Women’s Soccer Defeats Hope 3-2 - Remains Alive for MIAA Tournament Playoff Spot
Saturday, October 29, 2011
HOLLAND – Although next Tuesday’s game against Kalamazoo will go in the books as an MIAA regular season contest, the match will have a post-season feel to it. The Calvin women’s soccer team made sure of that on Saturday with a 3-2 victory at rival Hope to keep the Knights in the thick of the hunt for one of the final two MIAA Tournament spots. Adrian has already secured the MIAA regular season title while Alma has locked down the second place spot. Meanwhile, Calvin, Kalamazoo and Hope are all locked in a three-way struggle for the final two spots for the four-team MIAA Tournament scheduled for November 3 and 5.
Calvin (10-9-0 overall, 10-5-0 MIAA) is now tied with Hope (12-6-0 overall, 10-5-0 MIAA) for fourth place in the MIAA standings with Kalamazoo just three points ahead at 11-4-0 in league play. A Calvin victory on Tuesday against Kalamazoo would secure the Knights a spot in the MIAA Tournament.
In its victory over Hope Saturday, the Knights fell behind 1-0 on a goal just 6:44 into the match but Calvin came back to score the next three to take a 3-1 lead. Freshman Sam Osterhaven (South Christian HS) tied the game in the 11th minute on a feed from junior Liz Cancel (Fraser HS) for her 10th goal of the season. In the 12th minute, senior Kara Zondervan (Lakewood, CA) got loose for her second goal of the season off a pass from Osterhaven. Sophomore Kelly Koets (Calvin Christian HS) then scored in the 31st minute on a shot from 16 yards out. The goal was the fifth of the year for Koets.
Hope came back to edge within a goal on a shot in the 39th minute but neither team would score again as the Calvin defense held strong.
“Without a doubt, it was a quality win for our team,” said Calvin head coach Mark Recker. “I thought were opportunistic on our scoring chances in the first half and I thought our defense played well down the stretch which was huge. We are grateful to be playing for a spot in the league tournament on Tuesday. It should be an exciting game.”
Hope held a 13-12 shots at goal advantage while Calvin freshman goalkeeper Lauren Merz (Western Michigan Christian HS) had two saves for the Knights.
Tuesday’s game between Calvin and Kalamazoo is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Hope will also play at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, traveling to Saint Mary’s.