of first-half scores to stay undefeated and remain atop the MIAA with a 6-0 record.
“The finishes that we had were great finishes,” said Calvin coach Mark Recker. “I think we had a large number of opportunities where we didn’t finish…I keep telling my players that (scoring) is the key ingredient in performance.”
The Knights’ offense, termed “volatile” by Recker, was catalyzed by Ottenhoff’s strike in the 20th minute – a one-timer from Elizabeth Ribbens that Ottenhoff sent skipping past Hornet goalkeeper Taylor Comiskey.
Boender, who was pushed up into Calvin’s midfield, struck just seven minutes later with a left-foot chip that sailed over Comiskey’s head and into the back of the net.
But Kalamazoo’s defense clamped down in the second half, deterring the Knights from adding to their lead in the final 45 minutes of play.
“It leaves the game a little tighter when you don’t put the ball in the net,” said Recker. “It comes down to a game where you execute well or not.”
Calvin’s prolific defense was flawless once again, as the Hornets failed to uncork a shot on net.
The win marked the Knights’ 13th consecutive shutout over an MIAA opponent during the regular season, dating back to the 2007 season when Calvin defeated Tri-State (now known as Trine) on Sept. 22, 13-1.
“Defense really involves a whole team effort,” said Recker. “Our kind of a team defensive structure allows the defense to play aggressive when they have that chance to step up, and that’s involves everyone being on the same page.”
At halftime, Calvin’s five seniors – Ribbens, Bolen, Michelle Koehle, Julianna Lits and Liz Van Rees – were honored in their second-to-last regular season home game.
“These particular five are a special five,” said Recker. “They’ve represented excellence for the women’s soccer program and have continued on for all four years. It’s a testament to the level of their athletic ability.”
The Knights will now host Albion on Tuesday, Oct. 21, before traveling to Trine to conclude their MIAA schedule at Trine next Saturday.
NOTES: Calvin’s defensive scoreless streak in league play now spans more than 700 minutes…Ribbens’ assist to Ottenhoff was her team-leading ninth of the season…Ribbens is currently Calvin’s 10th all-time leading scorer, amassing 99 points during her four-year career.