Women’s Soccer Defeats Adrian - To Face Alma in MIAA Tournament Championship Game
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Carly Prins scored twice as Calvin beat Adrian 4-0 Tuesday to advance to the MIAA tournament championship game. The MIAA-leading Knights picked up six points in the tournament semi-final game and host Alma in Saturday’s championship game.
“I think the way we’ve been playing these last couple games we’re ready,” Prins said. “We’re definitely looking to redeem ourselves.”
The Knights (16-2-1, 10-0-0 MIAA) need a win or a tie to clinch their fourth straight MIAA championship and fourth consecutive NCAA tournament berth. Calvin has a 35 game undefeated streak in league play dating back to the 2005 season, with the Knights posting a 34-0-1 record during that streak.
“There is a sharpness that is required of us, but we do have some room for error,” coach Mark Recker said. “The team is a hungry group and they aren’t satisfied with where they finished last year.” Calvin clinched the league title with a 1-1 tie against Albion in last years MIAA tournament final, ultimately losing the tournament title in a shootout.
Prins (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) sidestepped a defender at the 18-yard line and two-hopped a well-placed shot past Adrian goalkeeper Steffeny Burns in the 10th minute. Burns recorded seven saves. With Calvin leading 2-0, Prins added her second goal in the 59th minute, heading in a well-placed corner kick from Mindy Capisciolto (Hudsonville/Unity Christian).
“It felt really good, things just clicked (today),” Prins said. “I haven’t scored in awhile so it felt really good to finally connect.”
Adrian came into the game with the second ranked defense in the MIAA. The Bulldogs struggled to gain any offensive momentum. Calvin outshot Adrian 18-1. The Bulldogs’ first shot didn’t come until midway through the second half.
“We really worked in practice (preparing) for a team that really packs it in and plays tight defense and I think that really helped,” Prins said.
Elaine Schnabel put Calvin in front 2-0 in the 35th minute, ricocheting a shot off of an Adrian defender and past Burns. Schnabel had three points in the game, also assisting Prins’ first goal. Kelsey McCallops (Hudson, OH/Western Reserve Academy) scored her first goal of the year in the 73rd minute. Allison Boender (Grandville/Calvin Christian) assisted with a cross from the far side.
Calvin’s defense picked up its 13th shutout of the season, nine of which came in league play. The Knights’ defense has allowed only one goal in league play this year. Alyssa Bergsma faced no shots and Kayla Sulzer made only one save for the Knights. It was a spectacular save to rob Adrian’s Lindsay Chitwood of a breakaway goal in the 65th minute to preserve the shut out.
“(The defense) does a great job,” Prins said. “They’re solid back there. They don’t let anyone past them and they find our feet and give us great balls to work the offense.”
The Knights are ranked fourth in the latest NSCAA/adidas National Rankings behind Williams (14-0-1), Messiah College (17-0-2) and Lynchburg (17-0-3). Its only two losses came in overtime against three-time defending national champion Wheaton College and Washington University (St. Louis).
“What I try to have my players focus in on is that you don’t get to the national tournament without going one game at a time,” Recker said. “It’s the same with the MIAA opponent. You can’t look behind any opponent and must respect everyone.”
Alma beat Hope 2-1 in overtime Tuesday at Buys Athletic Field. Alma (12-6-1, 7-2-1 MIAA) has 26 points heading into Saturday’s final, while Calvin has 33 points. Alma is the three seed in the league tournament and can gain the automatic berth and league title with a win. Calvin will host the Scots Saturday at noon at Zuidema Field.
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