Women’s Soccer Defeated by Hope 3-2 at Calvin’s Zuidema Field
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
(by Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan)
After dropping a tough game at Adrian on Saturday, the Knights women’s soccer team looked to rebound on an sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon as they played host to rival Hope. Coming into play with identical 4-2 conference records, the game promised to be a good one.
Looking to get on the board early, Calvin was able to pressure the Hope defense via junior Liz Cancel. Cancel was able to put a pair of early shots toward net, with each shot slipping just wide. The Knights best opportunity of the first half came in the 15th minute of play off a corner kick. The ball would make its way into the box where the Hope keeper was unable to control the ball. It would land at the feet of Kelly Koets who would try to put the ball into the net through a slew of Dutch defenders, but the ball would be stopped by the keeper on the line, preserving the 0-0 tie.
With 12:21 left in the first half, Cancel would have another shot that would go just wide of the far post, this one on an indirect free kick that would hit off the post and out of bounds.
In the 38th minute, Hope would capitalize on a counter-attack opportunity. With possession on the right sideline, a ball would be played into the middle to a wide open Nora Kirk. Hope’s freshmen forward would put the ball into the net for the 1-0 Dutch lead. Hope would take the lead into half, but would not hold it for long. Less than five minutes out of half, Liz Cancel would cross a ball into the middle that would be touched in by freshmen Sam Osterhaven at the far post, her fourth goal of the season. The goal would tie the game at 1-1.
But, just as Calvin had responded, so did Hope. In the 58th minute, senior Danielle Petzak, Hope’s leading scorer, would head the ball into the net off a long free kick to give Hope the 2-1 lead. Calvin would get a number of scoring opportunities over the next fifteen minutes, the best coming from sophomore Danielle Carter, a kick that would be saved by Hope’s keeper, junior Megan Altieri.
With just over fifteen minutes to play, Hope was able to get out on a 2-on-1 breakaway against a Calvin defender. Drawing the defender to one side, a pass would be made that set up Nora Kirk for her second goal of the match, and the 3-1 Hope lead.
Despite the two goal deficit, Calvin would continue playing hard, adding a goal in the 86th minute off an indirect free kick in the box. Liz Cancel took the kick, passed to fellow junior Francesca Smith who would pass it right back to Cancel who would put it into the net for her sixth goal on the season.
Unfortunately for the Knights, this would be as close as they would come as Hope ran out the clock to secure the 3-2 victory. The loss drops the Knights to 4-3 in the MIAA and 4-7 overall. Lauren Merz made five saves for the Knights in the loss.
“We had more opportunities, but we came out on the wrong side of the scoreboard. As a team, our movement and mobility is getting better every game,” said Head Coach Mark Recker. “Our challenge as a young team is to convert more frequently in the opportunities we are given. Our team played very well today.”
Calvin now looks forward to Thursday when it will travel to Kalamazoo for a 4:00 p.m. contest.