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Women’s Soccer Defeats Adrian 2-1 in Overtime, Earns MIAA Title Outright

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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ADRIAN – The Calvin College women’s soccer team needed overtime to defeat Adrian 2-1 and win the MIAA Championship outright Wednesday afternoon.

Calvin pressed Adrian right from the start.  Just two minutes into the contest, junior midfielder Danielle Carter (DeWitt/DeWitt) ripped a shot from 20 yards out that hit the crossbar.  The Adrian back line attempted to clear, but could not get the ball out of its defensive third.  Freshmen Paige Capel (Hudsonville/Unity Christian), with her back to the goal, sent a through ball to freshmen Taylor Ten Harmsel (Holland/Holland Christian) who shot a ball short side past Adrian’s goalkeeper, Chayna Wallace, who was charging on the play.

The possession in the next fifteen minutes stayed in the midfield.  Neither team enjoyed scoring chances, although the Knights had a slight advantage in possession.  In the 22nd minute, Adrian sophomore Erin Weide nearly equalized.  With her back to the goal, she turned to her left, and shot just over Calvin’s net.  The Knights took the 1-0 lead into halftime.

Calvin outshot Adrian 6-3 in the first half, four of its six shots were on net. 

Adrian came out the hungrier team in the second half.  In the 52nd minute, Weide received a pass at midfield, and saw daylight in front.  Dribbling to her right, she cracked a shot from 15 yards out, beating Ashton Hearn and tied the game 1-1. 

Calvin nearly regained the lead in the 71st minute.  Sophomore midfielder Elle Burman (Jenison/Unity Christian) sent a through ball to Capel.  Wallace saved Capel’s shot on net, but the rebound went right to senior Liz Cancel (St. Clair Shores/Fraser).  Cancel’s one-time effort sailed just over the bar. 

The last great chance of regulation came from Weide.  With seven minutes left, Weide again broke lose on the near sideline.  Hearn came off of her line, and smothered the shot attempt wide of Calvin’s net.

Calvin started overtime on the offensive.  Three minutes into overtime, Capel had a shot from the penalty spot.  Once again, Wallce shut the door.  Five minutes later, the Knights earned a throw in deep in Bulldog territory.  Ten Harmsel threw in to senior Francesca Smith (Bloomington, IL/Bloomington South).  Smith, with her back to the goal, turned and crossed a low ball into the box.  Junior Kelly Koets (Grandville/Calvin Christian) took one touch, and shot a low ball towards the far corner of the goal passed the outstretched arms of Wallace, giving the Knights the 2-1 victory. 

Calvin outshot Adrian 12-11 in the 99-minute contest including a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal. 

“It was a pretty special moment.” Calvin head coach Mark Recker said.  “To see the all the hard work these ladies have put in during the season culminate in a conference championship is very gratifying as a coach.”

The MIAA championship is the ninth for the Calvin women’s soccer program, more than any other MIAA team.  Calvin will host the MIAA Tournament as the top seed. The semifinals take place at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday, November 2 at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. Calvin will meet Adrian again in the semifinals with the game slated for 3:30 p.m. Alma will face Hope in the first semifinal at 1 p.m.

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