Women’s Soccer Defeats Kalamazoo 4-1 on the Road To Move Into Tie For Fourth Place in MIAA Standings
Thursday, October 06, 2011
KALAMAZOO - Needing a victory to remain in the hunt for a spot in the four-team MIAA Tournament, Calvin did just that, defeating Kalamazoo College 4-1 Thursday afternoon at the Kalamazoo Community Soccer Complex. The victory bumps Calvin into a tie for fourth place in the MIAA standings with Kalamazoo. Both teams are now 5-3-0 in league play. The top four teams at the conclusion of the MIAA regular season will advance to the four-team MIAA Tournament. Thursday’s game marked the conclusion of the first half of the MIAA’s double round robin schedule.
Calvin put together one of its finest performances of the season in Thursday’s victory as the Knights (5-7-0 overall) outshot Kalamazoo (6-5-1) 15-4, scoring three second half goals including two in the final 15 minutes to seal the win.
Calvin jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute of play as sophomore Paige Rindels (Bloomington, MN/Thomas Jefferson HS) scored on a feed from freshman Sam Osterhaven (Caledonia/South Christian HS). Kalamazoo came back to tie the game on a goal by Alex Groffsky two-and-a-half minutes later, eventually creating a 1-1 halftime score.
In the second half, Calvin outshot Kalamazoo 10-1 and took a 2-1 lead on junior Liz Cancel’s (St. Clair Shores/Fraser HS) team-leading seventh goal of the season on an assist from junior Francesca Smith (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South HS). Osterhaven then broke loose for her fifth and later sixth goals of the season to clinch the victory. Osterhaven gave Calvin a 3-1 lead on an unassisted rush with just over 14 minutes to play and then added another goal in the 89th minute, putting in a shot off a pass from freshman Haley Luurtsema (Holland/Holland Christian HS).
Freshman Lauren Merz (Spring Lake/Western Michigan Christian HS) and sophomore Ashton Hearn (Port Huron/Port Huron Northern HS) each played a half in goal for the Knights with Hearn earning the win.
“This was a nice victory for our team,” said Calvin women’s soccer coach Mark Recker. “It was probably the most complete game we have played yet and we received contributions from several of our young players. They received value-added participation in today’s game and it really paid off in the end.”
Calvin will host Trine on Saturday at noon at Zuidema Field.